5 Reasons Why I Love Being A Physio
Excel’s seasoned Physiotherapist, Lawrence Lin, is passionate in treating musculoskeletal injuries of all kinds, including muscle strains, neck pain from work, low back pain from lifting, post-surgery pains, or knee twists from the sports field. In this article, Lawrence shares about why he loves being a physiotherapist.
The most exhilarating thing about being a physiotherapist is not the physical part of the job. It is the problem solving, clinical reasoning, and communication with patients. Everyone that walks into my room all come with a different injury, story, and personality that keeps me on my toes. No two patients are ever the same and every day, I get the opportunity to meet and talk to people from all stages of life. I’m an extroverted person, so I love that I can be in constant company throughout my working day.
Everyone at Excel plays a vital role in providing the best possible quality of care. This can only be done with teamwork and colleagues who are on the same page and have the same goal of helping you improve your health and wellbeing.
According to statistics from the Physiotherapy Board of Australia posted in December 2017, there are about 9,000 registered physiotherapists in NSW and approximately 31,000 registered physiotherapists in Australia. Knowing that our team of six physiotherapists at Excel is part of a much bigger team in our state and country is both a humbling and motivating feeling. It means that we are part of something bigger than ourselves as we push the health boundaries in our nation.
Seeing my patients get better from their condition and injury is both inspiring and rewarding. Whether it be helping someone return to their daily tasks, sports field, or their workplace, I have the privilege to be able to contribute to their recovery and be part of their journey of rehabilitation.
Physiotherapy is a profession that gives to itself and is constantly changing. Here at Excel, we keep up to date with the latest research to make sure that our treatment is evidence based and clinically effective. We are required from the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency to attend 20 hours of continual professional development each year. I love attending external courses and learning new techniques which helps me refine my ‘menu’ of treatment.
Exercise, Exercise, Exercise!
I love getting my patients moving, twisting, bending, jumping, hopping, kicking, and screaming. I also love moving with them and demonstrating the exercises that they need to do at home or when we are doing a one-on-one Pilates session. I will often jump on another reformer or perform the exercises right next to my patients. The great thing is, while I’m making sure my patients have the right technique with each of their exercises, I’m also achieving my daily exercise goals by doing the exercises with them!