Physiotherapists have different titles in different countries: in many countries they are called physical therapists. Some countries have their own version of the word
Physiotherapists provide services that develop, maintain and restore people’s maximum movement and functional ability. They can help people at any stage of life, when movement and function are threatened by ageing, injury, diseases, disorders, conditions or environmental factors.
Physiotherapists help people maximise their quality of life, looking at physical, psychological, emotional and social
Physiotherapists are qualified and professionally required to:
- undertake a comprehensive
examination/assessmentof the patient/clientor needs of a clientgroup
- evaluate the findings from the
examination/assessmentto make clinical judgments regarding patients/clients
- formulate a
diagnosis, prognosisand plan
consultationwithin their expertise and determine when patients/clientsneed to be referred to another healthcare professional
- implement a
- determine the outcomes of any
- make recommendations for self-management
We have developed a comprehensive description of physiotherapy.