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Malawi Medical Journal
College of Medicine, University of Malawi and Medical Association of Malawi
ISSN: 1995-7262
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

 en 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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