Physiotherapists are trained professionals who help their injured patients get back to the highest possible range of movement. You may have sustained a severe injury while playing cricket or may have sprained your neck while sleeping; physiotherapists can help you in both situations.
You may need to see a physiotherapist in any of the following situations:
You are injured while playing
You live with chronic pain
If your pain persists more than a few days and affects your ability to perform day-to-day actions, you need to see a physiotherapist so he can identify your problem and come up with a treatment plan. If this is a recurring pain that occurs frequently after specific actions, then you must see a doctor immediately.
During and after pregnancy
Pregnancy and post-pregnancy, your body needs attention. Rapidly changing hormone levels can soften the ligaments which support your back and cause them to stretch. The muscles of your pelvic floor and stomach also stretch as your baby grows inside you. If your joints are not well supported during this time, you can easily injure your pelvis or back. A physiotherapist can teach you the proper techniques and exercises to support and protect your body as it goes through these changes and help you recover faster after the baby is born.
During and after surgery
Physiotherapy is essential both pre- and post-operatively. Pre-operatively, the risk of developing complications after the surgery is assessed. The physiotherapist will explain to the patient all the exercises that he/she needs to perform post-operatively. Patients who are undergoing cardiac and chest surgeries will be taught how to cough properly while supporting the wound site. Depending on the specific surgeries, patients will also be taught various leg and other exercises they will need to perform after the surgery.
Post-operatively, physiotherapy is given for four main reasons depending on the type and location of surgery performed – to prevent chest complications, to prevent thrombosis (or clots in the blood), to prevent pressure sores, and to prevent muscle wasting and joint immobility. Let me explain these reasons in detail.
You decide to start exercising or take up a new sport
If you decide to start up a new activity or sport and have a history of recurrent injury, it is good to see a physiotherapist so he can guide you slowly into your new activity. Physiotherapists are helpful even when you are not actively experiencing pain. Keeping your history in mind, they can advise you how best you can start up with the new sport or activity you have chosen.
These are just few of the instances where you need a physiotherapist. Your doctor may provide you with a physiotherapist referral in case of musculoskeletal injuries, although, you may visit a physiotherapist without a referral. For further details and appointment, contact your physiotherapist.