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How to be a successful physiotherapist: Everything from education cost to job prospects

first_img Roshni Chakrabarty New DelhiApril 7, 2017UPDATED: September 13, 2019 15:11 IST career as a physiotherapistPhysiotherapy or physical therapy originated in ancient Greece as a way to use massages to ease bodily pain. While initially, this branch of medical science was used to treat back and neck pains, and certain orthopaedic and neurological problems, physiotherapists now cater to a vast range of medical branches, including general surgery, gynaecology and sports medicine.Physiotherapists help patients regain proper physical movement with the help of massages, exercises and a combination of therapies using heat, wax and electricity. With increasing stress and sedentary jobs in today’s common lifestyle, the need for physiotherapists and the resulting job prospects have increased markedly.India Today Education got talking with Shrikant Iyengar, Director of Education and Academy Member, ProHealth Asia Physiotherapy & Rehab Centre, on the prospects of physiotherapy as a career and how to go about it.1. What educational qualifications should a student ideally have for a career in physiotherapy?Shrikant Iyengar: Any individual aspiring to be a physiotherapist requires a high school completion certificate (10+2) with an elective science stream. Physics, Chemistry, and Biology are core subjects in the physiotherapy course, while English is the compulsory language of the curriculum.2. How can one choose good institutes which are offering such courses or degrees?SI: There are many government and private organisations offering various physiotherapy courses within India. Overall, the standard of physiotherapy education has improved tremendously over the years with more postgraduate options now available to physiotherapy graduates. Any reputed organisation, preferably attached to a medical hospital, and preferably recognized by Indian Association of Physiotherapists, would be an ideal choice.advertisement3. What is the approximate cost incurred in getting such a qualification from both private and government institutes?SI: The cost of university fees for completion of the physiotherapy degree in a government organization may cost around INR 60,000 to 1,00,000, while for a private college, it could range between INR 3,00,000 to 6,00,000, varying from university to university.4. Are there any particular soft skills (non-academic skills) required to make better physiotherapists?SI: Pleasing manners, an empathetic and caring attitude, excellent communications skills, analytical thinking and the ability to connect with people are some of the very important soft skills required to be a successful physiotherapist.5. What is the current scope of physiotherapy in India? Is there much demand for physiotherapists?SI: Physiotherapy is a growing profession within India because we work to improve the lifestyle of the population. The present way of life is becoming more demanding with increased stress levels and reduced physical activity, combined with common disorders such as diabetes, hypertension and obesity. This demographic means the demand for the physiotherapists is constantly rising, and in turn, offering more rewarding job opportunities.6. What are the various job prospects in physiotherapy? Tell us more about the job roles.SI: Fortunately, physiotherapists have the option of working in a broad spectrum of disciplines:The sports and fitness industry continues to grow in India and with it, the demand for wellness expertsPublic and private hospitals cater for a wide spectrum of specialties from Intensive Care through to Rehabilitation following accidents or strokes, and also have Pediatric and Geriatric departmentsPrivate clinics treat conditions where the clients are more active such as following knee surgery, experiencing back pain or keeping fit after having a babyAcademic organizations such as universities and home care physiotherapy services are other prospective career optionsPhysiotherapists have a role in academia, the prevention of injuries, injury management and rehabilitation, and can work in the wellness industry where a holistic approach is adopted to optimally manage an individual7. What is the usual starting salary and the overall financial prospect for a physiotherapist?SI: The salary varies depending on the experience and the expertise of the physiotherapist. A potential employee with a Master’s degree can attract a better income; however, the final salary will always depend upon the individual hospital or clinic.Income increment is directly proportional to the increasing number of years of experience, combined with additional skill sets from continuous education and following the recent advancements in the physiotherapy industry.8. What are the rewarding factors of a career as a physiotherapist?SI: I personally believe physiotherapy is one of the finest and most rewarding professions because there is no better feeling than helping people to live normal, healthy and pain-free lives. The satisfaction and excitement of a patient achieving their goal of living life to the fullest capacity can never be measured. An added bonus is it teaches the physiotherapist to also live a healthy and active life due to their understanding of wellness and disease prevention.advertisement9. Could you name some top companies which hire physiotherapists?SI: Of course ProHealth Asia would be on the top of my list as we are always keen to hire bright physiotherapists as we endeavour to grow our business in India. Over the last few years, there has also been a sudden increase in demand for quality physiotherapy and rehabilitation services in this country with bigger companies and more institutions seeking well-trained physiotherapists to employ.10. Give 5 tips that can help a fresher physiotherapist get hired.SI: 1. Love your job and have the passion to grow and succeed.2. Continue to learn and look for new possibilities of advancements.3. Having a pleasant outlook with excellent communication skills.4. Try to identify one area of specialization within the profession and focus on acquiring the necessary skill set to achieve high proficiency.5. Always be open to getting information from experts in other disciplines such a doctors, nutritionists, strength and conditioning coaches, and psychologists to maximize the best outcome for the patient.Read: India’s dance guru Shiamak Davar tells you how to be a professional dancer Read: 11 ways to improve your web presence for your first job interview Read: Top 10 recruitment exams for 2017 with tentative exam dates For more details, follow India Today Education or you can write to us at education.intoday@gmail.com Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byRoshni Tags :Follow PhysiotherapyFollow PhysiotherapistsFollow Career As A PhysiotherapistFollow Education Cost For PhysiotherapyFollow How To Be A PhysiotherapistFollow Job Prospect As PhysiotherapistFollow Starting Salary As A PhysiotherapistFollow Tips To Be A Physiotherapist How to be a successful physiotherapist: Everything from education cost to job prospectsWith multiple specialisations, a career in physiotherapy has great prospects now thanks to the increasing aches and pains we tend to facewith sedentary lifestyles.advertisement Nextlast_img

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