Working closely with the patient, Physiotherapists are part of the clinical team, along with the Clinical Prosthetist/Orthotist, consulting Medical Specialist, Nurse, Occupational Therapist and Psychologist. They are involved in the evaluation, fitting and use of the artificial limbs (prostheses).

What you will do


  • observe and analyse gait (the act of walking)
  • determine the cause of any gait faults and
  • develop a training regime to improve strength, skill, balance or endurance as necessary.

They ensure the patient is trained to use their artificial limb to their full potential.

Skills and knowledge

As well as good observational skills, Physiotherapists need:

  • sound clinical reasoning and
  • an understanding of the functionality of certain prosthetic components.

Physiotherapists are also responsible for developing a rehabilitation plan for ongoing support, and may make recommendations for further physiotherapy, counselling, occupational therapist programmes and other services where applicable.

A Physiotherapist will use international outcome measures to closely monitor the progress of a new patient during their first year following amputation.


There are two Physiotherapy degrees offered in New Zealand, at Otago University and at Auckland University of Technology.




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