Injury or disease can cause the loss of muscle strength and function. Kinesiotherapists are medical professionals who develop and evaluate exercise programs to help patients regain these lost abilities.
A kinesiotherapist may specialize in helping specific types of patients or conditions, such as people overcoming injuries or those afflicted with degenerative musculoskeletal disease.
Kinesiotherapists are required to have a thorough knowledge of anatomy and the function of each part of the human body.
He or she must know how the parts of the body work in conjunction with each other as well as how they function independently.
The kinesiotherapist will then choose specific exercises that will achieve target goals in strength or mobility enhancement.
The goal is to achieve these improvements in functionality without causing the patient further damage or increased pain.
A successful outcome to treatment depends on several factors:
Choosing the best exercises for the individual patient
The patient and therapist working well together
The kinesiotherapist building a trusting rapport with the patient
Successfully motivating the patient to comply with the exercise regimen on regular schedule
The kinesiotherapist may perform any or all of the following for a patient:
Assessing the patient’s mobility, strength and endurance.
Discuss and explain treatment goals.
Provide information to the patient about how the body functions and the causative factors in the patient’s impairment.
Work in conjunction with the patient to develop a targeted, appropriate treatment plan.
Instruct the patient in performing exercises correctly and guide the patient in how to perform them.
Provide ongoing monitoring of the patient’s progress.
Make adjustments and modifications to the treatment plan as needed to meet specific goals.
Must effectively communicate with your co-workers to ensure the best care and the proper procedures. Must be able to communicate in high-stress environments.
Offering your full attention to an individual person or group in order to fully understand problems and their nature.
Must use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Judgment and Decision Making
Needs to be able to act autonomously and make difficult decisions that would benefit the patient or make corrections. Must consider all benefits and repercussions of potential actions and choose the appropriate one.
Complex Problem Solving
Must be able to identify complex problems and develop and evaluate corrective options and implement solutions.
Must be able to endure intense situations and handle pressure that comes with extreme situations you may encounter.
Must be trustworthy because you have people's lives in your hands and what you do could help or hurt them. They are entrusted with a great responsibility and must live up to it.
Gauging how people react and read their body language to decipher their feelings and predict their actions. They must be able to determine if people could be a risk to themselves or others and to distinguish truths from lies.
Kinesiotherapists can find employment opportunities in all types of health care settings, including:
Sports medicine facilities
Some of the techniques employed by kinesiotherapists include guiding patients through their therapeutic exercise programs, instructing patients in aquatic therapy, helping patients learn to walk, teaching patients to use prosthetics and orthotics and helping patients develop a lifelong exercise regimen.
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