Physiotherapy is an awesome profession because it can help so many people. In addition to the answers above, physiotherapy can help in the following areas.
+ Musculoskeletal - anything to do with a bone, muscle, joint, etc
+ Sports - anything relating to a sports injury (like musculoskeletal)
+ Cardiopulmonary - these physios specialise in how physiotherapy can help heart and lung conditions, metabolic conditions like diabetes and even in ICU to help keep your chest clear
+ Neurological - these physios help patients with conditions and diseases that affect your brain and the nerves of your body
+ Paediatric - these physios help from premature babies to ~16years old with conditions that afflict children - often a mix of neurological, cardiopulmonary and musculoskeletal
+ Equine/Canine - these physios apply their knowledge to horses and dogs
+ Geriatric - like paediatric physios but on the other end of the scale - older patients and the particular conditions and diseases that affect them
+Community - these physios help patients in their own home, often after an injury, operation or hospital stay
+ OH+S - these physios help people who have their work as a significant contributing factor to their injury/condition or problem
I am sure there are many more areas of physio - please see www.physiotherapy.asn.au for more information.
The treatment you will receive from a physiotherapist will depend on what the problem is and what you need to fix it.
Antony Lo - Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist - www.physiodetective.com
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