$38.14 to $56.50 per hour
Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA)
Master’s degree in physiotherapy
Physiotherapists (also known as PTs) are sometimes known as "movement specialists" - they work with people who have pain, illness or injuries that affect physical function and mobility. Physiotherapists assess, diagnose, treat, monitor and educate patients to improve and maintain their physical health. They help patients restore or maintain movement, prevent and manage pain and promote fitness, health and wellness. Physiotherapists help their clients stay well, avoid future injury and achieve a high quality of life.
Physiotherapists work with their patients and other health professionals to collect and review health information. Then, they develop, implement and monitor customized care plans based on patient needs. Physiotherapists recommend and demonstrate appropriate therapeutic exercise for their patients. They also use a variety of manual therapies, equipment and treatment techniques in the course of their work.
Physiotherapists advocate for and support the patient in making changes within the workplace or other settings to promote the patient's activity and healing. In addition, physiotherapists often provide leadership and clinical supervision to physiotherapist assistants and aides, students and, occasionally, to other health care professionals.
Physiotherapists work in a variety of settings including hospitals, community health centres, schools, continuing care facilities, clinics and within clients' homes. Physiotherapists practice independently and as part of interprofessional teams. They collaborate with other therapists, assistants, physicians, nurses, administrative staff, managers and other health care professionals during the course of their work.
Physiotherapists may work full-time or part-time hours or on a call-in (casual) basis. They can apply for positions that are permanent, temporary or casual depending on the physical therapist department and facility needs. Shift schedules may include a combination of day, evening, weekend and holiday shifts, as well as on-call duty.
Physiotherapists may spend a lot of time walking, reaching, standing and bending while supporting and assisting patients. They may also be required to lift, move and transport equipment. At times, they may need to be in awkward positions during therapy sessions.