Physiotherapy, also known as physical therapy, aims to restore, maintain, or promote physical health. Physiotherapists help all kinds of people—from everyday workers to elite athletes—heal from a broad range of injuries.
For example, a physiotherapist may create an exercise plan to help a patient recover from recent surgery or help an athlete prevent injury.
In this article, we’ll walk you through five of the most common injuries treatable by physiotherapy.
- ACL injuries
The ACL, or anterior cruciate ligament, is tissue connecting a person’s thighbone to their shinbone. An ACL tear is a common injury and often results from falls during football, skiing, football, basketball, and other high-impact sports.
ACL injuries can cause knee swelling, instability, and severe pain. If you suffer an ACL tear, you’ll probably need to undergo a knee reconstruction followed by months of rehabilitation.
Physiotherapists are highly trained in the rehabilitation process and can help you heal from your ACL injury faster.
While headaches can have seemingly endless causes—ranging from dehydration to stress—they are often associated with neck strain.
A physiotherapist can help identify the cause of your headaches, and if neck pain is the issue, can treat the problem at the source. They can also provide advice on how to reduce the frequency of your headaches.
- Back pain
Many Australians spend five days a week sitting in front of a computer screen. We’re now seeing back pain take over the country at almost epidemic levels!
Thankfully, you may be able to tackle your back pain by improving your posture or strengthening your core. A licensed physiotherapist can put together a plan for you to help you recover safely and rapidly while avoiding future recurrences.
Sciatica typically occurs when a herniated bone spur or disc in the spine presses against the sciatic nerve, resulting in serious pain.
If you suffer from sciatica, you may feel the pain radiating down one or both of your legs. This pain can stop you from enjoying normal daily activities or getting regular exercise.
Through physical therapy, you can learn how to strengthen the tissue in your lower back, spine, pelvis, buttocks, and thighs. Strengthening these tissues will help improve your mobility, restore function in your lumbar spine, and encourage faster healing.
Many Australians suffer from debilitating arthritis, especially older adults. Symptoms include pain, stiffness, swelling, and redness in the joints. If you live with arthritis, you may also experience a reduced range of motion, muscle weakness, and trouble walking.
Through physiotherapy, you can:
- Increase mobility in your affected joints
- Increase strength to better support the joints
- Maintain your overall fitness
- Preserve your ability to perform everyday activities
To help you achieve these goals, your physical therapist will teach you proper posture, show you how to use your assistive devices (such as canes and walkers), and recommend appropriate treatment options.Conclusion
Through physiotherapy, millions of Australians are regaining their ability to live a normal, healthy life. If you suffer from headaches, sporting injuries, back pain, arthritis, or sciatica, an experienced physical therapist can help you heal safely.