So what do Physiotherapists do?

Physiotherapists facilitate the restoration of joint and body movement and normal body function in cases of injury, illness and disability.

As well as treating specific problem(s) we may also suggest ways you can improve your general health and well-being  Physiotherapy is a holistic approach, looking at the body as a whole rather than focusing on the individual factors of an injury or illness. For example, back pain can be caused by a number of different things including:

  • Poor posture
  • Inherited spinal deformity
  • Bending or twisting awkwardly (poor manual handling techniques)
  • Overstretching
  • Sitting or standing for long periods

A Physiotherapist will assess each person’s injury/issue and design a rehabilitation programme specific to that person. As well as treating the problem they will suggest things you can do on a daily basis to help alleviate pain and discomfort and prevent issues from returning. Physiotherapy is focused on treating the problem both for the short term and longer term to ensure patients achieve the best outcome possible.

Physiotherapists treat a wide range of issues including those with Neurological problems (stroke patients, MS, Parkinson’s disease), burns victims, Paediatrics, Respiratory illness, Orthopaedic issues and Musculoskeletal issues i.e. sport injuries, back pain, sciatica, whiplash trauma, arthritis and other joint and soft tissue issues. In the UK Physiotherapists tend to specialise in a specific speciality.

For more information see the NHS pages of ‘How Physiotherapy Works’

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