What is physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy is a healthcare profession that aims to enhance or restore function of multiple body systems. The profession is committed to health, lifestyle and quality of life. It incorporates a broad range of physical and physiological therapeutic interventions and aids.
What do physiotherapists do?
Contrary to popular belief, physiotherapists aren’t just limited to treating sport injuries and back pains. Physiotherapists can treat those who suffer from conditions in the following areas:
- Obstetrics (pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period (including care of the newborn)
- Neurological conditions (such as stroke)
- Multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injuries
- Cardiothoracic conditions like emphysema, asthma and chronic bronchitis
- Prostatitis (causes infection or inflammation of prostate gland)
- Mental health
- Men’s and women’s health (including incontinence)
- Recovery after major surgery
- Orthopaedics and trauma
- Sports injuries
- Paediatrics (children)
How can physiotherapy help my injury?
Physiotherapy can ensure that your injury is thoroughly assessed and treated appropriately. Physiotherapy treatment can help to quicken your body’s natural healing process. Appropriate treatment will also reduce the likelihood of recurrence by addressing factors that may have contributed to the development of your condition. Physiotherapists are experts in advising patients on which activities are appropriate for their injury to maximize recovery and ensure an optimal outcome.
When should I see a physiotherapist?
There are many instances when it is appropriate and beneficial to consult a physiotherapist. Some of these include:
- If you have sustained an injury
- If you have swelling, bruising or deformity of a body part
- If you are experiencing joint stiffness, pain or ache (particularly if your symptoms have persisted for greater than 3 days)
- If you are limping or protecting a limb due to pain
- If you are experiencing pins and needles or numbness
- If your limbs collapse or give way occasionally
- If you have postural problems
- If you need advice on improving strength, flexibility, balance or fitness
- If you need advice on injury prevention or other aspects of musculoskeletal health
- If you require treatment for an injury
- If you wish to improve your physical performance for sport
- If you are planning a return to sport or activity following a prolonged period of inactivity
As a general rule, if you are unsure, it is always better to consult a professional rather than not seek advice.
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