Scope of physiotherapy and career prospects:
Physical therapy, one of the fastest growing allied health areas of medicine, is the system of treatment of disease and disability using physical exercises, electrotherapeutic modalities and manual therapy techniques with referral and first contact clinical practice. It is the most important rehabilitative service needed in a community and a vital therapeutic supplement of the medical profession integral to the treatment of most patients. Physiotherapists are as essential as doctors in helping to recover and rehabilitate a patient. They must have a thorough knowledge of the human anatomy and the way the bones, muscles and nerves move. Physiotherapists treat a wide range of ailments, so specialization is possible in areas such as Pediatrics, Geriatrics, Orthopedics, Sports Physical Therapy, Neurology, Clinical Electro Physiology, Cardiopulmonary Therapy, Hand Rehab, Biomechanics, Manual Therapy and Ergonomics. Physiotherapists have a wide range of scope in India as well as in abroad. Physiotherapists are appointed in government hospitals, corporate hospitals, primary health centres, educational institutions, research centers, community centers and in sports teams. The job of a physiotherapist, which is preventive, restorative and rehabilitative, is challenging but lucrative at the same time.