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Difference between physio and physical therapy

Is there one? I looked up the terms on this website and only really got a definition of what physical therapy is. Looking up on different websites, I saw no difference between the two, at least from what I found and understood. Anyone got a clearer picture for me?
2000- spinal fusion, complete spine due to scoliosis
2012- pain began, started treatment for chronic pain
2013- install of pain pump, procedures to address complications
2014-blood patch, spinal fluid leak


  • To be able to help you Lmr106, I have no idea either, I asked a friend the other day, because I would love to know also . I hope you get some response. Sorry I can't help you. Goodluck!
    Tlif L5S1 fusion on the 14th Jan 2014
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,432
    edited 05/29/2014 - 2:35 AM
    Physio or physiotherapy has been considered to be more effective than physical therapy. Physiotherapy is the term used in Europe and Australia for Physical Therapy.

    Physical Therapy in the USA can vary from university to university, therefore the actual physical therapy you might receive would be different from center to center.

    Where as Physiotherapy is more consistent and follows a rigid set of guidelines. Physio from one center should be identical to another center.

    But this has been changing in the USA for several years now. Initially a Bacholers degree was all that was required, then it was a Masters now its becoming a PhD requirement. So the overall standards of physical therapy in the USA will be equal to the International standards.

    Which is better? From everything I've read, I lot depends on the condition you have. When its more specific disc and nervous system related, physio seems to be the better option. But I know in my area (around NYC), physical therapy is what you will get. I've had various physical therapist since 1978 and never have been offered or recognized a physio.

    Not sure if this helps, but its what I have read about and experienced.
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
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