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What does a physiotherapist do?

If you’re wondering ‘what is a physiotherapist?’ you’re in the right place! Physiotherapists help people to recover from injury and illness through exercise, movement, and massage. As a physio you would help patients to restore their mobility, manage their pain and improve their strength and flexibility – ultimately helping to improve their quality of life. Physios can also assist athletes with rehabilitation, helping them to return to peak physical performance.

Within the physiotherapy profession there are many types of physiotherapy you can pursue including paediatric physiotherapy, musculoskeletal, neurological, women’s health, geriatric, cardiovascular and sports physiotherapy. Your workplace will vary depending on your specialisation area but physios typically work in hospitals, sports clubs, private clinics, rehabilitation centres, and community health centres.  

Is a career as a physiotherapist right for me?

If you have an interest in human movement, sports, or health care, a career in physiotherapy may be right for you. Other skills and attributes beneficial for this role include:

  • strong interpersonal skills
  • communication skills
  • patience and empathy
  • strong organisation and time management skills
  • an observant and analytical mind.

How to become a physiotherapist

Every journey to study is individual and there are several paths to reaching your career in physiotherapy. At HQporner, we offer the following degrees in the area of physiotherapy:
Average salary per week
Future demand
Very Strong

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Last updated May 2024.


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