Importance of Physiotherapy in Medicine

Most of the time, we ignore the importance of physiotherapy and do not heed to what our doctors repeatedly tell us to do. But what we do not understand about physiotherapy is that it is of immense importance in order to restore mobility and normalcy in a patient’s life after he/she has been affected by any injury, disease/disability or has gone through a surgery.

It can help a patient of any age to manage further pain and prevent subsequent injuries or diseases. It is kind of a follow-up treatment which helps the patient to improve and maximise his/her physical strength, functioning and general well-being while taking care of any underlying issues.

Physiotherapy should not be taken lightly since it helps in preventing any future possibilities of disability and injury and manages chronic effects of the surgery or disease/injury. It helps the patient to better their physical performance and educates them on how to prevent any further recurrence. Basically, it is rehabilitatory.

How is the treatment done?

The treatment takes a very holistic approach to the problem and the type of technique employed is determined by the nature of the problem. Most common of the treatments include:-

  • Manual manipulation (by moving the soft tissues and joints to improve circulation and relax the muscles).
  • Electrical stimulation of the nerves to help contain the pain signals and prevent them from reaching the brain.
  • Acupuncture to stimulate the CNS and hence, dull the pain and relax the muscles.
  • Teaching the patient about proper movement patterns to help them to recuperate on their own.
  • Regularly examining the patients with regards to their physical movements for better assessment of the condition.

Who is generally recommended to have physiotherapy?

Patients with the following conditions are generally recommended therapy:-

  • Heart and lung conditions like COPD, cystic fibrosis, etc.
  • Hand therapy for conditions such as shaking hands syndrome, trigger finger, etc.
  • Upper/lower back pain
  • Injuries of the spinal cord, stroke, MS, Parkinson’s disease, trauma of the brain and vestibular
  • Dysfunction
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Sports injuries such as tennis elbow
  • Urinary incontinence

But of course, there is no specific eligibility criterion for physiotherapy and anybody who has sustained an injury, disease/disability can go for physiotherapy after due consultation from the doctor-in-charge.

Physiotherapy is extremely safe and highly effective even though its timing may get extended to years depending on the condition. It has almost nil side effects and the recovery time is medium for most of the cases.

At Ayushman Hospital and Health Services, we always recommend our patients the best possible treatment and the doctors take utmost care in regularly assessing the condition. And so our clients can always believe in us to return them to their healthiest states before they are finally discharged from the hospital.

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