Physiotherapists are types of physical therapists who have good interpersonal skills patience and a strong dedication to helping people rehabilitate their physical functioning. Physiotherapists treat people with physical difficulties due to illnesses injuries or aging. First they gather all the details about the patient’s medical history after which they apply treatments such as deep-tissue massage electrical stimulation or hydrotherapy. They may also tailor a program of exercise to help the patient increase motion and flexibility of body parts as well as improve balance. The website www.ehow.com says that physiotherapists work in hospitals and rehabilitation centers but nowadays some are hired by large corporations to keep employees in good physical health. Physiotherapists with experience often start their own businesses. Physiotherapists must have either a master’s or a doctoral degree from an accredited physical therapy program. They must pass a state licensing board exam to begin practice and they are required to participate in continuing education programs in order to maintain their license. In addition to the strict educational requirements for this career physiotherapists must be in good physical shape themselves because much of their work calls for moving equipment heavy lifting and being on their feet for long stretches of time. The outlook for this profession is positive and physiotherapists are among the better paid professionals in the medical field. According to the website www.buzzle.com salaries for this profession depend on location and employer and experience. The average annual salary is $74000. Entry-level physiotherapists can earn between $50000 and $60000 a year but those with eight to 10 years of experience can earn between $65000 and $80000 and those that work for sports teams can earn $100000.
|Education Required:||Master's Degree|
|Tasks:||Analyzes a patient's overall medical history.
Works with patients to pinpoint their physical problems.
Develops treatment plans.
Teaches patients how to complete therapy exercises.
|Also Called:||Rehabilitation Therapist