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Physiotherapists, also called physical therapists in other locations, are healthcare professionals who use their knowledge of movement, posture and balance to treat problems connected to the bones, muscles, joints, tendons, ligaments, and cartilage.
The exact duties and responsibilities of a physiotherapist or a physical therapist may vary per organisation, but they typically include the following:
There are additional courses that physiotherapists can specialise in depending on your field of interest including hydrotherapy.
The requirements to be a physical therapist vary depending on the specific career path you wish to take but you will typically need the following qualifications to become a physical therapist in South Africa.
In addition to the training for physiotherapy, hydrotherapy requires the completion of courses on aquatic therapy techniques
Different educational institutions may have different admission requirements; however, you will typically be required to demonstrate competency in the following subjects:
Physical therapists in South Africa typically study for 4 years.
Careers for physical therapists can be found in various settings including state hospitals, private clinics, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers or other related healthcare facilities.
To find more information about physical therapists, contact the South African Society of Physiotherapy.