The concept of Community Physiotherapy may be foreign to you. Not to worry, that is what we are here for. Most people if ever, will see a physiotherapist based on the recommendation of a Medical Doctor. This is a lengthy process, in that it is based on the discretion of the Medical Doctor. In Nigeria, Physiotherapists are also ‘first contact specialists’. This means they can assess [evaluate], treat, prescribe and manage patient conditions. They are also able to refer patients to other members of the medical team as they deem fit.
In other words, you can refer yourself to a Physiotherapist. While that is good, there is even something better – Community Physiotherapy. The physiotherapist can come to you in your space, to attend to you. You do not have to go to the therapist. What’s more? You are getting the best they have to offer as if you were in the clinic. Community physiotherapy is also very interesting as it addresses a vast range of conditions using physical therapy modalities, physical activity, health education, awareness, and promotion.
Community Physio, short for, Community Physiotherapy, aims to bring physiotherapy closer to you. In Nigeria, we have lots of physiotherapists, however, my experience spanning about eight (8) years of practice shows just how little is known of the profession by the very people who need them the most – you.
This website hopes to bridge that gap, answer your questions, teach you new things, engage you as a community and bring you one step closer to a physiotherapist.