Physiotherapists are professionals trained to help people impacted by injury or disability with manual therapy, exercises, and advice. They help people of all ages with pain management and limbs movement.
Physiotherapy, a portmanteau of physical therapy, dates back to Hippocrates era of ancient Greece. Initially used by the military back in the days to help soldiers, the therapy has now become commonplace in medical science for relieving pain.
With rising awareness and incomes, physiotherapists are now in demand for all sorts of treatment.
Physiotherapy is divided into a bachelor’s programme Bachelor of Physiotherapy and several Masters programmes. While the bachelor’s programme is for 4.5 years and the master’s programme is for 2 years. With a rise in income and awareness, physiotherapists are in demand at all levels of society and the need will only increase as time passes.
Bachelor of Physiotherapy (BPT)
Bachelor of Physiotherapy (BPT) is a 4.5-year graduate programme divided into nine semesters. This includes four-years of classroom studies and six months of internship.
To be eligible for the BPT programme, one must have studied Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and English at pre-university/10+2 or equivalent level. All admissions to physiotherapy colleges in Bangalore affiliated to RGUHS are through Common Entrance Test (CET) conducted by Karnataka Examination Authority (KEA).
Master of Physiotherapy (MPT)
If you are keen on getting a specialisation in physiotherapy, then you can choose one from the nine available options. To do a masters in physiotherapy, you have to be a BPT graduate. All admissions are based on entrance tests conducted by the state government or the affiliating university.
You can choose to specialise in one or more of these specialisations available in Bangalore.
Master of Physiotherapy in Musculoskeletal/Orthopaedics Physiotherapy
Master of Physiotherapy in Musculoskeletal is a 2-year postgraduate programme that deals with treating injuries and disorders of the muscles, joints, and soft tissues areas.
Master of Physiotherapy in Neurological Physiotherapy
Master of Physiotherapy in Neurological Physiotherapy is a specialised postgraduate programme that gives an in-depth focus on the rehabilitation of people with neurological conditions like Parkinson’s Diseases, Vestibular Disorders, Multiple Sclerosis, and strokes.
Master of Physiotherapy in Paediatric Physiotherapy
Master of Physiotherapy in Paediatric Physiotherapy gives in-depth knowledge of evaluation, habilitation, and rehabilitation of children from birth to the age of 18. This is a collaborative role and often includes visiting homes, schools, and providing education to parents, teachers, and caretakers.
Master of Physiotherapy in Cardiothoracic Physiotherapy
Master of Physiotherapy in Cardiothoracic Physiotherapy is a two-year master’s programme that deals with treating and rehabilitation people suffering or recovering from respiratory problems, cardiothoracic surgery, and other allied surgery.
Master of Physiotherapy in Community Based Rehabilitation
Master of Physiotherapy in Community based Rehabilitation is a multidisciplinary two-year postgraduate programme that focuses on enhancing the quality of life of people with disabilities. This programme helps them participate in the community efforts and outreach.
Master of Physiotherapy Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Master of Physical Therapy in Obstetrics and Gynaecology is a specialised programme that focuses on physiotherapy for women undergoing pains or physical trauma after childbirth.
Master of Physiotherapy in Sports
Master of Physical Therapy in Sports is a specialisation that deals with injuries related to sportspeople. They are taught evidence-based practise, skilled assessment, and diagnosis of sports-related injuries. As a specialist, you’ll be involved with a sports team or a sportsperson.
Master of Physiotherapy in Hand Rehabilitation
Master of Physiotherapy in Hand Rehabilitation is a specialised programme that deals with diagnosing and treating injuries and conditions of the upper extremity like shoulder, arm, elbow, wrist, and hand.
Master of Physiotherapy in Biomechanics
Master of Physiotherapy in Biomechanics is a specialised field where the physiotherapists study human motion to understand what caused the injury or ailment and come with solutions to prevent it from recurring in the future.
Bachelor of Physiotherapy (BPT)
Candidates must have passed 10+2 with Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English from a recognised board with a minimum 45% marks. Candidate Shouldhave passed subjects of English,Physics, Chemistry and Biology individually also.
|Master of Physiotherapy in Musculoskeletal/Orthopaedics Physiotherapy||Candidates Should have passed B.Sc. (PT) or BPT degree from a recognised board with not less than 50% of marks in aggregate and have completed 6 months of compulsory rotating internship in Physiotherapy.|
|Master of Physiotherapy in Neurological Physiotherapy||Candidates Should have passed B.Sc. (PT) or BPT degree from a recognised board with not less than 50% of marks in aggregate and have completed 6 months of compulsory rotating internship in Physiotherapy.|
|Master of Physiotherapy in Cardiothoracic Physiotherapy||Candidates Should have passed B.Sc. (PT) or BPT degree from a recognised board with not less than 50% of marks in aggregate and have completed 6 months of compulsory rotating internship in Physiotherapy.|
|Master of Physiotherapy in Community Based Rehabilitation|
|Master of Physiotherapy Obstetrics & Gynaecology|
|Master of Physiotherapy in Hand Rehabilitation|
|Master of Physiotherapy in Biomechanics|
|Master of Physiotherapy in Sports||Candidates Should have passed B.Sc. (PT) or BPT degree from a recognised board with not less than 50% of marks in aggregate and have completed 6 months of compulsory rotating internship in Physiotherapy|
Placement And Career
Sedentary lifestyles among people have led to musculoskeletal problems like neck, shoulder, and back pain and people are not hesitant to seek the help of physiotherapists. With easy diagnosis of health issues and easy availability of specialist physiotherapists, the demand is only to increase going forward as there’s also a demand-supply mismatch.
Physiotherapists can find work with hospitals, nursing homes, physiotherapy centres, rehabilitation centres, government and private offices, sports teams, stadiums, gyms and health clubs, schools and colleges, and more. They can also work privately or have a private practice.
- Therapists: Physiotherapists are trained to help relieve the pain of people. That’s their main job and as they gain experience, they’ll find themselves handling complex treatments.
- Health Service Managers: On the basis of their experience in handling critical cases, physiotherapists can also double as health service managers.
- Policy Makers: Policymakers work with academia, government or industry to formulate plans for better healthcare delivery to the public at large. Physiotherapists can work with all of these to formulate plans and actions to help the public.
- Writer: Based on their experience, physiotherapists are better at writing for physiotherapy or medical journals on a range of topics.
- Teaching: You can become a physiotherapy professor at colleges to teach future generations of physiotherapists. This way you get to practise physiotherapy as well as teach students.
Government and private hospitals, corporate organisations, factories, healthcare startups, home health service providers, old age homes, acupuncture clinics, and chiropractic clinics. Besides you can also work as a dance movement specialist, exercise physiologist, health promoter, osteopath, and even as a personal trainer.
Respiratory Therapists: Respiratory Therapists plan daily regimen for people suffering from respiratory diseases by documenting, evaluating, and planning their day.
Medical Representatives: Medical representatives meet doctors to demonstrate and sell a healthcare product or services. Physiotherapists can fill this role easily with their knowledge of the medical field.
Product Managers: Physiotherapists can become excellent product managers.
Clinical Specialists: Physiotherapists can work as clinical specialists by providing consulting and analytical services to pharma and medical companies.