You should have the availability to evaluate a situation and make suggestions. Critical thinking will help you analyse the patient’s body movement and offer diagnosis accordingly.
You must be well – versed with human anatomy. You will have to learn about the different ways that each limb and joint functions to get it working back to normal.
You will be using different equipment from single exercise tools like sandbags, barbells and dumbells to complex equipment like electrotherapy and ultrasound machines. A strong understanding of how they work and help is essential.
You will come across different types of people and situations. There will be clients who should be patients who can exercise through the pain and those that need that extra push. You need to be patient with your patient to help them recover successfully.
You may be given a timeline by the doctor to get the patient up and about or at least halfway their within a month of the surgery. You will have to plan you treatment accordingly.
You will be interacting with your patients and their family. While you understand certain medical condition, you will have to simplify for them. Good communications will certainly come in handy.
You will most likely to be associated with a hospital or a clinic. Here you will see patients on an appropriate – basis or you will be assigned to an in- house patient admitted at the hospital. You will most – likely see patients for electrotherapy and ultrasound.
You can associate with sports teams and fitness centres where you will work with players and athletes. You will be working with them after game injuries to help them rehabilitate.
You can pretty much anywhere as a physiotherapists. You can work with your patient at park or at patient’s home.
At the entry level, you will be working with senior physiotherapists, helping them with their patients. This is the best time to enroll in short courses and learn more about the latest treatments.
By this stage, you will be working directly with patients, identifying their problems and finding the best treatment options for them from natural therapy to exercise – related therapy. You will also be learning and applying new tech- based therapies.
At a senior physiotherapist level, you will be handling more responsibility and looking at more complicated cases. Your role would also involve working with doctors and surgeons from other departments. You will also be responsible for guiding your juniors.
As a superintendent, you will manage your team of physiotherapist and divide tasks. The role involves more managerial responsibility.
As a chief physiotherapist, you will be the head of the department. You will maintain the quality standard of your department and everyone will report to you. This is a completely supervisory role. If you choose to have your own clinic, you will be required to simultaneously perform a number of roles, including that of a senior physiotherapist and superintendent.
When starting out as an intern, you can expect a stipend of INR 10,000 – INR 20,000 depending on the hospital or clinic you are working with. Several hospitals or clinic would just offer you travel expenses or an internship experience certificate.
ENTRY – LEVEL PHYSIOTHERAPIST
As a fresher, you can expect to draw a yearly income of INR 3, 00,000 – INR4, 00,000 depending on your job location, degree, internship experience and knowledge in the field.
After being on the job for a while, your earning could go up to INR 5,00,000 – INR 7,00,000 per year.
Once you have established your expertise in the field, you can draw a yearly salary of INR 9,00,000 – INR 12,00,000 depending on your job experience, job location and the type of hospital or clinic you are employed with. You can also work as a consultant or open your own clinic and charge the client per – session basis. Apart from a hospital or clinic, you can look for a job with a fitness center, defense establishment, sports academy or rehabilitation center.