Physical therapy is commonly used to relieve pain, improvement movement, provide rehabilitation after a stroke, injury or surgery, assist in recovery after giving birth, assist in the recovery of sports-related injuries, teach individuals how to use devices such as walkers and canes, manage chronic illnesses like heart.
Physiotherapy rehabilitation aims to optimise patient function and well-being, to help integrate that patient back into their chosen lifestyle activities whether at home, work or leisure. Rehabilitation should focus on changes to functional disability and lifestyle restrictions based on the patient’s own goals for functional improvement.
Rehabilitation can be used for recovery from injury or disease and also for the management of long-term conditions (e.g. Parkinsons and MS).
Rehabilitation should start as soon as possible to speed recovery. The programs that combine many different components are likely to be most effective.
19 minutes of additional exercise a day in an acute or rehabilitation setting is all that is required to achieve:
- improved mobility and activity levels
- shorter length of stay in hospital
- significantly improved quality of life
The goal of rehabilitation therapy varies from person to person. “We ask every patient what their goals for rehabilitation are and develop a plan.”
- Special exercises and stretches designed to relieve pain, improve mobility or regain strength
- Massage, heat or cold therapy or ultrasound to ease muscle pain and spasms
- Rehab and exercises to help you learn to use an artificial limb
- Practicing with gadgets that assist in movement or balance, such as canes, crutches, walkers or wheelchairs
- Balance and gait retraining
- Pain management
- Cardiovascular strengthening
- Casting, splinting, burn care or use of orthotics (braces or splints)