THE TOP FIVE CHALLENGES FACED BY PHYSIOTHERAPISTS
In this article, let us shed some light on the major challenges faced by physiotherapists. Like in any other profession, Physiotherapy has its positives and negatives as well. Although the branch is rewarding, it sure comes with its downsides. After talking to several physiotherapists and investigating their everyday work life, the five most significant challenges that surface in the industry are as followed.
1. Lack Of Supportive Talent Available To Physiotherapists:
Physical therapy as a branch of rehabilitative health serves an extensive range of people. Due to its need and popularity among various sectors like pediatric, orthopedic, neurological, sport, etc., there is a high demand for help and support needed by talented professionals subordinating and assisting physiotherapists. Finding resourceful, experienced, and skilled assistants has become a difficult task for physiotherapists. Lack of supportive talent is one of the biggest challenges faced by physiotherapists. One promising solution is to use digitalization for this purpose. Physical therapy and exercise therapy are now effortlessly assisted with the help of digital devices and tools that can cater as one of the best solutions to this problem with form correcting software and stations.
2. Burn Out/Stress:
Like in any other branch of medicine, physiotherapy also can be very stressful. Working long hours shifts, dealing with patients with traumatic experiences and illnesses, can cause severe stress to physiotherapists. This stress can generate feelings of burn out and could be very draining mentally. Finding a balance between their professional and personal life is something that Physiotherapists should target from the very beginning.
The current healthcare legislation requires documentation at every step of the treatment until its very end and recording every small detail from planning to the end execution. That is not all, as there are changes regularly in health codes and laws, these documents have to be updated, and the whole procedure has to be changed. So from health records to reimbursement claims, all have to be recorded and regularly maintained. As the reimbursement claims are taken care of by third-party insurance companies, detailed documentation must be prepared and submitted to them. These documents outline the reasons, causes, past treatments, everyday details of each patient, and also justifying the need to have a physical therapy procedure.
4. Emotional Stress:
Physiotherapists work very closely with patients. They not only help in their physical therapy but also deal with the traumatic experiences and significance attached to each patient and try to understand their current state of mind. The close and long working hours with the patients can leave physiotherapists emotionally drained. As most of the times, the goal is to achieve independent mobility of the patients, pushing them to acquire the same requires not only physical work but a lot of intricate emotional work and motivation. Physiotherapists should regularly work on their emotional health as it is directly linked to their mental state as well.
5. Physiotherapists Have To Be Updated With The Trends:
As mentioned before, there are regular updates in health laws and codes, so as a physiotherapist, one needs to have information about all of them, which is a time-consuming process. Not only this, almost all of the physiotherapists we talked with said they annually take at least 2 – 3 courses to stay updated about the new technologies, techniques, treatments, and breakthroughs in the industry. All these courses and classes create additional costs and also take up a significant amount of time. As the industry trends are re-evaluated often, keeping up with all of them is a challenge.
These challenges surface from time to time but are manageable along the way by taking the right approach, creating a balance between personal and professional life, and managing resources and time wisely. Physiotherapy, as a profession, has many benefits as well, and the top 5 will be discussed shortly in the next article.