Malawi Medical Journal
College of Medicine, University of Malawi and Medical Association of Malawi
Vol. 25, No. 3, 2013, pp. 83-85
Bioline Code: mm13020
Full paper language: English
Document type: View Point
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Malawi Medical Journal, Vol. 25, No. 3, 2013, pp. 83-85
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Physiotherapy in Malawi – a step in the right direction|
Fielder, S.; Mpezeni, S.; Benjamin, L. & Cary, I.
Physiotherapists in Malawi are in short supply and the demand for this
service is increasing. This profession is instrumental in the rehabilitation of
patients following accident and disease. Early input from a physiotherapist
can be life changing; for example, timely physiotherapy could prevent a
patient from becoming wheelchair-bound for life. This article explores
the role of physiotherapists, in the context of what they do, the medical
conditions that benefit from physiotherapy and the services available in
Malawi. The clinical focus will be on orthopaedic, musculoskeletal and
neurological conditions, since those are the specialties of the authors.
With the start of the physiotherapy degree programme at the College of
Medicine, University of Malawi, huge steps have been taken to address
this neglected profession.
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