The treatment of disease, injury, or deformity by physical methods such as electrotherapy and exercise therapy rather than by drugs or surgery.
Physiotherapists are qualified health professionals who work in partnership with their patients to help people get better and stay well.
Physiotherapists also work closely with the doctors and other health clinicians to plan and manage treatment. Doctors also refer patients to the physiotherapists.
Using advanced techniques and evidence-based care, physiotherapists assess, diagnose, treat and prevent a wide range of health conditions and movement disorders. Physiotherapy helps repair damage, reduce stiffness and pain, increase mobility and improve quality of life.
Physiotherapy extends from health promotion to injury prevention, acute care, rehabilitation, maintenance of functional mobility, chronic disease management, patient and carer education and occupational health.
All people can benefit from physiotherapy at some point in their lives. While it is well-known that physiotherapists treat injuries, increasing numbers of people are coming to physiotherapists when they want to take control of their health and stay well. Some of the needs physiotherapists address include :