My Life as A Physiotherapist

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Why did you decide to pursue a career in physiotherapy?

I chose Physiotherapy because I believe in movement, and I believe in independence. A surgeon can save your life but a physiotherapist is the one who adds quality to your life. Right from the inpatient department of the hospital, the Physio plays a very crucial role in achieving your goals let it be going back to work, getting back to your recreational activities or specific sports needs.. Trust me it’s a wonderful profession and I truly enjoy every single day of being a physiotherapist.

I believe there are pros and cons in every profession, it just depends on how well we can handle the situation and do our best. My only concern is even in today’s world I see that physiotherapists are not appreciated enough by the other medical professionals. Nothing personal but I think each and every physio is capable enough of taking care of their patients and taking the appropriate decision depending on the condition, I mean we went to school for that we have the appropriate knowledge and skills for that, we do not need the doctors to write down the specific exercises or machines they want us to do. I understand that they are referring us the patient but it doesn't mean that you get to decide the treatment on my behalf. I am hopeful that this will change one day and everybody will appreciate the hard work and efforts a physiotherapist puts in to improve the quality of life of their patients.

What do you love most about your career as a physiotherapist?

Easily the best part of my job is helping others. I get to work with a lot of different patients, often in their most vulnerable states.

Injury can be minor, but it can also be disabling, and provoke deep emotional and mental strain. Being in a profession that allows me to have a significant impact on people in this position can be very rewarding. If I can remove their symptoms and provide them with the tools to better themselves moving forward in life, it has been a good day.

Oh, and I get the opportunity to meet a lot of really great people day after day!

What are the challenges you face as a physiotherapist?

The most challenging thing would have to be coming up against a tricky case/patient. Not all conditions and cases are clear-cut. Some more complex or difficult than others. There will be occasions where their expected recovery doesn't occur, or their symptoms get worse. It is in those times that we try other interventions, or simply refer the client to a suitable specialist.

Unfortunately, recovery in most situations is not perfectly linear, and there can be some bumps along the way. When someone struggles to improve you can't help to take it personally sometimes, even though it is often out of your control.

Another challenging area is the mental and physical requirements of the job can be very draining on busy days. As we are constantly problem-solving and utilising hands-on treatment. Some of the weeks can be pretty taxing!

Lastly, Physios get to see people at their worse, when things might seem hopeless. This is particularly relevant to those dealing with stubborn and chronic pain. These sort of clients can occasionally reach their emotional and mental breaking point. When this happens I need to listen, show my support and understanding, then often provide guidance where possible. This is always a difficult time, but can also be rewarding when they make it through the other side.

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