Physical therapy is used to treat people of all ages who have pain or difficulty moving. When recovering from an accident, injury or surgery, a doctor may refer a patient to a physical therapist to help the healing process.
Physical therapists are rehabilitation clinicians trained to diagnose, treat and prevent movement dysfunctions and enhance a person’s physical well-being. They work with people who have problems involving joints, bones, muscles and ligaments (like back pain and sports injuries) and neurological conditions, such as stroke, brain injury or Parkinson’s disease.
Physical therapists focus on treating injuries to your body’s musculoskeletal system – your bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, cartilage and joints – as well as your brain and nervous system. They use exercise, heat, electrical stimulation and other methods to reduce pain and increase your ability to move, function and heal.
Pediatric physical therapists work with children who have medical conditions that interfere with normal development, like autism, cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury, brain injury or other special needs.
Physiotherapy education at SJGRC
The physiotherapy department of the hospital at the Centre offers the opportunity to become a main training centre for the students of the school of physiotherapy. Its spacious upgraded facilities provide for hands-on practical exposure for the students as an adjunct to the Physiotherapy Department at the University Hospital of the West Indies.
Since becoming a BSC degree course, this school has been incorporated into the UWI Faculty of Medical Sciences, but remains located in the SJGRC.