What is physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy helps individuals restore, maintain and maximise their strength, function, movement, and overall well-being.
It is mostly prescribed to rehabilitate a patient following musculoskeletal and orthopaedic injury, arthritis, burns, cancer, cardiac disease, cervical/lumbar dysfunction, pulmonary disease and in post-op procedures such as amputations and joint replacements.
A rehabilitation programme is customised and designed to facilitate the recovery process by restoring function through the use of muscles, bones and the nervous system. Physiotherapy seeks to relieve pain, improve strength and mobility, and train the patient to perform important everyday tasks.
Who needs physiotherapy?
There is a common misconception that only elderly people or those who have sustained serious injury attend physical therapy.
However, our sleep posture, how long we sit in front of a computer, and the amount of physical activity we do can cause strain on our bodies and lead to injury.
Seeing a physical therapist can be beneficial if you struggle with flexibility, have suffered a minor or major injury, have arthritis, respiratory or balance issues.
Both acute injury victims and those recovering from surgery can also benefit greatly from physiotherapy.
What are acute injuries?
Acute injuries can happen during sudden movement, such as when a person receives a blow, falls or twists a joint. Examples of common acute injuries include sprains and dislocations. Based on individualised assessments, the main goal of physiotherapy is to decrease pain, swelling and disability. The physiotherapist may need to restrict your range of motion by using a brace or taping or may mobilise the area using manual therapy techniques.
Types of acute injury:
Knee injuries, like ACL and meniscus tears
Muscle sprains and strains
Rotator cuff tears
Signs and symptoms of acute injury include:
- Extreme tenderness on the injured area
- Headache or dizziness, neck pain & stiffness, tenderness, tingling or numbness in the arms (whiplash injury)
- Injured arm or leg that won’t support the weight
- No range of motion in a joint
- Deformity in broken bone
- Sudden severe pain
What is post-operative rehabilitation?
Post-operative rehabilitation is the treatment you receive following a surgical procedure. You will be guided through various stages of healing, from early care to undertaking normal activities of daily living.
Surgeries that require post-operative rehabilitation:
- Orthopaedic surgery such as bone, joint and muscle repairs, reconstructions and replacements. Rehabilitation helps in dealing with pain, weaker muscles, bad posture, balance, and swelling.
- Abdominal surgery is related to the lung, liver, gastrointestinal system and other organs. Rehab helps with breathing, mobility, pain, and continence.
- Spinal and neurological surgery such as spinal fusions, disc repairs and replacements, brain surgery and other procedures. Rehab helps with the shortening of muscles, loss of sensation, difficulties breathing, weakness, and reduced mobility.
What are the benefits of post-operative rehabilitation?
- Improved posture
- Reduces anxiety experienced and help builds confidence
- Clears any secretions, prevents chest infections and improves lung volumes
- Effective management of pain
- Helps stretch muscles that may have become stiff
What are the services available for physiotherapy at REHABCENTRIC?
- High-Intensity Laser (HIL) Therapy
- Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES)
- Shortwave Diathermy
- Ultrasound Therapy
- Interferential Therapy
- Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS)
- Cervical/Lumbar Traction
- Infra-red Therapy
- Wax Therapy
- Radio Frequency (INDIBA) combined therapy
- Steam Inhalation
- Chest Physiotherapy/Postural Drainage & Suction
- Cardiac Rehab
- Vestibular Rehabilitation
- Ante-natal / Post natal
- Geriatric Rehabilitation – ‘JOY’ Club
- Sports Rehabilitation
- Paediatric Physiotherapy - for conditions such as Cerebral Palsy, Erb’s Palsy, Down’s Syndrome, Developmental Delay, Torticollis and more.
At REHABCENTRIC based in Ara Damansara Medical Centre (ADMC), you will be taken care of by experienced rehabilitation professionals that put your comfort and recovery first. You will be guided through a tailored treatment plan throughout the entire treatment process.