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Our Profession

Physiotherapy is a science-based profession and takes a ‘whole person’ approach to health and wellbeing, which includes the patient’s general lifestyle. At the core is the patient’s involvement in their own care, through education, awareness, empowerment and participation in their treatment. You can benefit from physiotherapy at any time in your life. Physiotherapy helps with back pain or sudden injury, managing long-term medical condition such as asthma, and in preparing for childbirth or a sporting event.

Physical therapists are qualified and professionally required to:

  • undertake a comprehensive examination/assessment of the patient/client or needs of a client group
  • evaluate the findings from the examination/assessment to make clinical judgments regarding patients/clients
  • formulate a diagnosis, prognosis and plan
  • provide consultation within their expertise and determine when patients/clients need to be referred to another healthcare professional
  • implement a physical therapist intervention/treatment programme
  • determine the outcomes of any interventions/treatments
  • make recommendations for self-management

Physiotherapists work in a range of settings, including hospitals, health centres, industry, private practices and sports clubs. They treat a wide variety of conditions, such as 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 and mental illness. Treatment involves encouraging exercise and movement by the use of techniques such as therapeutic movement and exercise therapy, massage, manipulation, electrotherapy and/or hydrotherapy.

Tasks often include:

  • working with patients to identify the physical problem;
  • developing and reviewing treatment programmes;
  • assisting patients with joint and spinal problems,
  • especially following surgery; helping patients' rehabilitation following accidents, injury and strokes;
  • supervising physiotherapy assistants; assisting in the supervision and education of junior physiotherapists; 
  • writing patient case notes and reports; collecting patient statistics; educating and advising patients and their carers about how to prevent and/or improve conditions;
  • keeping up to date with new techniques and technologies available for treating patients; liaising with other healthcare personnel to supply and receive relevant information about the background and progress of patients, as well as referring patients who require other specific medical attention;
  • being legally responsible and accountable;
  • managing clinical risk.

Physiotherapists often see patients for several consultations over a period of weeks or months.

Contact Information

Sri Lanka Society of Physiotherapy (SLSP)

(A Member of World Confederation for Physical Therapy)

School of Physiotherapy, 119 E W Perera Mawatha
Colombo 08, 10800, Sri Lanka
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Mobile: 94 713502660

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