What is Physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy is a clinical health science and not an alternative therapy. Physiotherapists study medical science subjects which include anatomy, physiology and neurology, this provides the education required to assess, diagnose, treat, rehabilitate and help prevent physical problems that occur within patients.
According to the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP, UK)
What do Physiotherapists do?
Physiotherapists use their training, expertise and clinical judgement to assess and treat a wide range of physical problems which can be linked to different systems of the body, this includes:
- Musculoskeletal System – bones, muscles, cartilage, tendons, ligaments, joints
- Neuromuscular System – nerves, neuromuscular transmission, transfer of information
- Cardiovascular System – Circulatory system
- Respiratory System – lungs, nose, throat, trachea, bronchi.
Physiotherapists work autonomously, usually as part of a team of other health professionals, such as doctors, nurses, surgeons, occupational therapists to name but a few.
What is the aim of Physiotherapy?
General aims of physiotherapy are to…
- Relieve pain
- Improve mobility
- Restore normal function / ability
- Limit future injury or predisposition to injury
- Prevent permanent disability
- Improve patients quality of life
What can I expect from my physiotherapy session?
Your physiotherapist will need to begin by asking you a number of questions regarding your injury and any previous or current medical history that is deemed appropriate. This will enable them to have a greater understanding of your issue.
Once a history has been taken the physiotherapist will then need to progress to a physical examination, which will involve looking at the problem area and performing some movements / tests with you in order to determine a diagnosis.
Once a diagnosis has been established your physiotherapist will then explain and discuss with you potential treatments for your condition. Treatment can then commence and the physiotherapist will use objective measures which will be recorded in your notes to keep a objective repeatable, measure of your progress throughout treatment.