Determining whether physiotherapy is the appropriate career path involves a number of key decisions. The education to become a physiotherapist involves years of work and it is important to decide if it is the right choice for you. As a trained physiotherapist from Canada, I can say that characteristics of a physiotherapist involve a keen interest in anatomy, health and physical activity, as well as an ability to show empathy and a need to help others.
The Physical Therapy program is a 2 year master’s degree at accredited universities across Canada. The curriculum involves a combination of academic and clinical components. The physical therapy program covers three major areas including cardiorespiratory, neurological and orthopaedic rehabilitation. Every physiotherapist will discover their niche whether it be in a private clinic setting treating clients after an injury or in a hospital encouraging mobility and allowing for a safe return home.
Physical therapy is not all about treating athletes and being involved in sports, although that is one stream of physiotherapy, there is even more patients who physiotherapists help manage other acute and chronic conditions. I currently work in a canadian physiotherapy centre and deal with a different case on a daily basis. Physical therapists can help treat patients from stroke paralysis, to a sprained ankle to upper back pain, etc.
Physical therapy is an occupation that provides much opportunity for continued growth and development. The field of research in rehabilitation is constantly growing and there is much to be learned every day!
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