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Highest Paying Cities to Work in the US

Areas of Specialization in Physiotherapy

When it comes to talking about specialty areas in physiotherapy or what physiotherapy areas you'll like to specialize it should be based purely on your strengths and interests.
Most physiotherapists specialize in musculoskeletal or sports physiotherapy either for lack of better ideas or job prospects ( not that these are totally wrong reasons).
I think some things you should consider when deciding to specialize are -

What really are your interests? Would you rather work with the young or the elederly? I personally don't like seeing children in the hospital so paediatrics is definitely not my thing.What skills have you gathered over the years and which of your skills are you likely to harness? Have you seen yourself coming up with successful rehabilitation programs for patients that suffered from musculoskeletal injuries, for example, over and over again? Are there particular cases or conditions that your superiors or colleagues have associated you with because of your achievem…

Should You Use A Health Recruitment Agency to Get a Physiotherapy Job in the US?

If you are a foreign trained physiotherapist interested in working in the US there are a couple of health recruitment agencies that may be able to help you with the whole immigration (green card) or work permit (H-1B visa) process.

There's really nothing wrong in getting an agent to help you if you have investigated the agent in question to your own satisfaction. Like I have said many times before, you may not end up with an agent you contact but you may end up with lots of useful information on how to land an international job or immigrate to the US as a physiotherapist.
Here are two health recruitment agencies you can check out, I have had contacts with one of them but you still need to do your own home work.

How to deal with a health recruitment agency:

1.ASK Questions
Always make sure you ask all questions that are one your mind especially those are peculiar to your own situation. The agency website may have an FAQ but if you are not satisfied never feel apologetic for asking mo…

20 UK Universities Masters in Physiotherapy (2)

Looking for the right postgraduate courses in their UK to take your physiotherapy course to the next level? Here are some UK universities and postgraduate physiotherapy M.Sc courses you can check out.

Physiotherapy Studies (Neurophysiotherapy) M.Sc
University College London
1 year full time
Course fees £24,400

Entry requirements
Normally a minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard in physiotherapy; or an approved diploma in physiotherapy together with evidence of appropriate clinical work and/or teaching experience and a commitment to continuing professional development. One or two years’ post-qualification neurological clinical experience is preferred and UK state registration is desirable.
English Language Requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this progra…

20 UK Universities Masters in Physiotherapy Courses (3)

Looking for the right postgraduate courses in their UK to take your physiotherapy course to the next level? Here are some UK universities and postgraduate physiotherapy M.Sc courses you can check out.

Manual Therapy (M.Sc)
Coventry University
1 year full time
Course fees £12,068

Entry requirements
Applicants should hold the equivalent of a 2:1 undergraduate degree in Physiotherapy or Sports Therapy, and additionally must have one year's experience in the musculoskeletal field of practice and evidence of continuing professional development.
Applicants with a 2:2 and relevant work experience will be considered on a case by case basis
Applicants wanting membership of the UK Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (MACP) must also be both:
a member of the UK Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP); and
registered with the UK Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS 7.0 overall, with no component lower th…

20 UK Universities Masters in Physiotherapy Courses (1)

Looking for the right postgraduate courses in their UK to take your physiotherapy course to the next level? Here are some UK universities and postgraduate physiotherapy M.Sc courses you can check out.

M.Sc Physiotherapy 
Robert Gordon University
Aberdeen, Scotland
Course length is 2yrs (full time)
Course fees £16,100 per academic year

Entry requirements
Applicants typically possess a Bachelors undergraduate degree in a science subject, such as biological, or sports science, and should contain human anatomy and physiology with a 2:1 or above classification, or a minimum GPA of 3.0 out of 4.0 Scale, or equivalent.
Experience of the research process is also an essential requirement for the course. Relevant work experience in the field of Physiotherapy and healthcare would be desirable.
All international students, for whom English is not their first language, are required to have an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of 7.0 or an appropriate equivalent, on applicati…

Which Countries Pay the Best Physiotherapy Salary?

We always hear about physiotherapy being a "hot" profession and that physiotherapists are saught after all over the world and that gives us the confidence to go for international jobs. Interestingly, though, I have noticed that physiotherapists move around alot, and we're about ro find out if it's for "greener pastures" , inner fulfillment or just sheer restlessness. I know of physiotherpists that move from Australia to Canada, and others from Canada to Australia...the other day a colleague of mine told me about a physiotherapist that had just devided to leave Australia for Singapore, while he stays put in South Africa.
Many physiotherapists want to know which countries pay the best salaries to help get some motivation to move or jump ship, so let's first try to analyse places that have the best paying physiotherapy jobs or simply put, the highest salaries.

A physiotherapist's salary in Ireland ranges from $27000 to $60000 a year andthis wil…

How to Get a Physiotherapy job in Singapore

Physiotherapy is on the skills shortage list in Singapore and is classified as an Allied Health Profession.

You as a physiotherapist should apply directly to the Ministry of Manpower  or the Human Resources department in the hospital of your choice.
Once your registration is approved you'll need a work permit and you need to have a job to get it. There are two types of work passes the EP and the S pass. You can get more information on the Ministry of Manpower website.

Part of the criteria for a foreign trained physiotherapist to to be able to practise in Singapore is to pass the MOH qualifying exam.

The qualifying exam (QE) is an assessment of the equivalence of the knowledge and skills of the foreign trained physiotherapist and the physiotherapy practise in Singapore.
The exams are conducted four times a year in January, April, July and October and you need to be in Singapore to take the exams. The results of this exam are usually released four weeks after the exam was taken.


Working Abroad: Getting a Physiotherapy Job in Dubai

Searching for information on how to work as a physiotherapist in the UAE is like looking for a needle in a hay stack, there just doesn't seem to be enough information online.
The summary of the process of working in Dubai or the UAE sounds like this:

Get a jobGet licensedGet your visa
So most physiotherapists will search for a job on Jobs in Dubai, when you get a physiotherapy job you can then proceed to apply for a license with the board.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is made up of seven Emirates with Abu Dhabi as the capital. Interestingly, there are three main health boards that handle the licensing process:

MOH - Ministry of Health - passing an exam for the MOH license allows you to work in five of the Emirates except Dubai and Abu Dhabi.DHA - Dubai Health Authority - passing an exam for the DHA allows you to work as a physiotherapist only in Dubai.Abu Dhabi Health Authority - HAAD- and yes you got that right....passing an exam for the Abu Dhabi Health Authority enables you to…

What Causes Sciatica?

Simply put, sciatica describes a kind of leg pain that is felt along the path of the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve route is from the lower back to the buttocks, to the back of the thighs, calf and foot.

Irritation of the nerve root
The sciatic nerve has its roots or origins in the fourth and fifth lumbar vertebrae, and the first, second and  third sacral vertebrae (L4, L5, S1, S2, S3).
Symptoms of sciatic pain occur as a result of an irritated or compressed sciatic nerve and this means that sciatica is actually a symptom of an underlying condition and not necessarily a "condition" on its own.

Common causes of Sciatica or sciatic nerve pain

Herniated inter vertebral disc
A herniated lumbar disc is a common cause of sciatica. A disc hernia or slipped disc occurs when the core(nucleus) of the disc leaks out of the outer fibrous tissue. This leak can then cause an irritation of a nerve root.

Spondylosis is osteoarthritis or degeneration of the vertebral discs. Degener…

Working Abroad: Getting a Physiotherapy Job in Canada

When it comes to Canada...hmm. Most physiotherapists I come in contact with want to relocate to Canada, can you blame them?

My experience with the Canadian government is that they are more organised than the US when it comes to the immigration of professionals. This experience also reflects in their credentialing process as they have a page where you can see how well your alma mater has done when it comes to equivalence of qualification. So there's a good chance you'll scale that hurdle and not just throw away money because credentialing "ain't cheap".

To have an idea of how your school has performed when it comes to the Canadian assessment of your qualification go here

Here's a summary of how to get working as a physiotherapist in Canada:

The Canada Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators is the body that establishes whether the education and qualifications of internationally educated physiotherapists are substantially equivalent to those of the Canadian educat…

Working Abroad: Getting a Physiotherapy Job in US

It's okay to look out for something different after being a physiotherapist in your present location for so long. Or maybe you are a fresh graduate seeking adventure and consciously plotting an international pathway for your career...Hmmm or maybe you graduated with a degree in physiotherapy and haven't really done much with it...The question remains the same....

How can I get an international job? Are there really jobs for physiotherapists abroad or is this career just overhyped?
Are you kidding me?
The key to plotting the right graph for your career is information, so I will do my best to point you in the right direction so you can achieve your dream of getting an international job.

Are there actually best countries for physiotherapy jobs?
Well there are quite a number of places abroad where physiotherapists are seriously sought after, but I would start with what I call the big five: United States, Canada, Australia, Dubai and Ireland... Then maybe Singapore and …

Physiotherapy Modalities that treat Back Pain(1)

What is Electrotherapy?

Electrotherapy is the use of electricity to treat medical conditions. However, because some physiotherapy machines don't actually use electric current for their treatment process, a wider term "electro physical agents" is also used to describe these modalities of treatment.
It's not a new discovery that electricity can be used to reduce both acute and chronic pain, it has actually been a practice for over 100years!

How does electrotherapy relieve pain?

When electric signals are introduced into the body the result is a release of the body's natural pain killers called endorphins. The electrical current also interferes with the transmission of pain signals trying to notify the brain and accelerates healing of the body tissues.

TENS for back pain

Trans cutaneous Electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) stimulates the sensory nerves and in the process activates the body's natural pain relief mechanisms.
TENS is a commonly used home-based treatmen…

Back Care: How to Prevent Back Pain

The complaints and occurrences of back pain have increased tremendously with most people spending more time off work to get pain relief.

As I have said many times over, pain is the body's warning signal or siren....your body just wants to let you know that something isn't right. Paying attention to these warning signs will do you a lot of good and protect you from experiencing irreversible damage.

However, most cases of back pain are not so serious so recovery may occur within a few weeks. Early physiotherapy and maintaining a helpful level of activity, rather than outright bed rest will promote healing from back pain.

Structures of the back
The back majorly comprises the vertebrae ( bones that surround the spinal cord), intervetebral discs- which are the shock absorbers between every two vertebrae, muscles, ligaments and spinal nerve roots.

Back pain prevention
These structures can be misused or traumatized even in your simple and regular daily activities so it's important…

Exercise for Back Pain Relief

It actually sounds contradictory to patients when they are referred for physiotherapy to treat their back pain and exercise comes up as part of the therapy... Who does that?

Most times when you experience any form of pain in any part of your body the last thing you want to do is move the affected part, but that's exactly what the physiotherapist wants you to do!

Do Exercises Relieve Back Pain?
The truth is carrying out the right movements will the right way are beneficial to healing, so back exercises do relieve back pain.
Research has proven that exercise is highly effective in the reduction of low back pain. The aim of the back exercise program given you by your physical therapist is for restoration of the strength and endurance of your back muscles. These back exercises also improve joint health, flexibility, blood circulation and relieve stress.

Back Exercises
Exercises that focus on the stability of the back also strengthen the core back muscles. The core back muscles also inc…

How Can Physiotherapy Give Relief From Back Pain?

What is physiotherapy or physical therapy?

According to the WCPT (World Confederation of Physical Therapists):
"Physical Therapy is concerned with identifying and maximizing quality of life and movement potential within the spheres of promotion, prevention, treatment/intervention, habilitation and rehabilitation." "Physical therapy provides services to individuals and populations to develop, maintain and restore maximum movement and functional ability throughout the life span. This includes providing services in circumstances where movement and function are threatened by ageing, injury, pain, diseases, disorders, conditions or environmental factors." So a physiotherapist or physical therapist will always be concerned about you maintaining or improving your movement functionality. Anything that hinders or otherwise facilitates your movement will be of utmost concern and priority.

Interestingly, pain is one of the major hindrances to movement and that is why physioth…

What Causes Low Back Pain?

Why Pain?

Pain is the language your body uses to notify your brain about the presence of a threat to your body. In the actual sense of it, pain is really not a bad thing in itself. However, not responding to this "SOS" message might lead to a critical situation. Interestingly, the degree of pain isn't directly proportional to the level of damage, so just because the pain you feel is severe doesn't mean the damage is a lot and feeling mild pain doesn't mean there isn't any damage.

So what causes of low back pain?

What does this kind of pain mean? Where exactly are the signals coming from? How do you respond to them? Is there anything to be worried about? What kind of treatments can give relief from low back pain? How can physiotherapy or visiting a physiotherapist help?
Firstly, let's look at the back. What structures actually make up the back?

What makes up the back?

There are 33 small bones called vertebrae that make up what is called the vertebral co…