Physiotherapists treat patients of all ages and backgrounds for a surprising variety conditions, which may include: injuries and fractures (including sports injuries); orthopaedics and joints; strokes; post surgical rehabilitation; intensive care or terminal illness; abdominal conditions; obstetrics and gynaecology; chest conditions; posture and movement; neurological conditions; learning difficulties; mental illness.
Residential care worker . Occupational therapists (OTs) encounter a diverse range of people with varying requirements and seek to understand each individual's needs and lifestyle in order to devise appropriate treatment. For example, an OT may intervene to:
• help someone to cope with rheumatoid arthritis (problems of swollen, stiff and painful joints) by advising on specialist equipment to assist with daily activities, such as washing and cooking, as well as giving advice and information about support groups;
• help someone recover from problematic drinking (and associated anxieties and health issues) by educating him or her about the effects of heavy drinking and teaching anxiety management techniques;
• ensure elderly people are cared for appropriately, either in a care home or by a family member in their own home, giving consideration to everyday activities such as washing, preparing and eating meals, shopping and mobility;
• assist people suffering from mental health problems, including depression, to return to work;
They assist qualified teachers in nursery, infant or primary classes, and are employed by schools, day nurseries, family centres, hospitals, private nurseries and in private households as nannies.
Typical work activities include:
• helping children with their learning, play, educational and social development;
• feeding, washing and cleaning young children;
• record keeping;