Physiotherapists study the science of movement. They learn how to pinpoint an injury’s root causes and helps to restore movement and function whether it is from an injury, illness or disability or physiotherapy can also serve the goal of prevention such as help reduce your risk of injury or illness in the future. It takes a holistic approach that involves the you, the patient, directly in your own care.
Physiotherapy can be helpful for people of all ages with a wide range of health conditions.
When should I go see a physiotherapist?
Think about getting physiotherapy if you have an injury, or chronic pain that affects how you function in your daily life. A doctor may refer you to physiotherapy after surgery such as a hip replacement, or an event such as a heart attack or stroke.
If you are planning to use health insurance to help cover the cost of physiotherapy, remember to visit your insurance company’s website to ensure the physiotherapist is covered. If the physiotherapist is not covered by that insurance company you will not be able to use your benefits and will need to pay the full cost of treatment.
What problems do physiotherapists treat?
Physiotherapists focus on both prevention and rehabilitation. Here are some examples of what a physiotherapist can help treat:
- Neck and back pain caused by problems in the muscles and skeleton – however any joint in the body can be helped with physiotherapy
- Problems in the bones, joints, muscles and ligaments, such as injury, overuse or arthritis
- Lung problems such as asthma and breathing issues caused by mental health issues such as anxiety
- Chronic pain issues such a fibromyalgia
- Disability as a result of heart problems, diabetes, osteoporosis or arthritis
- Pelvic issues, such as bladder and bowel problems related to childbirth
- Loss of mobility because of trauma to the brain or spine, or due to diseases such as Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis
- Fatigue, pain, swelling, stiffness and loss of muscle strength, for example during cancer treatment, or after any surgery
- Physiotherapy is also very good for prevention of any kind of injury such as preparing for a marathon
What can I expect at physiotherapy?
Your session will be unique, because it is all about you and your particular needs. In general, here’s what happens:
- The physiotherapist learns about your medical history
- The physiotherapist assesses and diagnoses your condition
- You receive a treatment plan that sets goals for you which includes manual therapy and tailored exercises to improve general health and mobility, and to strengthen specific parts of the body
- You are prescribed a course of exercises and other additional things may be included in your treatment plan wherever needed.
- Education and advice – physiotherapists can give general advice about things that can affect your daily lives, such as posture and correct lifting or carrying techniques to help prevent injuries