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Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Physiotherapist (Episode 34)

Physiotherapist (Episode 34)


If you’ve had an injury or you’re just
looking for a little maintenance, this next professional might be a key player
on your road to recovery. Today, we’re gonna learn about the physiotherapist. Anke?

Yes. I’m Brian. Hi, Brian. Nice to meet you . You show me around? Absolutely. Come with me. My name is Anke Smit and I’m a physiotherapist and I work in Penticton. Physiotherapy can help you
to function better, to move better and be in less pain,
get stronger, get more mobile. Basically be able to go back
to your normal daily functions. First of all, when we have a client come in
then we do an assessment. So, we’re looking at what can
the person do at that moment. For example, the arm or the leg
movements that are a problem. What kind of things is the person not able to do? Then, we can look at how
can we make that work better. So, that means we need to look at the joint, we have to look at the strength in the muscles, we have to look at the structure
of your ligaments. If that is all intact, if the nerves are doing fine and then set you up with an exercise program. Well, Anke, I got to be honest. I was really excited to come see you today because my right hip has
really been bothering me but I’m not, I wasn’t 100% sure
whether a physiotherapist is the right person to you talk to about it. Well, as a physio I’m trained to see how
your joint is moving and how your muscle is moving and so we can see how we
can strengthen it all and make it work better. So, let’s get you up on here. Okay. All right, so first of all,
I want you to lift up your right knee. Um, we have a good sense of feeling on how well the joints can move, how well muscles are moving. If they’re tight or too loose or not strong enough, we are very good at, um, feeling. Our sensation, our, um, feeling in,
in our fingers is, is phenomenal. Up up up up up.
Good. And down. And now move your left knee up. All the way up. Oh, there. There is the problem. Good. Your muscle you have
to stabilize your hip is not the greatest, so we’re going to have to make that better. You need to be clear to the client on, you know, what is good, what can be better, and what is not good
and should not happen again. Nice and stable. You don’t want to be sagging in your hip. This stays level. Okay? Make sure your shoulders
are staying level, as well. Okay. So, Anke, there has to be a lot to learn
in becoming a physical therapist. There is an awful lot to learn. There is different technologies. There are different techniques to learn, as in manual therapy, the acupuncture. And with the machines, yes, there is the different functions of, uh, of the ultrasound, for example. And as what I am doing right
now with the laser. So, yes, it’s ongoing learning. Ongoing. So, I choose physiotherapy because
I grew up in a very medical family and physiotherapy came as a natural choice for me. To apply for the physiotherapy education
you need to have an undergrad degree first. So, that would take you four years and then you can apply for your
masters in physiotherapy. So, the whole program or the whole education would take you about six years. Physios can work in schools. Physios can work in nursing homes. Physios can work in hospitals,
private clinics, sports institutes. There are many, many opportunities. And as a physiotherapist it’s,
in my opinion, it is unlimited. The most rewarding for me is to see the person better, and get the person to be as well as can be. It’s a very rewarding… job. It’s great.
I could do it every day. Well, Anke, I’m really glad
I came in to see you today. I really learned a lot
and thanks for the help with the hip. You are more than welcome. It was a great pleasure helping you out. Take care, all right. I’ll see you again. Once again, I’m Brian for Career Trek, reminding you that this career could be yours. See you next time.

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