Do You Need Physiotherapy?

Often we live with the little aches and pains that afflict us during our normal routines each day.  Minor back pain, knee strains and other issues we tend to treat with over the counter medications. If the problem persists, sometimes we might seek medical attention but more often than not we go on with our day and ignore the issue. When we finally do go to our doctor we are faced with another option; visiting a physiotherapist. Although not all aches and pains will require a physiotherapist here are some reasons why you may need one:

You are injured while playing or working

As an active person you understand the need to be able to move without pain or discomfort. While being active is a good thing, it can also lead to unexpected injury.  You need expert advice from a physiotherapist to give yourself a chance at recovery and get back to the state you were in before you were injured.

During and after pregnancy

Your body needs attention during and after pregnancy.  Changing hormone levels can soften the ligaments which support your back and cause them to stretch. Your pelvic floor and stomach muscles also stretch during pregnancy. Your joints are also at risk if they are not well supported. A physiotherapist can show you techniques and exercises that will help support and protect your body as it goes through the changes experienced in pregnancy.

Chronic Pain

If you have pain that lasts more than a few days and it affects your ability to perform routine daily tasks, you need to see a physiotherapist. The physiotherapist will identify your problem and develop a treatment plan.

During and After Surgery

Prior to surgery your risk of developing complications after the surgery is assessed. A physiotherapist will explain all the exercises needed to perform after the surgery. Cardiac and chest surgery patients are taught how to cough properly while supporting the wound site. After surgery physiotherapy is given for four main reasons; to prevent chest complications, to prevent thrombosis (or clots in the blood), to prevent pressure sores and to prevent muscle wasting and joint immobility.

Chronic conditions or Neurological disease

Physiotherapy is used for conditions that severely affect the patient’s movements. Physiotherapy does not heal the disease or slow down the disease process.  However it does improve the quality of life and help the patient become more independent.

Deciding to start exercise or take up a new sport

If you have a history of a recurrent injury and decide to take up a new activity it’s important to see a physiotherapist so they can guide you slowly into your new activity. They can advise you how best to start up with the new activity or sport you have chosen.

Burlington Sports Therapy is experienced and knowledgeable to give you the treatment you need, when you need it. Having access to our physiotherapy services is one of the best ways to speed up your recovery and get your body back to normal.