Physical Therapy is often described as rehabilitation. It is a multi-faceted profession whose aim is to encourage and support the return to normal following illness, surgery, disease or trauma. So whether your problem is a sprained ankle, back pain, a stroke, chest problems, women\'s health, injury at work or many other different conditions, there will be a physiotherapist to help you get better. They often work with OT, Speech Therapists, Respiratory Therapist and other medical professionals.
Physical Therapists treat the following complaints:
- Spinal problems - including prolapsed discs, degeneration, sciatica, lumbago, stiff/painful neck and referred arm and leg pains
- Joint problems - arthritis, injury, pain and swelling, stiffness in joints
- Injuries - to muscles ligaments, cartilage and tendons. Work related conditions such as repetitive strain injury (RSI) and sports injuries
- After surgery - rehabilitation after orthopaedic surgery e.g.. Hip and knee replacements or general physiotherapy after general surgery
- Fractures - treatment to increase the healing rate and gain full function once the bones have healed
- Neurological problems - brought by stroke, Parkinson\'s and the like, to improve balance, posture and gait
Physical therapists will not only treat the problem but by spending time with the patient will often be able to show the patient how to minimize the impact of their problem and to help prevent the problem happening again.
Physical therapists use a number of different techniques including manipulation and soft tissue / joint mobilization, hydrotherapy, exercise programs, electrotherapy (e.g. Ultrasound), cold laser, Super-Luminous Diodes (S.L.D\'s) and home exercise programs education.