Physiotherapy is all about restoring function and movement in the event of illness, injury or disability. In addition to rehabilitation, physiotherapy can also be used as a preventative measure and help the areas of focus avoid any further damage. Overall, Physiotherapy can improve strength, flexibility, movement and mobility. It can also help patients to breathe easier, reduce pain, stay active and, of course, to prevent future injuries.
Physiotherapists deliver treatment through the use of manual therapy, therapeutic exercise as well as electro-physical modalities.
This blog post is all about the conditions that physiotherapy can treat. The reality is that physiotherapy can treat much more than just two conditions. For the sake of this blog post, however, we have simply lumped two categories of illnesses together, as you will see below.
Conditions Physiotherapy Can Treat
Physiotherapists have a lot of knowledge as to how the body works as well as practical, clinical-based skills to both diagnose and treat those symptoms.
There are also more specialized forms of physiotherapy, including neurological physiotherapy and orthopedic physiotherapy, both of which can help with numerous other conditions as well.
With this in mind, here is a look at the conditions that physiotherapy can treat:
- Neurological Impairments
Neurological physiotherapy can be used to treat those with various neurological impairments, including traumatic brain injury, stroke, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury and parkinson’s disease.
In these cases, neurological physiotherapy is used to boost the message pathways that the brain is struggling to use; through repetitive actions and exercises, new pathways are formed. Here, physiotherapy can be used to restore a loss of balance, loss of hand, arm or foot function as well as issues with walking. It can also be used to improve pain.
- Orthopedic Impairments
Orthopedic physiotherapy is used to treat issues with the musculoskeletal system. It does so by improving the person’s strength and range of motion following an injury or illness. Orthopedic physiotherapy can treat issues such as acute sports injuries, arthritis and amputations. It can also treat the challenges that arise from sciatic pain and repetitive strain injuries. It can also help those undergoing cancer treatment (specifically lymphedema).
There is some overlap between orthopedic physiotherapy and neurological physiotherapy; by this, we mean to say that orthopedic physiotherapy can also treat some of the same conditions that neurological physiotherapy can treat. This includes, for example, stroke, Parkinson’s disease and Multiple Sclerosis.
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