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5 Signs You Need to See a Physiotherapist

Posted by Simon Bowman on March 31, 2021

When we think of physiotherapy, we instantly imagine a person who's experiencing difficulty walking or someone injured who's learning to walk without a wheelchair. While this has truth to it, you also don't need to suffer severely to get help from physiotherapy. 

If you are going through physical discomfort or any forms of pain in any part of your body, it is already a good sign that physiotherapy will benefit you.

In many cases, we underestimate physical pain and learn to live with the discomfort it brings about. Yes, we don't need to see a physiotherapist for every ache we have, but you don't have to wait until your body has adapted to the physical setback to benefit from physiotherapy's muscle focus and manipulation. 

A physiotherapist is a highly skilled and trained health professional whose specialisation is helping people with:

  • Respiratory Conditions: - Help patients who have lung diseases like cystic fibrosis, asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
  • Cardiovascular Conditions: Help patients who need rehabilitation after a heart attack.
  • Neurological Conditions: Supporting patients with Parkinson's disease, Multiple sclerosis (MS), and rehabilitation after a stroke.

Well, a physiotherapist's scope of work does not revolve around these situations only. Some other scenarios of accidents, injuries, and illnesses also warrant a physiotherapist's assistance. 

One of the most common things during initial consultations with physiotherapists is being asked the question, "How long have you had the pain?" Or "How are you managing the pain?" Often, patients recognise trauma or injury when a body is already in bad shape- ignored for so long. 

The problem is that we don't seem to know when to call for a physiotherapist's help. 

Here are four signs that you need a physiotherapist.

There are changes in your movements…

Mobility and movement change with age, but for sure, not overnight. If your movements come with pain, at onset or after some time, this suggests that something more complex than ache is going on. It could be an injury or trauma, and this needs a physiotherapist's help.

There is persistent pain that isn't subsiding…

Bodily pain is expected at some point. For example, you are suffering from neck pain because you were in a funny sleeping position the whole night. Or, you are experiencing body aches because you had a rough gym session. These neck pain and body aches should get better day after day. However, if the pain is nagging and isn't getting better even after a couple of days, this needs a physiotherapist's help. 

There is urinary incontinence…

One of the most common symptoms of a potential problem in the body is urinary incontinence. Whether it is urge, stress, or pregnancy-related, this needs a physiotherapist's help.

There is unsteadiness… 

Loss of balance or unsteadiness is concerning because this can lead to accidents. If you are suffering from loss of balance and do not have ear issues, you need a physiotherapist's help. 

A few more other signs include: 

  • Back pain with no sensation around and in the genitals.
  • Numbness or pins and needles in your legs.
  • Back pain that is radiating into both of your legs.
  • A swollen or inflamed joints. 
  • Sudden difficulty in carrying weight.

Physiotherapy's Tailored Treatment

After assessment of your signs and symptoms, a physiotherapist's help, typically, will fall into these categories:

  • Teaching
  • Movement 
  • Manual therapy

A physiotherapist will not only focus on your condition but your circumstances and lifestyle, as well. From there, a treatment plan will be personalised to fit into your activities of daily living perfectly.

A movement program will be tailored according to your range of motion, taking note of your limitations. The goal here is to improve your mobility and function while reducing pain sensations. The plan can also involve exercises to build strength and improve general mobility slowly.

On the other hand, manual therapy will involve a physiotherapist's hand manipulation to mobilise body parts. The goals are to improve joints and muscles mobility, ease pain, and improve circulation.

Reach out and ask for help! 

Physical pain is something we don't want to learn to live with. A physiotherapist will make treatment and recovery easy for you! 

If you are experiencing any of these signs and symptoms and need clarity with all these matters, or need help with treatment and recovery, you can reach out to me and we’ll talk about how we can best plan your program.

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