Physiotherapy is a health profession concerned with the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of disease, injury and disability through physical means. It is based upon the principles of medical science and is practiced by physiotherapists (or physical therapists in the United States) following evidence based research and practice.
Physiotherapists enjoy professional autonomy, with the ability to act as primary care providers and to determine — and be responsible for — a patient's management. Physiotherapists also work in conjunction with other health professionals, receiving referrals from and liaising with appropriate health care workers such as GP’s, Consultants or Occupational Health advisers. Physiotherapists can therefore be found working in the private sector, in private practice or as part of an occupational health team in private industry as well as in public healthcare employed by the NHS.