Physiotherapy Department, Jos University Teaching Hospital has been in existence since the inception of the Hospital in 1981. It is one of the outstanding clinical departments in the hospital of about 620 bed capacity. The department is located in a strategic place within the hospital and has very big accommodation for staff offices, ten treatment cubicles, seminar room, equipment laboratory and consulting room ,two big gymnasia for therapeutic exercises and equipment store amongst others.
The department provides a comprehensive range of rehabilitation services which put her on the forefront of Physiotherapy in Plateau State and her immediate neighboring states such as Nassarawa, Bauchi, Kaduna and Benue. Most of the patients that require physiotherapy treatment as well as private hospitals and clinics in the state depend largely on the services offered by the department.
The department have some of the basic equipments commonly used in Physiotherapy treatment; These include: Shortwave diathermy machine, Ultrasound therapy machine, Interferential unit,TENS machine, Ultraviolet Radiation Therapy (UVR) , Anodyne therapy, Empulse therapy Unit, Traction Unit, Tilt table, Bicycle Ergometers,
Lumbar/ Cervical traction machine,Paraffin Wax Bath, Electrical stimulating machine, Therapeutic Ultrasound machine, Infrared therapy machine, Treadmill, Dumbells
Gomometers, medicine balls, knee, waist supports e.t.c
Weekly Clinical Seminars every Wednesday between 12:30 and 3:30 pm. This involves all physiotherapists and sometimes participants from outside the department.
Services are divided into six areas of specialization, each one headed by a competent physiotherapist on the rank of between Chief Physiotherapist and Assistant Director.
Orthopedic, trauma and recreation Physiotherapy
Physiotherapy in Primary Health care and Community based
Physiotherapy in Children and women’s Health.
Geriatric and Palliative Care
These services cover the inpatients and outpatients.
The department attends to a wide variety of clinical conditions, the most common of which are:
ORTHOPAEDIC & TRAUMA UNIT-Degenerative conditions of back, osteoarthritis of knee, hip, shoulder, upper and lower limb fractures, lumbar spondylosis, cervical spondylosis herniated intervertebral disc, soft tissue injuries of upper and lower limbs, post amputation complications etc.
CVA, Diabetic neuropathy, chest conditions, cardiac conditions, facial nerve palsy. Critical care and several other medical conditions, AIDS sequelae, Covid-19 complications.
NEUROLOGY UNIT- spinal cord injury-paraplegia, quadriplegia and peripheral nerve injuries, movement disorders, disorders of muscles, head injuries etc
COMMUNITY BASED/PRIMARY HEALTH CARE – Polytraumatized patients, chest injuries, burns and bladder Dysfunction and patients referred from the General surgery, urology, plastic surgery departments.
Cerebral palsies, obstetric neuropraxia, incontinencies; congenital deformities; pubic diastasis and erb’s palsy.