Physiotherapy, also referred to as Physical Therapy (PT), falls under realm of conventional medicine and involves the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of a range of disorders and disabilities through the use of physical means.
As primary health care professionals, Physiotherapists combine in-depth knowledge of how the body works with specialized hands-on clinical skills to assess, diagnose and treat symptoms of illness, injury or disability. With your independence in mind, a physiotherapist’s goal is to restore, maintain and maximize your strength, function, movement and overall well-being.
Physiotherapists prescribe personalized therapeutic exercises and provide essential education about the body, what keeps it from moving well, how to restore mobility and independence and how to avoid or prevent bodily injury.
Conditions Treated By Physiotherapy (PT)
Physiotherapists help manage a broad range of health conditions, including:
- Ankle Sprain
- Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injury
- Back Pain
- Brain Injury
- Breast Cancer
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Cystic Fibrosis
- Developmental Delay
- Fall Prevention
- Knee Injury & Pain
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Pelvic Pain
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Post-Surgery Rehabilitation
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Sports Injury
Physiotherapy begins with an assessment of the patient’s condition. This assessment typically includes a medical history review and a physical examination. Often, the medical history review is considered a subjective examination, while the physical exam is considered objective. Both elements are important to successfully examining and treating the patient.
The assessment stage may, in some cases, involve diagnostic tests to better evaluate the patient’s condition and develop an effective treatment plan.
Treatment is guided by the findings of the assessment. Based on the unique needs of the patient, various physiotherapeutic treatment methods are employed, which may include techniques involving musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary and integumentary (outer membrane) systems. Physiotherapeutic treatment methods are constantly evolving as the field grows.
Physical Therapists also provide patients with guidance and recommendations, regarding such things as walking devices and mobility aids. Good physical therapists work diligently to help patients stay informed about their particular conditions and the required treatments, as patient education is key to the success of Physiotherapy.
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