Dr Meghna Matange is qualified Physiotherapist from Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand. She has her own clinic of physiotherapy called PhysioExcel.
Identifying your patients' problems and finding the best treatment option for them. You will get patients of all age groups, coming from different professions with a host of injuries. A part of your job involves getting to know them well and deciding on the best treatment options based on their strengths and limitations.
Discussing treatment with the patients. Once you diagnose the problem, you will have to discuss the treatment options with your patient and settle on an option that both you and your patient are comfortable with. This will ensure cooperation from your patient, which will make the road to recovery smoother.
Involving the patient's family in the treatment. It is vital that the patient's family is also clear about the treatment method and aware of the patient's progress. You will have to be clear with the family and help them support the patient as well, which, in turn, will help them regain confidence.
Advising your patients on self-care. Your treatment method, while effective, will only take the patient so far. There are a number of things that the patient will have to take upon themselves to ensure a speedy and full recovery. Your task involves advising them on the different things they need to do and motivate them to stick to the routine you set. For instance, you might tell a patient with a fractured leg to keep it in an elevated position while sitting for better recovery.
introducing your patient to different healing techniques. This includes exercises, massages and postures. You will have to understand your patient well enough to gauge their body's recovery power and suggest the right treatment options accordingly. For instance, a particular patient's muscle injury might heal faster with massages instead of exercise.
Conducting routine tests to check for problems and progress. Before you begin treating a patient, you will have to conduct a detailed test to diagnose the exact problem and figure the best treatment option. As the treatment progresses, you will have to perform routine tests to monitor the progress rate and course-correct if a problem occurs.
Deciding if patients can be discharged. If you're working in a hospital, you will be consulted before your patient is discharged. Even after they go home, you will have to follow up with them and check on their progress.
Working with other people from the healthcare industry. This includes working with doctors and surgeons from other departments, as well as social workers, depending on who your patient is and what their needs are.
Doing a lot of paperwork. Your role doesn't end at helping a patient with their recovery. It also involves making detailed reports about their condition, progress rate, particulars and statistics. This will help you create a detailed case history that will come handy during follow-up visits or if the injury recurs. For instance, if a person with a torn ligament ends up tearing it again, you could use your notes to see which treatment option worked best the last time and follow the same routine.
Guiding your juniors. Once you gain enough experience to become a senior, you will have to guide your juniors and ease their doubts. You will also have to help them learn new techniques and improve upon existing ones.
Staying up-to-date with new techniques and research. As a medical professional, it is vital for you to know the latest developments in the industry. You must constantly update yourself if you want to remain relevant in the industry, even after considerable experience.