World Physiotherapy Day - 8 September

World Physiotherapy Day - 8 September

Rehabilitation and Long COVID – how to take part

World Physiotherapy Day – 8 September

September 8 is World Physiotherapy Day. This year’s theme will focus on rehabilitation and Long COVID, and the role of physiotherapists in the treatment and management of people affected by Long COVID.

Fact: 1 in 10 of all Long COVID patients will exhibit symptoms for a period of 12 weeks or longer.

Long COVID is different for everyone, and rehabilitation for Long COVID must be tailored to the individual. As physiotherapists, you play a key role in delivering safe and effective rehabilitation that is fundamental to recovery after COVID.

Why World Physiotherapy (PT) Day matters

In 1996, 8 September was designated as World PT Day. This is the date World Physiotherapy was founded in 1951.

The day marks the unity and solidarity of the global physiotherapy community. It is an opportunity to recognise the work that physiotherapists do for their patients and community. Using World PT Day as a focus, World Physiotherapy aims to support member organisations in their efforts to promote the profession and advance their expertise.

Reports from around the world indicate that World PT Day activities have a positive impact on the profession’s profile and standing with both the public and policymakers.

Many World Physiotherapy member organisations already have their own national physiotherapy days, weeks, and months. However, organisations that have no designated day of their own often choose 8 September.

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