Career outlook for physiotherapist
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would guide people though exercise programmes that make it easier for them to walk or move without pain. It would be up to you to work out what kind of treatment would be best for them.
You would help:
- People with spine and joint problems, especially after an operation
- Patients recovering from accidents, sports injuries and strokes
- Children who have mental or physical disabilities
- Older people with physical problems who want to become more mobile
There are a variety of treatments and techniques you could use, including:
- Physical manipulation
- Therapeutic exercise
You’d show people how to increase their range of movement. You’d need to be patient and encouraging but also firm to ensure your patients follow the treatment that you recommend.
It would be important to keep accurate records of patients' treatment and progress.
There are various areas you could work in, including paediatrics, outpatients, intensive care, women's health and occupational health.
You’d work closely with other health professionals, such as nurses, occupational therapists, health visitors and social workers.
You can see more about this role in the National Health Service on the Physiotherapist page on the NHS Scotland Careers website. See the Learning and development section for information about career structure, progression and rates of pay.
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