Physiotherapy course was introduced in India in the year of 1952 and
1963 in West Bengal. This health service is one of the most popular and sought
after treatment in Western countries. Although it has been more than five
decades since its introduction in our country the awareness is only gradually but
surely growing. It is quite certain that considering the population of the country
and the number of physiotherapists produced every year, the profession has a
tremendous potential for development in the years to come.
Scope in Physiotherapy -
Studies: The completion of the bachelorâ€™s degree course in
physiotherapy opens up multiple avenues for further studies. The
undergraduates are eligible for Master in Physiotherapy in India and in abroad
countries like UK, Australia and New Zealand. They are also eligible to Doctorate
in Physiotherapy in USA, India and other countries. Students can also pursue
studies in varied streams like M.Sc., MBA, Postgraduate diploma in Sports
Science, Hospital Administration.
Scope of Practice / Job Prospectus:
- Can work in Hospital: Once qualified, a physiotherapist can work in a
general hospital of multi specialty hospital or in rehabilitation centers for the
locomotors impairment (Orthopedic and Neurological) on in the community.
He/she can educate and train people from all walks of life about back care and
fitness exercises. He may also provide service to maternity patients by way of
antenatal classes, post-natal exercises and posture training.
- Private Practice: Opting for private practice and by setting up private
clinics, a physiotherapist may treat a wide range of patients suffering from
musculoskeletal and other problems like pain, stiffness, reduced range of joint
motions, paralysis and/or weakness of muscles, Cardiac Rehabilitation, Sports
injuries rehabilitation etc.
- Corporate Sector and Industries : Due to globalization, there is growing
demand for physiotherapists in our country to work in large corporate sectors
and industries which operate healthcare delivery center of their employees.
Physiotherapists can have â€˜on-the-spot-studyâ€™ of workers at work places and
provide ergonomic advice to them to avoid physical pain associated with
particular type of work.
- Teaching Profession : Some may like to acquire postgraduate
qualification and work as a faculty in a college of physiotherapy and teach and
train young students in the art and science of Physiotherapy.
- Fitness nowadays is not a partial statement but a serious pursuit for
many individuals. Instead of going for non-professional and non-scientific
methods of training, people are aware that physiotherapist can give tailor made
fitness programs to cater to their requirements.
- The course conducted in the institution is recognized by various
international credentialing agencies, which makes the students considered
competent to work in overseas countries. Physiotherapists from India have
already created niche for themselves through quality service and academic
excellence globally. There is tremendous opening for India therapists to work in
developed counties like the USA, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore
and Middle East countries too.
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