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Physiotherapists assess patients and plan and carry out individually designed treatment programs to maintain, improve or restore physical functioning, alleviate pain and prevent physical dysfunction in patients. Physiotherapists are employed in hospitals, clinics, industry, sports organizations, rehabilitation centres and extended care facilities, or they may work in private practice.
- Assess patients' physical abilities through evaluative procedures such as functional ability tests
- Establish treatment goals with patients based on physical diagnoses
- Plan and implement programs of physiotherapy including therapeutic exercise, manipulations, massage, education, the use of electro-therapeutic and other mechanical equipment and hydro-therapy
- Evaluate effectiveness of treatment plans and modify accordingly
- Communicate with referring physician and other healthcare professionals regarding patients' problems, needs and progress
- Maintain clinical and statistical records and confer with other health care professionals
- Develop and implement health promotion programs for patients, staff and the community
- May conduct research in physiotherapy
- May provide consulting or education services.
Physiotherapists may focus their practice in particular clinical areas such as neurology, oncology, rheumatology, orthopedics, obstetrics, pediatrics, geriatrics, in the treatment of patients with cardiovascular and cardiopulmonary disorders, burns or sports injuries or in the field of ergonomics.
Barrie, Cambridge, Guelph, Kitchener, Orillia, Waterloo, Bradford West Gwillimbury, Collingwood, Innisfil, Midland, New Hamburg, New Tecumseth, Orangeville, Penetanguishene, Port McNicoll, Shelburne, Alliston, Ayr, Beeton, Buena Vista Park, Cardwell, Cookstown, Cumberland Beach, Elmira, Elmvale, Purple Hill, Rockcut, Rockwood, Starrview Acres, St. Jacobs, Tottenham
Outlook & Prospects for Physiotherapists in Kitchener--Waterloo--Barrie Region
The future forecast and current conditions for an occupation can vary based on location or due to changes in the economy, technology, or demand for a product or service.
Local Employment Potential Information
|Location||Employment Potential||Release Date|
|Kitchener--Waterloo--Barrie Region||<Not assigned>||2012-11-22|
Compared to other occupations, this is not a significant occupation in this region.
Job opportunities for physiotherapists in Ontario are expected to be good through 2012-2013. According to the 2006 census, there are over 6,000 physiotherapists in Ontario, an increase of 17% from 2001. The demand for physiotherapists is supported by an aging population and its increasing needs for health services. Shortages of these professionals may exist in more rural and remote areas of the province. Although some job openings will arise due to people retiring, this occupation does not have a large number of older workers. Other openings will come from opportunities within community health services and professional practices/clinics. Recent changes to the scope of practice of the profession may add to the demand. As the responsibilities and the knowledge base of physiotherapists have broadened, the educational entry-level of Ontario physiotherapy programs has risen to the master's degree level.
Local Labour Market NewsWeek of Apr 01 - Apr 05, 2013
- The Montgomery Village Seniors Community complex will open in October 2013 in Orangeville. Staff will be hired to support services at the complex.
- The newly built Dunfield Retirement Residence in Cambridge is expected to open in May 2013, creating approximately 75 jobs. Prospective recruits include managers, housekeepers, food servers and health-care workers.
- The Waterloo Wellington Community Care Access Centre is hiring six registered nurses to assess high-risk patients
- The Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network has hired 12 telemedicine nurses to provide clinical care to patients
- Family and Children Services of the Waterloo Region will be closing two group homes and eliminating the equivalent of about 25 positions by early November 2012
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