How can Physiotherapy help?
Physiotherapists not only treat injuries but also provide advice and exercise programmes to enable you to achieve your highest level of physical function (at any stage of life).
A physiotherapist can evaluate your condition and identify the source of your discomfort or dysfunction. Once evaluated, the therapist can develop a treatment program that will usually involve some form of manual therapy and exercise, as well as other modalities ie electrical or acupuncture if necessary. You will also receive instruction in a home exercise program as well as education on body mechanics and posture in order to prevent the reoccurrence of your original injury.
What can Physiotherapy do?
Using a variety of techniques a Physiotherapist can help:
- Alleviate pain
- Restore and increase the range of motion in joints
- Treat and Prevent sports injuries
- Increase co-ordination
- Educate patients in the use of walking sticks, crutches and wheelchairs
What Conditions Do Physiotherapists Treat?
- Arthritis, injury, pain, swelling, stiffness
- Back and neck pain – protruding/ prolapsed discs,
- Frozen Shoulder
- Knee Injuries including ligament & cartilage damage
- Sciatica – pain down the back of the leg
- Sports Injuries – to muscle, ligament, cartilage, capsule and tendon
- Muscle and ligament tears/strains
- Fractures and trauma
- Tennis elbow, golfers elbow
- Postural problems including chronic neck/shoulder discomfort
- Ergonomic advice
- Pre & Post Operative rehabilitation including:
- Joint replacements
- Pre & post arthroscopy
- A.C.L. reconstructions
- Scar tissue treatment
- Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI)
- Personal injuries – eg. accidents occurred from falls, driving or work
Physiotherapists can treat almost all conditions which have one of these symptoms; pain, weakness, stiffness, loss of movement.