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Head of Department

Mrs. V. A. Akintayo

Activities of the Department of Physiotherapy

The Physiotherapy Department of the hospital operates eight (8) specialty units for the habilitation and rehabilitation of conditions affecting individuals of all ages, from children (paediatrics) to the elderly (geriatrics).

All units (except the Community and Health promotion Unit which functions only on an outpatient basis) function in both in-patient and outpatient capacities, with teams of physiotherapists spread across the various units.

The Units and their duties are stated below:

Primarily deals with the rehabilitation of patients with pulmonary conditions, heart diseases, and rehabilitation following cardiothoracic and abdominal surgeries. The unit is also responsible for the rehabilitation of critically-ill patients, especially those on intensive care admission, as well as oncology and palliative care patients.

This unit which took off in 2014 Is involved in the preventive and promotive aspects of health for the hospital community and patient population. It carries out regular health education for patients who visit the department and also the hospital community, primarily through the monthly fitness programme executed by the unit to promote a culture of physical activity for the staff of the hospital. Also, it provides avenues for personalized fitness programmes for staff of the hospital and clients from around the state who are interested in harnessing the potency of physical activity for the promotion of health, weight maintenance/loss, and general fitness. As part of its community contribution, specialist in this unit are posted to the hospital outpost in Sepeteri, Oyo state.

The Geriatric unit of the department is situated at the Chief Tony Anenih Geriatric Centre within the hospital premises. Here, specialized rehabilitative care is given to the elderly by our team of competent physiotherapist to optimize their level of independence to carry out their age-appropriate daily activities with ease.

This unit is concerned with the management of patients with functional deficits resulting from neurological conditions such as stroke, Parkinson’s disease, Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Multiple Sclerosis as well as medical conditions such as kidney diseases, diabetes mellitus etc.

Physiotherapists in the neurosurgery unit manage patients with conditions such as traumatic brain injury, cranial tumours, spinal cord injury, etc. They work to functionally rehabilitate patients who have undergone neurosurgeries in order to maximum outcomes and enhance full return of their potentials.

Our orthopaedic unit sees to the management of patients with a wide range of musculoskeletal dysfunctions which may impair mobility, functionality and restrict participation in activities and work. The conditions treated include low back pains, neck pains, post-immobilization contractures, post-operative management of orthopaedic conditions such as fractures, arthroplasties and amputation, etc. Our team of specialized physiotherapist use mobilization exercises, manual therapy techniques, phonophoresis, iontophoresis, etc with state of the art electrotherapeutic equipments to restore function.

The paediatric unit treats neonates from a day old up to children of 16 years. This highly sensitive specialty is manned by our professional team of physiotherapists who are skilled in both the habilitative and rehabilitative aspects of physiotherapy practice. With the current evidence-based approach, neurologic conditions such as cerebral palsy, Erb’s palsy, sciatic nerve injection injury; paediatric orthopaedic conditions such as fractures, foot deformities and other musculoskeletal disorders are managed.


Saddled to promote women’s health through all ages –adolescence, child-bearing, menopause, the Women’s Health Unit of the department is an effective arm. The unit carries out rehabilitation for women conditions involving the pelvic floor –such as pelvic organ prolapse, urinary incontinence, pubic dystasis, myofascial pelvic pain syndrome, and so on. Also, the unit performs frequent health outreaches to antenatal and postnatal women in the outpatient Obstetric & gyneacology clinics of the hospital, where relevant health promotion talks related to their health before and after delivery are given regularly.

The Department of Physiotherapy, University College Hospital, Ibadan, in constant strive to keep in touch with standard practices runs outpatient clinics every weekday and in-patient care round the clock all year round. The department also functions in the training of physiotherapy students at both undergraduate and post-graduate levels, including associates of the National Post-Graduate Physiotherapy College of Nigeria (NPPCN). Furthermore, the department is a first-choice destination for clinical affiliation for students of other physiotherapy training institutions around the country. In terms of research and professional development, a bi-weekly departmental seminar holds on Tuesday and Thursday for all physiotherapists in the department, with independent unit seminar presentations holding across the various units of the department on different days of the week. An Education Committee sees to the supervision of these activities, as well as the planning and execution of annual departmental Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for all physiotherapists in the department and even from other institutions. Also, individual units carry out research activities on clinical findings and case reports of peculiar conditions managed from time to time.

(2018) Physiotherapy in the management of Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo. Prime Medical Journal 1(1):67-69.
(2018) Volkmann’s Ischaemic Contracture: A Ten Year Retrospective Study of Paediatric Physiotherapy Cases Managed in UCH, Ibadan. Prime Medical Journal 1 (1) 11-19.

As part of our social responsibility and as a stakeholder within the hospital community, the department annually organize the Physically Challenged People’s party to celebrate and encourage this otherwise neglected group of individuals within the community for over four (4) decades. This is made possible by the contributions of each and every physiotherapists in the department, the management of the hospital, friends of the department and other well-wishers.

  • Director & Head of Physiotherapy Services
  • Deputy Director of Physiotherapy
  • Assistant Director of Physiotherapy
  • Chief Physiotherapist
  • Principal Physiotherapist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Intern Physiotherapist
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