What is physiotherapy/physical therapy?
Physiotherapy/physical therapy is an evidence-based healthcare profession, where trained individuals assess, diagnose, treat and rehabilitate individuals with diseases or disorders affecting their ability to physically function. Physiotherapists/physical therapists (PT’s) are also actively involved in health promotion and injury prevention activities. Physiotherapists use their extensive knowledge of the human body and evidence based management protocols to promote the health and wellness of members of the society.
What do physiotherapists do?
Physiotherapists (PTs) can be generalists or they can have special interest areas including sports, orthopaedics, geriatrics, paediatrics, women’s and men' health, pain management, ergonomics, cardiopulmonary and neurological physiotherapy.
Due to their extensive training, PTs are able to work in many settings including hospitals, private offices, schools, homes, industries, gyms and rehabilitation units.
PTs are specially trained to treat any and all health populations, and clients of all ages. PTs are able to use a variety of tools with their clients. Some of these tools are heat, cold, therapeutic exercise, electrical modalities (e.g. ultrasound, electrical stimulation, laser), spinal and joint manipulation, dry needling and therapeutic massage.
PTs in Trinidad and Tobago enter the profession with at least a bachelor’s degree or equivalent. More recently, PTs also receive their masters and doctoral degrees in Physical Therapy/Physiotherapy. Currently, there are NO schools of Physical Therapy in Trinidad and Tobago. The only school in the English speaking Caribbean is located in Jamaica, and is part of the Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of the West Indies, Mona Campus. Other popular schools of physical therapy can be found in USA, Canada, United Kingdom and Australia.