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Physiotherapist

Physiotherapists work to maintain and promote people's health through physical means. They also help restore function and independence when people have a disability or problem caused by physical, neurological (related to the brain and nervous system) or other disorders. Treatment can conclude practices such as massage, applications of heat or electricity, and assistance using mobility devices such as walkers and crutches.

When working with a new patient, a physiotherapist will assess the patient’s condition. This usually involves looking at the patient’s medical history and a physical examination. Once testing is complete they will look at the results and develop a treatment to suit. Treatments are guided by the assessment results and the unique needs of the patient. Treatment can often be a long process, especially when the physiotherapist must wait for broken muscles and bones to heal.