Physiotherapist 2

What do you do for a living?

Chartered Physiotherapist specialising in musculoskeletal problems.

How did you get interested in what you do?

Initially I was a regular attender at sports events and noticed I started to spend more time watching the physios and medics on the pitch than the game
itself! I knew I wanted to have an active job working with people but was uncertain what direction I wanted to go in.I had a strong interest in human biology particularly the muscles and how they work. Limited advice was available to me however my mother was a PE teacher and had similar interests and encouraged me to visit a variety of physio departments for more information. From there I was hooked on the idea.

What was your journey to reach the role you are in today?

I applied for Physiotherapy training in Aberdeen. My training took 3 years but it is now 4 years. Competition for a place is high and training is demanding. I was expected to work clinically in Hospitals as well as attend lectures in University. There was a lot of practical work. When I qualified, I applied for junior jobs and experienced different fields of physiotherapy before deciding I wanted to specialise in musculoskeletal conditions.This includes having worked for some sports teams and abroad. I have done some post grad training and now am in a senior position at my work.

Talk us through a day in your life

My case load is varied and works on an appointment system.
Predominantly I see people with bad necks or backs but regularly see people who have been in accidents and are ready to start strengthening and moving
their joints and muscles. I may spend part of my day in a hydrotherapy pool or even in a gym. In the last number of years I have been trained to specialise in people who have persistent pain. A high proportion of what I do is educational but also may involve manual therapy or exercise management.

Was this your planned career when you were 18?

Definately. I was initially keen on all the sports side of physiotherapy but as I have become older I have digressed. I wanted a job which I found rewarding. This is still the case for me today.

What did your parents want you to do?

They were keen on me following this career.

What advice would you give to someone interested in your career?

If you are a good listener, enjoy being with people and are prepared to work very hard then I would recommend this career.

What other career directions could you go in?

Physiotherapy is a very diverse profession. I could change direction and work with people who have neurological conditions, respiratory issues, heart problems, lost limbs,burns or hand injuries etc I could go into private practise or perhaps branch more into NHS management. I could even work out in the community and visit people in their own houses. I could also choose to return to sports physiotherapy and could have applied to work at the Olympics or Commonwealth games.

Anything you have not covered about your area of expertise?

As medicine and evidence improves Physiotherapy is having to evolve. Physiotherapy is taking a greater role  within health care support. It is not unusual now to see physios working with doctors in clinics. We can send people for scans and injections and physios are now alowed to prescribe drugs. Its is an exciting time for this profession.