Physical therapy or Physiotherapy attempts to address the illnesses, or injuries that limit a person’s abilities to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives. Physiotherapy involves a broad scope of practice that includes a combination of massage, exercises, manual therapy, and acupuncture. Fractures, sprains, muscle strains and nerve injuries can all send you in the direction of a physiotherapist. Physiotherapists are also frequently recommended to assist with rehabilitation after surgeries, injuries or for chronic pain treatment.
DOCTOR OR PHYSIO?
Generally, a doctor is the first port of call when a person suffers from any injury. But physiotherapists are known as “first contact” practitioners which means that they have the necessary skills to examine, Diagnose, treat and advise the patients with no previous input or referral from a doctor. A Physiotherapist helps people of all ages who have medical conditions, illnesses or injuries that limit their regular ability to move and function without going for a major surgery. Also, back pains, knee pains and neck strains have become everyday problems. Pain-killers, ointments, massages etc. are what people opt for rather than consulting a Physiotherapist. People need to be awared about the therapists for curing their pains without even going for diagnosis.
A Physiotherapist can benefit you in many ways:
- PAIN MANAGEMENT : Whenever we suffer from bone injuries or acute pains after surgery, a Physiotherapist can help you reduce or manage your pain. They use many treatments and techniques such as joint and soft tissue mobilization or treatments such as ultrasound, taping or electrical stimulation can help relieve pain and restore muscle and joint function to reduce pain. Such therapies can also prevent pain from returning.
- RECOVER FROM A SPORT INJURY : Athletes tend to get sports injury at some point or another and that’s when they need to head straight to a physiotherapist. A Physiotherapist can help them with with their acute pains or injuries. It is sometimes due to that injury athletes are asked to stop doing some exercises, but the Physiotherapist will also give them a few exercises to do at home, to ensure that they keep moving the joints and avoid losing too much range of movement while you’re recovering.
- RELIEVE FROM CHRONIC PAIN : Depending on the cause, a program of physiotherapy can ease chronic pain by strengthening the muscles that surround painful joints or muscles. A Physiotherapist uses various techniques in order to stabilize and balance the chronic pain.
- AVOID SURGERY : If a Physiotherapist helps you to eliminate or reduce your pain, then there are chances that you may not need a surgery. And even if surgery is required, you may benefit from pre-surgery physical therapy. If you are going into a surgery stronger and in better shape, you will recover faster afterwards in many cases. Also, by avoiding surgery, health care costs are reduced.
- HELPS BAD KNEE : Physiotherapists can often remove the source of the knee pain by identifying a cause such as muscle tightness around the knee, and treating it with exercises or stretching. Physiotherapist are known for looking at the whole picture whereas a surgeon just looks at the joint. So, a Physiotherapist is the best choice if you are having a bad knee.
- MANAGE AGE RELATED ISSUES : As individuals age, they may develop arthritis or osteoporosis or need a joint replacement. A Physiotherapist is expert in helping the aged to recover from joint replacement or manage Arthritis or Osteoporosis.
- MANAGE WOMEN’S HEALTH CONDITIONS : Women’s health also needs some attention. They also have some specific health concerns such as pre and post-pregnancy. Rapidly changing hormone levels during pregnancy can soften the ligaments which support your back and cause them to stretch. Physical therapists can offer specialized management of issues related to women’s health. Additionally, a Physiotherapist can provide specialized treatment for breast cancer, constipation, fibromyalgia, lymphedema, male pelvic health, pelvic pain, and urinary incontinence.
- MANAGE DIABETES : Doing exercise can play a very important role in maintaining the blood sugar level. A diabetic patient may have problems of sensations in their feet and legs. Physical therapists can help provide and educate these patients on proper foot care to prevent further problems down the road
- PREVENT THROMBOSIS : Post-surgical patients are usually advised with bed rest for a long time. The confinement to their beds can cause Thrombosis due to the inadequate leg movement. During this time, the patients are taught some exercises by the physical therapist that need to be repeated in order to work back effectively.
- RECOVER FROM A STROKE : A Physical therapist can also help the patients who have lost their movement and function of body after stroke.They can help them to strengthen back their weakened body parts. They can also improve stroke patients’ ability to transfer and move around in bed so that they can be more independent around the home.
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