With so many accidents, illnesses, diseases and disorders cropping up in the modern it is of little wonder why more and more hospitals, clinics and private practices advertise openings for various physiotherapy jobs.
Some physiotherapy jobs require the physical therapist to see patients at the hospital, while others allow the therapist to visit patients at their place of residency. Length of time needed for therapy depends on the problem. Therapy can last for up to four weeks to six months, or longer. Whether a person is seen under inpatient or outpatient care also depends on the rules and requirements of the physiotherapist’s job.
Mention physiotherapy jobs and many people think of hospitals and a therapist who aids people with leg, or arm injuries. In actuality, physiotherapy jobs exist beyond hospitals. Therapists are found in schools, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers and clinics, and home care agencies. They can be hired alone, or part of a team.
Acute care is one type among the many physiotherapy jobs available. This covers patients with severe illnesses or diseases whom are in need of a swift, but short-term treatment. Physiotherapy jobs in this field also provide care for patients in the emergency room with severe conditions such as a heart attack, those who are in shock from a sudden injury, and the quick onset of respiratory conditions such as asthma attacks.
Physiotherapy jobs in orthopedics demand the evaluation, diagnosis and therapy of injuries, diseases and disorders relating to the musculoskeletal system. Training in this field requires knowledge of the human skeletal system, the repairing and mending of bones, muscles, tendons and joint behavior. Physical therapists use their training in manual techniques and exercise to help the patient recover at a faster rate with minimal distress to their system. Fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and Multiple Sclerosis patients are also treated in this field.
Physiotherapy jobs in Geriatrics give therapy and counseling to the aging. Most of these jobs require the therapist to go directly to the patient’s home, or nursing home in order to perform the type of care that is needed. Specially trained physical therapists know how to care for patients suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, high blood pressure and other diseases often known to affect the elderly.
Pay rates differ between hospitals and practices. Because of the overwhelming need for physical therapists, hospitals and clinics are always adding more jobs to their listings. A physical therapist searching for physiotherapy jobs in his or her branch of medicine may search hospital listings and in classified ads both in local papers and on the Internet.