Physiotherapy is a healthcare service that enhances the quality of life of individuals though alleviating aches and pain and improving movement and function. It is not only for the elderly or those involved in serious accidents. Physiotherapy can also provide relief to the musculoskeletal system from overuse or other negative impact from occupational duties.
Let us have a look at the different conditions which can be treated by physiotherapy:
1. Hip and Knee Problems
Whether you are suffering from hip or knee injuries – fractures, impingement, sprains/strains, ligament tears, meniscus injuries, or even leg length inequality and muscular imbalances, physiotherapy can reduce the painful symptoms and promote faster healing and recovery. Physiotherapists are well-trained to identify the source of the affected hip/knee issue and to prescribe the appropriate course of treatment intervention. These may include but are not limited to stretching and strengthening exercises, orthotics and education on how to prevent worsening of the condition.
2. Back Pain
Those suffering from back pain will be glad to know that physiotherapy can help! Problems such as poor posture, muscle strain and arthritis can contribute to back pain. Physiotherapists will conduct a thorough assessment to identify the source of back pain may prescribe therapeutic and core stabilization exercises, mobilize the spine and provide postural education.
With proper understanding of arthritis, ache and pain can be managed. There are various types of arthritis which your physiotherapist will assess and determine the type causing the symptoms. Depending on the type of arthritis, physiotherapy may be used in conjunction with medications prescribed by your physician. Treatment will focus on range of motion exercises, aquatherapy, mobilization, etc.
4. Pregnancy Aches and Pain
Weight gain during pregnancy can impose more stress on the ligaments and joints thereby making them susceptible to injuries. Physiotherapy during pregnancy can be helpful in relieving symptoms such as back and pelvic pain, muscle fatigue and joint pain.
5. Pelvic Floor Disorders
Conditions affecting the pelvic floor may be caused by weak or too tight pelvic floor muscles. These may be treated by physiotherapy through pelvic floor exercises which work to strengthen the muscles of the pelvic floor.
6. Breathing disorders
Patient suffering from asthma, sleep apnea or even stress can benefit from deep abdominal breathing exercises. These breathing techniques help improve the patient’s health and stress level.