Physiotherapy works to restore function and movement following illness, injury or disability. This discipline is used to treat a wide range of specialist areas including orthopaedics and trauma, intensive care, respiratory condition, neurological conditions, musculoskeletal conditions including sports injuries, care of the elderly and paediatrics (children). A Physio. (Physiotherapist) will work closely as part of a wider multidisciplinary team, and will heavily involve the patients in their care. The field of veterinary physiotherapy uses these same principles in the treatment of animals.
Physiotherapy can be helpful in treating a number of common conditions including:
- Muscle and ligament sprains and strains
- Joint condition including swelling and stiffness
- Low back pain
- Post operative rehabilitation
- Respiratory conditions such as COPD and bronchiectasis
- Sports injuries
Treatment techniques include joint mobilisations, electrotherapy, soft tissue techniques, patient specific exercise plans, taping and gait re-education.