Physiotherapy is a medical profession that promotes the body’s health and wellbeing. Unlike other healthcare professionals, physiotherapists do not prescribe medication or perform invasive procedures. Some physiotherapists pursue a Doctorate of Physiotherapy (DPT), but this is not the same as a doctorate. Physiotherapists are not doctors, but use evidence-based practice to educate clients. The goal of physiotherapy is to help people achieve their goals and improve their performance.
Physiotherapists are specially trained health care professionals who assist in the rehabilitation of movement and function. They also prevent further injury and help patients remain independent. Physiotherapists treat a wide range of conditions, from sports injuries to chronic conditions, and are often involved in a team with other health professionals to provide treatment. There are a number of different types of physiotherapy. Here are some examples of some of the most common types:
Physiotherapy programs are offered through 15 universities across Canada. Often, these programs are offered through a college of medicine. Many Canadian physical therapy schools have transitioned from Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy (BScPT) programs, which require students to complete two years of prerequisite university courses before pursuing physiotherapy. However, the University of Manitoba, for example, transitioned to a Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) program in 2012. The MPT credential is the entry standard for physiotherapy practitioners in Canada.