India Today - - COVER STORY - By Kar­ishma Goenka

Liv­ing in a city has its perks, but the seden­tary lifestyle of­ten re­sults in ris­ing com­plaints of spinal, neck and other bod­ily aches. Phys­io­ther­apy is the so­lu­tion to this prob­lem. Till a cou­ple of decades ago, phys­io­ther­apy ed­u­ca­tion could only be availed of in the form of diplo­mas or cer­ti­fi­ca­tion cour­ses, which the four-and-a-half-year long com­pre­hen­sive bach­e­lor in phys­io­ther­apy (BPT) de­gree is slowly phas­ing out. The course pre­pares stu­dents with fun­da­men­tal knowl­edge of the hu­man anatomy and in­tri­ca­cies of the bones, mus­cles and nerves.

CA­REER PROSPECTS Prospects for a phys­io­ther­a­pist are di­verse since the prac­tice not only sup­ple­ments most other med­i­cal fields, but can also stand on its own. They may work at clin­ics, spe­cial schools, se­nior ci­ti­zen homes and multi­na­tional com­pa­nies. Salaries range from `5,000 to `80,000 per month.


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