Physiotherapy Angle: Dr. Nirupama Bhatt
Name: Dr. Nirupama Bhatt
Birth Place: Delhi, India
Educational Qualification: BPT from Banarsidas Chandiwala Institute of Physiotherapy, New Delhi, India (2018-2022)
Diploma in Sports and Orthopedic Manual Therapy (2023)
Languages you speak or write: English and Hindi
Please walk me through a typical day in a life of a physiotherapist, starting with the time you arrive at work till the time you leave.
My clinical work starts at 9 AM and ends at 5:30 PM. Throughout this time, I assess multiple people with a variety of problems, and counseling plays a significant role in your day. I strongly believe that patient education holds greater importance. Conducting manual therapies and making on-the-spot clinical decisions are all integral parts of my job.
What inspired you to pursue physiotherapy as a career?
The individual mentions that having family members who needed physiotherapy inspired them, and they find the diagnostic aspect of physiotherapy more refined than that of other medical professions.
Which abilities do you consider to be the most crucial for a physiotherapist when you are deciding to pursue it as a career?
The essential abilities are patience, effective communication, being realistic, and having a genuine passion for the profession.
What do you like most about your job as a physiotherapist?
I enjoy being around patients and providing them with relief.
What resources do you find valuable to stay updated with the latest developments in physiotherapy?
Valuable resources for staying updated include research articles, continuous learning through courses, reading books, and seeking guidance from experienced colleagues.
What are your strategies to manage your workload and patient appointments throughout the day?
I manage my workload by being quick and making wise decisions to optimize time and resources efficiently.
Could you share the challenges you face in your work as a physiotherapist and how you handle them?
One challenge is the lack of patient or fellow physiotherapists' knowledge, which can be frustrating. To address this, the I focus on patient education and collaboration with colleagues.
What factors do you commonly consider while designing personalized treatment plans for your patients?
Personalized treatment plans are based on patient goals and the physiotherapist's limitations in terms of time and resources.
Do you think AI/Robotic technology would help to improve the future of physiotherapy? If so, what technological advancements do you think are particularly promising?
AI/Robotic technology can benefit the future of physiotherapy, especially for neuro patients who may benefit from robotic devices.
What outcome measures do you use to track patient improvement?
I track patient improvement through follow-up calls, messages, Visual Analog Scale (VAS) assessments, and questionnaires.
What is a Physiotherapist's Hack for fitness? Tell us your secret!
The hack for fitness is to make time for yourself and prioritize self-care despite a busy schedule.
Have you had you" I have made it" moment?
Yes, I have experienced such moments many times.
Any message for budding physiotherapists?
The message for budding physiotherapists is to be unique, not follow the masses, and pursue their passion in the field.
(Physiotherapy Angle/Dr. Nirupama Bhatt /PB)