Getting Back in Action with The Physiotherapist
Humans as a species have a bone of exploration inbuilt in us. We have it in our DNA to explore, look out for new places, and indulge in activities that make us feel alive, at least in the conventional sense. But there are times when our mobility gets affected. The reasons can be as varied as an injury, a disease, or a side effect of long-term medication. When we lose our mobility, we tend to get restricted to one place and cannot fully function on our own without help.
Here is when the unsung heroes of Physiotherapy come in as our knights in shining armor. Physiotherapy is a practice that helps to restore movement and function when someone is affected by an injury, an illness, or a disability. Physiotherapists study the science of movement. They learn to identify the root cause of an injury. They assess, diagnose, treat, and work to prevent disease or disability.
Physiotherapists are experts in movement and function. They help prevent further injury by listening to patients’ needs and expectations. They work in partnership with their patients to plan the most effective treatment for any individual based on their condition, including setting goals and treatment outcomes.
Physiotherapists specialize in developing, maintaining, and restoring the maximum movement and functional ability of patients. They treat people at any stage of life when they suffer impaired movement due to aging, injury, disorders, environmental factors, etc.
Physiotherapy is a degree-based profession, and physiotherapists use their knowledge and skills to assess, diagnose and treat a wide range of conditions that are not only specific to the muscle group.
Some areas where physiotherapists work are:
• Neuromusculoskeletal Issues: These are conditions such as low back pain, subacromial impingement, sports injuries, and more.
• Neurological Issues: These include impaired movement due to stroke, spinal cord injuries, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, etc,
• Cardiovascular Issues: Certain cardiac conditions require physiotherapy for complete recovery. These are conditions like chronic heart disease, rehabilitation after a heart attack, etc,
• Respiratory Issues: These include conditions like asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cystic fibrosis, etc.
Physiotherapists focus not only on the prevention of a preexisting condition but also work on rehabilitation and restoring movement. Treatment can be for problems caused by injury, disease, or disability like Neck and back pain caused by problems in the mus-cles and skeleton Problems in the bones, joints, muscles, and ligaments, Lung prob-lems such as asthma, Loss of mobility because of trauma to the brain or spine, or due to diseases such as Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis, pain, swelling, stiffness, and loss of muscle strength, often seen during cancer treatments, muscular diseases or palliative care.
Every Physiotherapy session is unique because it is all about the patient and their par-ticular needs. During a session, the physiotherapist learns about your medical history and does a preliminary analysis of your condition keeping in mind the goal to be achieved, your age, pre-existing conditions, etc. The physiotherapist then plans out a treatment plan for the patient and sets a timeline to achieve recovery and then you are prescribed medication and exercises and any assistive devices if required.