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Physiotherapy (BPT)

Physiotherapy is a science that helps improve movement dysfunction, and promote functions of the human body and optimal health. This involves assessment, diagnosis and treatment of disease and disability through physical means. Physiotherapy aims the overall well-being of the individual in both physical and mental aspects. They use physical exercises for treating diseases and disabilities caused by diseases and injuries. The technique of physiotherapy has gained wide acceptance and is now growing at a faster rate in the health care system.

Physiotherapist studies the detailed structure of the body, its movement, balance, posture etc. They also analyze the disease and disability. This helps them to understand the root cause of the problem which helps them in their therapeutic process

Physiotherapists help patients rehabilitate from a state of incapacity due to genetic defect or the result of an accident or illness. Hence, you must have thorough knowledge of the human anatomy and the intricacies of bones, muscles and nerves. Physiotherapy is typically associated with massage, exercises or treating broken legs. But, it aims at improving the physical and the mental health of patients right from elderly people, to people with paralytic attack, disabled people. It requires training in a range of skills, to be able to evaluate and treat patients of all ages with a wide range of illness and conditions, helping and advising those who care for people and educating the public to help themselves.

Hence, excellent interpersonal skills including being empathetic, having patience and being able to understand people, is a must. Of course, manual dexterity and physical stamina to work for long hours is part of the terrain. You will also need to work closely with doctors and hence, being organised, working systematically and following the doctors' instructions, is a must.

Conditions treated through physiotherapy

  • Spinal and joint conditions such as arthritis
  • Post-accident treatment and rehabilitation
  • Back and neck pain
  • Problems affecting children including cerebral palsy and spina bifida
  • Cancer and palliative care
  • Pregnancy related problems such as back pain
  • Stress incontinence
  • Heart/lung conditions like asthma, obstructive
  • Work-related injuries
  • airways diseases (COPD) and other breathing difficulties
  • Sports injuries
  • Brain injuries (example: strokes) and other neurological problems

Scope and Career

It is an future promising profession in healthcare. Essentially, the syllabus is vast and teaches you to treat patients without drugs, and since there are no adverse effects on the body through this treatment, most patients are more than willing to opt for it.

Orthopedics, Sports, Cardiopulmonary, ICU and pediatrics are the promising areas in the field. But, the student must remember that all the branches are growing. Technology advances so fast, there is a lot of scope no matter what specialization a student chooses.

Few areas where a candidate can be placed in:

  • Centres for physically and mentally challenged people
  • Government hospitals
  • Mental health centres
  • Nursing homes/ private care centres
  • Private and public hospitals
  • Private practice
  • Rehabilitation centres and Schools for the Mentally Retarded and Physically Disabled Children
  • Sports clinics and fitness centres
  • Universities and Colleges
  • Health care institutions
  • Defense Medical Establishments
  • Universities and Colleges
  • Public Educational Institutions
  • Government Hospitals
  • Orthopedic Departments
  • Community health centers
  • Career Abroad after BPT

A BPT holder has lots of career opportunities in private sector. They can enter schools, fitness centers, sports clubs etc, where trained professionals are in demand and are paid high. BPT holder can start his career as

  • Assistant Physiotherapist
  • Osteopath
  • Customer Care Assistant
  • Lecturer
  • Sports Physio-Rehabilitator
  • Research Assistant
  • Researcher
  • Therapy Manager
  • Self Employed Private Physiotherapist
  • Government Career after BPT
  • Chief Physiotherapist
  • Self Employed Private Physiotherapist

Higher study options after BPT

These are the higher studies options available for students after the BPT course:

  • M.P.T. (Biomechanics)
  • M.P.T. (Cardio-Pulmonary Physiotherapy)
  • M.P.T. (Cardiorespiratory)
  • M.P.T. (Cardiothoracic Physiotherapy)
  • M.P.T. (Cardiovascular & Pulmonary specialties)
  • M.P.T. (Community Physiotherapy)
  • M.P.T. (Community Rehabilitation)
  • M.P.T. (Hand Conditions)
  • M.P.T. (Musculo-skeletal)
  • M.P.T. (Neuro-Physiotherapy)
  • M.P.T. (Neurology)
  • M.P.T. (Ortho-Physiotherapy)
  • M.P.T. (Pediatrics)
  • M.P.T. (Sports-Physiotherapy)
  • Master Degree in Sports Physiotherapy (Hons.) (M.S.P.T.)

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