Prevention and management of diabetes: the role of the physiotherapist

As the diabetes epidemic grows in size and complexity, there is an increasing realization that physicians alone are unable to provide the care required by people with diabetes. To help them live life to the fullest, people with the condition need the services of a range of healthcare personnel, including diabetes nurses, dietitians, podiatrists, psychologists and eye specialists. The role of most of these is well defined; the multi-disciplinary team approach benefits increasing numbers of people with diabetes worldwide. However, the potential of some specialities, such as physiotherapy, has hardly been explored. The authors of this article consider the importance of physiotherapy as a medical science, and discuss the various roles the physiotherapist can play in diabetes care.
physiotherapy, massage, exercise, TENS, IFT, feet