What is physiotherapy?

Google “musculoskeletal physiotherapy” and you might find that most of the sources are British or Australian. This terminology is in widespread usage in Australia and Great Brittan, while in the U.S., “physical therapy” is the term most often applied to the specialty of physical medicine and rehabilitation that concentrates on musculoskeletal system of bones, muscles, tendons and ligaments.

Even in the U.S., however, “physiotherapy” implies more intense training that meets international standards, while “musculoskeletal” allies more with orthopedics and differentiates from other types of physical therapy, such as cardiovascular and pulmonary, clinical, electrophysiology, geriatric, intra-commentary, neurological, pediatric, palliative care, women’s health.

Who Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Helps

Musculoskeletal physiotherapy might help people with neck and back pain, spinal conditions, amputations, fractures, arthritis, sprains, strains, and acute sports injuries, as well as post-surgical rehabilitation. As a result of injuries, the bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons, joints, menisci, and any affected part of the body can experience inflammation, pain, limited range of motion, or weakness in the joints and muscles.

To treat these conditions, a therapist has a variety of techniques at their disposal, such as:

  • Manual therapy and manipulation
  • Specific exercises geared to help a problem
  • Patient education
  • Traction and other mechanical devices
  • Physical agents, including cold, heat, electricity, soundwaves, radiation, and rays
  • Prescription of prosthesis and it assistive devices

Physiotherapy professionals work with patients to both the repair injury and soreness and to prevent future problems. Techniques that include diet and exercise can help a person maintain and improve mobility, while maintaining an ideal weight and optimal fitness.

Developing A Therapy Plan

Before determining the right techniques for each patient, the therapist first assesses their condition through imaging and other diagnostic techniques. The plan that he or she then prescribes is based on individual needs and differences and is likely to contain a mix of active and passive approaches to healing and pain reduction. For example, while the program might include exercises and manipulation, it is also likely to include more relaxing approaches such as heat or cold packs, ultrasound, or tens units. The exercises included are likely to be low impact, focusing on stretching, strengthening, and reducing pain.

Musculoskeletal physiotherapy is an approach that coexists well with chiropractic, medicine, while improving results. The goals are the same:

  • Promoting recovery
  • Increasing mobility and movement
  • Lessening dependence on both drugs and invasive measures, such as surgery

Goals Served Through Physiotherapy

The plan that the physiotherapy professional designs is done in conjunction with others concerned about the patient’s well-being, such as other medical professionals, insurance companies, social service workers, family members, coaches, and more. Treatment must be acceptable, realistic, patient centered, and respectful of culture.

Whether the recipient of physiotherapy is a top athlete who wants to return to the field as soon as possible and may be more resistant to injury, or an elderly person who wants to recover from hip surgery or retain control over the activities of their daily life, the process will help the patient meet their goals.

When you want drug-free, noninvasive treatment that will help free your joints and muscles of pain, contact the Pinnacle Chiro and Rehab Center today at (303), 683-5060 for an appointment or additional information about our services.

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