What physiotherapists do
Chartered Physiotherapists combine their knowledge, skills and approach to improve a broad range of physical problems associated with different ‘systems’ of the body.
In particular they treat neuromusculor (brain and nervous system), musculoskeletal (soft tissues, joints and bones), cardiovascular and respiratory systems (heart and lungs and associated physiology). Have a look at some conditions which physiotherapists often treat within these systems.
People are often referred for physiotherapy by doctors or other health and social care professionals. Increasingly, as a result of changes in health care, people are referring themselves directly to physiotherapists without previously seeing any other health care professional.
Physiotherapists work autonomously, most often as a member of a team with other health or social care professionals. They may be employed or self-employed and can work alone. Physiotherapy practice is characterised by reflective behaviour and systematic clinical reasoning, both contributing to and underpinning a problem-solving approach to patient-centred care.
Both becoming and being a physiotherapist is hard work but there is a rich and rewarding variety of work available to qualified physiotherapists and the opportunities within the profession, both in the UK and internationally are considerable. ( Source CSP web)
The Welwyn Garden city and Hatfield Physiotherapy Practice.