Physiotherapists use their in-depth knowledge of how the body works, combined with hands-on clinical skills, to assess, diagnose, and treat people’s symptoms of illness, injury, or disability.
Physiotherapists are primary health care professionals involved in health promotion, injury prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation.
Physiotherapists aim to help people make the most of their potential to participate in life and in their communities. First, they assess a patient’s problems. Then, they establish treatment goals to help patients move and improve how they carry out the activities of daily life and recreation. The patient is key to developing these goals, and sometimes the whanau/family and caregivers are involved.
Physiotherapy is provided in a variety of settings.
In some parts of the world, physiotherapy is called physical therapy and physiotherapists are called physical therapists.
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