What does Physiotherapy do? Do I get better with physiotherapy?
I get to hear this question a lot from patients who haven’t experienced physio. “So does it work? How long does it take ?
Let me tell you a bit about phyio.
What is physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy is a healthcare profession that assesses, diagnoses, treats, and works to prevent disease and disability through physical means. Physiotherapists are experts in movement and function who work in partnership with their patients, assisting them to overcome movement disorders, which may have been present from birth, acquired through accident or injury, or are the result of ageing or life-changing events. (Australian Physiotherapy Association http://www.physiotherapy.asn.au )
Physiotherapy helps restore movement and function when someone is affected by injury, illness or disability. (Chartered Society of Physiotherapy http://www.csp.org.uk )
Physiotherapy has come a long way from the early 19th century when massage and manipulation were seen as being outside the medical science. In those days physiotherapy employed heat, electrical stimulation and water-based applications to help movement and function. Decades has passed until the profession has gained the recognition as a specialised field of medicine.
Physiotherapy is now recognised, respected and rewarded for its essential contribution to health and social care.
Physiotherapy addresses NeuroMusculoSkeletal, neurological, cardiopulmonary and cardiac problems among infants, children adults and geriatric populations.
Some of the Orthopedic and Spine disorders treated are sports injuries, fractures, joint disorders, back and neck pain, arthritis and post-operative conditions. Orthopedic physiotherapy takes place in a private practice.
Treatment techniques involve therapeutic exercise to improve strength, ease of movement and stamina, joint mobilisation to reduce stiffness and relief pain and using some electrical currents to relieve pain.
Neurological disorders such as strokes, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, cerebral palsy and spinal cord injury make up a a physiotherapist's caseload too.
Physiotherapists can assess work place and provide you advice with how you can prevent conditions such as work-related back and neck pain.
Physiotherapy is both clinically effective and cost-effective saving patients from un-necessary debilitations, work loss, or surgeries and procedures.
You may read more about conditions Physios treat and the applications they employ in below links:
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