Inflammation is the body’s attempt at self-protection. The aim of any kind of inflammation is to remove harmful stimuli, including damaged cells, irritants, or pathogens - and begin the healing process. When there’s something harmful affects a part of our body, there is a biological response which tries to remove it. The signs and symptoms of inflammation, specifically acute inflammation, show that the body is trying to heal itself.
Infection and inflammation are two different things. An infection can cause inflammation, because an infection is caused by a bacterium, virus or fungus, while inflammation is the body’s response to it. Inflammation is a part of the body’s immune response. Initially, it is beneficial when, for example, your knee gets injured and tissues need care and protection. However, sometimes inflammation can become self-perpetuating and can cause further damage. Inflammation is not a pathological condition in itself, but rather the body’s reaction to tissue damage. The inflammatory cells remove debris and draw healing cells to the injury site.
Physiotherapists generally use techniques that include heat therapy, cold therapy, electrical stimulation, traction, massage and acupuncture. Massage therapy is generally not recommended for inflammations. For therapists, whether to use heat or cold therapy is often a personal choice, although cold therapy seems to be more effective for acute pain.
Inflammation is not a big whack, however, it’s certainly supposed to be treated as soon as possible. Reaching out to a physiotherapist is the best approach. Our professional physiotherapists in Edmonton are well-trained and experienced to help you out of any inflammatory injuries.