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Hindustan Times
New Delhi, August 15, 2012
First Published: 14:33 IST(15/8/2012)
Last Updated: 14:37 IST(15/8/2012)
Bend it like... Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar with the team physio (extreme left). Sports physiotherapy is a promising area of specialisation

The lowdown
Physiotherapy or physical therapy is an allied health science concerned with helping patients regain or maximise physical movement and functions through exercises and/or therapies, using agents such as heat, wax and electricity. It involves rehabilitating, not curing, a person. Qualified physiotherapists work in hospitals, hospices, nursing homes, rehabilitation centres, private clinics, special schools, fitness centres, and non-governmental organisations for the disabled, senior citizens and sports persons. Physiotherapists now branch out into specific fields, including sports, by pursuing specialised PG courses, such as in sports, cardio-pulmonary, neurological and musculo-skeletal physiotherapy. Specialisations have made this discipline better, says Dharmendra Kumar, director, Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Institute for the Physically Handicapped, New Delhi. While there is no national regulator for physiotherapy as yet, physiotherapists need to register with a council to practise in certain parts of India, including Maharashtra and Delhi

Clockwork
The average day of a physiotherapist in a large tertiary-care hospital is as follows:
9am: Start work in the OPD. Spend 30-40 minutes with a hemiplegia patient (one half of whose body is paralysed), teaching him to sit and make him exercise. Teach exercises to a cerebral palsy patient’s parents so that the child can do those at home. Make a young patient, suffering from stiffness of the back (due to a spinal ailment), do exercises for mobility
1pm: Lunch
2pm: Clinic for outdoor patients, eg paraplegics. Give electrotherapy to a post-operative case
3.30pm: Attend to patients in the wards and check records
4.30pm: Call it a day

The payoff
In a central government hospital, an entry-level physiotherapist’s take-home pay is about Rs.25,000- Rs. 30,000 a month. A professor of physiotherapy in a government teaching hospital would draw about Rs. 60,000- Rs. 70,000 a month. The entry-level salary in the private sector is about Rs. 15,000 to Rs. 20,000 a month
    
Skills/TRAITS
* Good communication and inter-personal skills
* Physical stamina 
* Compassion and ability to motivate patients to make the therapy successful
* Team player 
* Patience, especially when fielding queries from patients and relatives

Getting there
Study science in Class 11 and 12. After this, go for a bachelor’s in physiotherapy/ physical therapy. Depending on your interest and career goals, you can do a specialisation at the postgraduate level. A PhD brightens career prospects in teaching-hospitals. While there is no national regulatory body for physiotherapy, like it exists for doctors, as yet, in certain parts of the country including Maharashtra and Delhi, physiotherapists need to register with a council to be able to practise there. In the national capital, physiotherapists have to register with the Delhi Council for Physiotherapy & Occupational therapy        

Institutes and URLs
* National Institute of Rehabilitation Training and Research, Cuttack
    www.nirtar.nic.in
* National Institute for the Orthopaedically Handicapped, Kolkata
     www.nioh.in
* All India Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Mumbai
     www.aiipmr.gov.in
* Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya Institute for the Physically Handicapped, New Delhi
    www.iphnewdelhi.in
* Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh
    www.pgimer.nic.in
* KEM Hospital and Seth GS Medical College, Mumbai
    www.kem.edu
* Indian Spinal Injuries Centre, New Delhi
    http://www.isiconline.org/university_profile.aspx
* Jamia Hamdard (Hamdard University), New Delhi
 www.jamiahamdard.edu

Pros and cons
* You can make a paralysed person regain use of their limbs, which is like a small miracle
* The work hours are flexible 
* Relatively low pay, at least initially
* On certain days, the effort spent on a patient can leave you exhausted 
* It takes time to establish yourself and prosper in independent practice

There’s a qualitative change now — institutes running courses for money have been shut. Only those giving quality education are sustaining, Dharmendra Kumar, director, Pt Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Institute for the Physically Handicapped, New Delhi


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