Physiotherapy – Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT IS PHYSIOTHERAPY?

Physiotherapy is a branch of health care professions involved in the evaluation and treatment of a range of disease, disorders and disabilities using physical means such as electrotherapy, cryotherapy, heat, diathermies, traction, range of motion exercises, stretching and strengthening exercises, taping and joint mobilizations.

WHAT IS A PHYSIOTHERAPIST?

  • A physiotherapist is a health care professional working independently or in conjunction with other medical professionals.
  • In our medical center, a physiotherapist usually provides treatment as a support following a chiropractic treatment. This drastically reduces inflammation.
  • They help promote overall good physical health through pain management, exercises, patient education and advice on proper body mechanics and posture.

WHICH PATIENTS DO THEY WORK WITH?

They treat patients impaired by physical pain, injury, illness or age.

WHAT DO WE EXPECT DURING A TREATMENT?

  • Treatment begins with an endorsement of the patient’s case, this is a brief presentation of the patient’s condition and medical history review between the physiotherapist and the chiropractor.
  • During the treatment, the physiotherapist administers electro modalities of different programs and techniques depending on the severity of the condition and the patient’s needs.
  • After the treatment, home instructions and advice on proper body mechanics are given.

DO WE GET AN INDIVIDUALIZED EXERCISE PROGRAM DURING THE COURSE OF OUR TREATMENT?

Yes. When the symptoms have improved. After few treatment sessions, an exercise program is given to the patient

SHOULD WE BE GIVEN EXERCISES ON THE FIRST TREATMENT SESSION?

  • An exercise program is introduced gradually into the treatment protocol with slow and careful progression, depending on the response of the patient to the treatment.
  • But in acute cases, where inflammation is still present, the inflammation and the pain has to be treated first before administering an exercise program.

HOW DO WE KNOW IF THE EXERCISES ARE GOOD FOR US?

The physiotherapist will advise you if the exercise program will either be continued, progressed or stopped depending on your response to the exercise program.

DO THEY GIVE ADVICE TO PATIENTS?

Yes. Patient education is always the key to the success of any treatment. It is important in the total recovery and healing process of an injury.

CAN THEY HELP US ON HOW TO USE WALKING AIDS?

  • Yes, they can advice you on using walking aids, how to correctly use them and measure them depending on your physique. They also suggest walking aids depending on your needs and lifestyle.
  • Proper gait retraining with the walking aid is given to prevent further injuries.

IS IT NECESSARY TO HAVE PHYSIOTHERAPY AFTER A CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT?

  • It is advisable since this type of treatment helps in preventing further inflammation of the injured area, increase healing time of the strained muscle fibers and decrease muscle spasm for acute and chronic cases.
  • A physiotherapist can help you return to normal activities of daily living by pain management, therapeutic exercises and advice on proper body mechanics.

I FELT STIFF AFTER I HAD PHYSIOTHERAPY, IS IT NORMAL?

Yes, it is normal. The muscles surrounding the areas manipulated may go into a protective muscle spasm, which is a normal response of the body. A physiotherapy treatment lasts for at least 15 minutes (depending on the condition), which means you have to be in one position for that time, this is a factor that may contribute to your muscle stiffness. If it happens again while having the treatment, let your physiotherapist know, so the discomfort will be addressed the soonest possible time.

HOW LONG DOES A PHYSIOTHERAPY TREATMENT LASTS?

A physiotherapy treatment lasts for 15 to 20 minutes each treatment, but may take longer depending on the areas treated.

ARE THE TREATMENTS GIVEN SIMILAR TO EVERY PATIENT SEEN?

A physiotherapist provides an individualized treatment of an injury or disability based on the assessment of the condition and the impact of the injury to the patient.

WHAT OTHER ROLES DO THEY PLAY IN A HEALTHCARE TEAM?

They help in the overall physical health of an individual and their return to normal activities of daily living after pain, injury or illness by:

  • Prevention and management of sports injuries
  • Restoration and improvement of the range of motion in the joints
  • Improving the body coordination, proprioception, cardiovascular endurance and joint flexibility
  • Providing advice and education in pre and post natal care for the women
  • Adjusting homes and workplaces depending on the patient’s impairment or disability.
  • Gait retraining for patients using ambulatory aids such as canes, crutches and wheelchairs

DO THEY TREAT OLDER PATIENTS TOO?

Yes, they do. People of old age are prone to injuries like falls and fractures. They help them by maintaining their mobility and independence.

WHAT DISEASE OR ILLNESSES DO THEY TREAT?

Physiotherapists treat a wide range of medical conditions:

  • Post- operative care after joint arthroplasty
  • Post- operative care after arthroscopy
  • Post- operative care after meniscectomy
  • Post- operative care after laminectomy
  • Post operative care after tendon release
  • Post operative care after Open reduction-internal fixations (ORIF’s)
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Fractures
  • Acute and chronic muscular strain
  • Acute and chronic
  • Ligamentous sprain
  • Acute and chronic pain syndromes
  • Whiplash injuries
  • Lateral epicondylitis
  • Medial epicondylitis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Plantar fascitis
  • Calcaneal spurs
  • Achilles tendon tears
  • Ankle inversion/eversion sprains
  • Meniscal injuries of the knee
  • Cruciate ligament tear
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Facial Palsy
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Tendinitis and repetitive strain injuries
  • Orthopedic conditions
  • Musculoskeletal disorders