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Thinking Of A Career In Physiotherapy?
For anyone who is looking for a rewarding job in healthcare, physiotherapy is a great choice. A physiotherapist is one who assesses, prevents, and treats a wide range of disorders, from sports injuries to cardiorespiratory problems. Over the recent years, this profession has been gaining popularity and offering a lot of career opportunities. After obtaining a degree in physiotherapy, one can specialize in one or more areas, including chronic pain, orthopedic conditions, pregnancy and post-partum care, acupuncture and dry needling, sports-related injuries, occupational health and safety, and women’s health. In this article, Lawrence Lin, a registered physiotherapist and a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA), shares four great reasons why he loves this profession.
You Get To Connect With A Lot of People
The most exciting thing about being a physio is the fact that you get to talk with your patients, learn more about their lifestyle and medical history, and discuss how both of you can solve their condition. You get to meet and talk to people from all stages of life and each patient has a unique condition, story, and personality which means that this profession is never boring. This is the perfect career for anyone who loves to connect with people and make a difference in their lives.
You Witness People Live Better Lives
Being a physio is a great career to have if you want to be able to help change people’s lives for the better. As a physiotherapist, your goal is to improve a person’s quality of life by helping them recover from an injury or condition and ensure that they are able to perform their daily functions without any pain. Every patient is your partner in a journey towards a pain free recovery, and seeing each one of them achieve their personal health goals can be very fulfilling.
Physiotherapy Is A Constant Learning Process
Building a career in physiotherapy requires keeping abreast with the latest techniques and technologies, so there is definitely going be constant learning. Being up to date with the latest research is essential in making sure that the treatment you provide your patients is evidence based and clinically effective. In Australia, physios are required by the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency to attend twenty hours of continuing professional development every year. Attending external courses and being able to learn new techniques is beneficial to refining a physio’s treatment methods.
You Get To Exercise And Stay Fit!
Whenever a physio teaches and assists their patient with their exercise routines, they also move, twist, bend, jump, kick, and even scream with them. That’s a daily dose of exercise that you get in this profession! Doing these things along with patients makes exercise a lot more doable and fun for them and, you get to stay fit in the process. While people of other profession are getting back pains and other work related injuries, your job helps ensure that you are constantly in tip top shape!
There you have it, four great reasons why you should consider a career in physiotherapy. It is definitely something rewarding, for both your patients and yourself!
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About the Author
Lawrence Lin is a physiotherapist at Excel Physiotherapy and Wellness located in Mascot, New South Wales, Australia. He is experienced in treating work related and postural injuries, in particular, necks and backs. Lawrence has a strong interest in strengthening the ‘core’ and gluteal muscles which is vital for people who suffer from low back pain, unstable knees, and other lower limb injuries. He regularly attends professional development courses in the areas of Sports Injuries, Rehabilitation, and Orthopaedic Surgery.