Physiotherapy training is now a University based Bachelors or Masters degree course (previously hospital based diploma). This involves either three or four years extensive training studying the human body, particularly the muscle and joint system. It involves studying anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, the nervous system, psychology, medical conditions and disease processes, musculoskeletal conditions, exercise prescription and electrotherapy.
Initially on qualification, many Physiotherapists will have a rotational job within a hospital, this gives them a broad knowledge of other specialities which are useful to recognize in musculoskeletal settings such as neurology, rheumatology, orthopaedics, paediatrics and others.
It is a professional requirement that they continue their professional development throughout their career and Physiotherapists are constantly furthering their education by attending specialist courses and keeping abreast of current concepts and research development. They constantly reflect on practice to ensure they are giving their patients the best possible treatment.
Many go on to extend their normal practice by becoming specialists working with elite sports or performing roles in conjuction with the Orthopaedic medical profession that would have traditionally been the medical domain such as ordering MRI’s , X rays and blood tests. This is to aid in diagnosis of musculoskeletal conditions and exclude other conditions.