Frequently Asked Questions
Who benefits from Physical Rehabilitation?
Just about anyone can benefit from Rehabilitation medicine and Physiotherapy is about the healing of the human body, correcting biomechanics and increase quality of life. Physiotherapy was used by the early Greeks, the Romans and the ancient Chinese. The Physiotherapy profession began to prove itself in the early part of the 20th-century helping soldiers with traumatic injuries.
Physiotherapists have always been highly respected members of healthcare teams in the community including clinics, hospitals, and schools. This comes from the desire to help people heal. Physiotherapy is the use of physical procedures such as exercise to treat patients with diseases or injuries. It’s used to rehabilitate the body and to prevent further complications that could arise by the lack of use of a body part. Physiotherapy is also about prevention. As we age, our bodies change including our bones and muscles. Physiotherapy can include specific exercises designed to keep us as fit as possible. Physiotherapy is often used for patients with arthritis. Whether you need help with neck or back injuries, broken bones or muscle injuries, physiotherapy can help.
In the sports field, most professional sports teams have a physiotherapist to treat athletic injuries and to help with the conditioning necessary to prevent injuries. Treatment is used to make the healing process go more quickly at all stages of life. It also helps to reduce aches or pains.
Essentially, physiotherapy benefits anyone with injuries to bones, muscles or joints and can also benefit other physical problems that affect mobility and independence. So from the smallest ache or pain to major difficulties, physiotherapy will help.
Why choose ABI Promedical Rehab?
We have experienced physiotherapists who have specific skills to help maximize your recovery. By offering a range of diversified treatment options and hands-on individual care, we ensure that our clients get moving faster. Our team uses a blend of Manual Therapy in conjunction with a strengthening exercise regimen, and balance training that delivers better results than typical conventional physiotherapy programs. Our staff prides themselves in developing validated/proven treatment protocols that will provide the best value for each and every visit. We put the puzzle together for solving your chronic lower back pain. We can manage your lower back pain by addressing all the modifiable risk factors and restoring your function, so you can enjoy your active lifestyle pain-free.
Treatments Used In Rehabilitation Medicine and Physical Therapy at Our Rehabalitation Center
There are a wide variety of treatments a physiotherapist and Rehabilitation medicine specialists may use at our clinic. The treatment program depends on the type of problem and what needs to be done.
For example, a person may have lower back pain due to a bulging disc. The physiotherapy session will start with our physiotherapists asking questions and looking at how the lower back feels when the person moves in different directions. In this way, the problem can be identified. The physiotherapist will explain what the problem is and what the best-recommended treatment program is. At our clinic a treatment plan is made that best meets a person’s needs and preferences.
To ease the pain, our physiotherapists use many hands on treatments like massage, to help the lower back move easier and with less pain. They may use their hands to apply gentle pressures to the lower back to help reduce the bulge in the disc and therefore get to the root of the problem. To help pain and healing they may also use other proven methods such as ultrasound, heat, acupuncture, and gentle electrical therapy. They will also teach the person special exercises and movements to reduce pain, and heal a bulging disc.
We focus on the long term solutions for various conditions as well as short term pain relief. Patients are taught ways of easing the pain at home or at work such as using proper support for sitting and how to use the lower back at work or during sports without injuring it further. Teaching self-treatment is a very important part of our physiotherapy treatments.
As a person improves, special exercises are used to strengthen muscles and stretch tight muscles and joints. The physiotherapist is an expert in choosing the right exercises and technique for each person.
What should I bring for my treatment?
The first thing you will need when you come in for treatment at our clinic is your health record information. All patients need to check in with our receptionist by bringing their medical history, diagnostic and radio diagnostic information. Also, in order for us to effectively treat your area of injury, you should wear some loose, comfortable clothing.
What happens during my first visit?
During the first visit you can expect the following:
- We will ask you to fill out a questionnaire with the aim of better knowing your condition of health.
- You will provide us with your prescription for physical therapy.
- You will be seen for the initial evaluation by the therapist.
The therapist will discuss the following:
- Your medical history.
- Your current problems/complaints.
- Pain intensity, what aggravates and eases the problem.
- How this is impacting your daily activities or your functional limitations.
- Your goals with physical therapy.
- Medications, tests, and procedures are related to your health.
The therapist will then perform the objective evaluation which may include some of the following:
- Palpation - touching around the area of the pain/problem. This is done to check for the presence of tenderness, swelling, soft tissue integrity, tissue temperature, inflammation, etc.
- Range of Motion (ROM) - the therapist will move the joint(s) to check for the quality of movement and any restrictions.
- Muscle Testing - the therapist may check for strength and the quality of the muscle contraction. Pain and weakness may be noted. Often the muscle strength is graded. This is also part of a neurological screening.
- Neurological Screening - the therapist may check to see how the nerves are communicating with the muscles, sensing touch, pain, vibration, or temperature. Reflexes may be assessed as well.
- Special Tests - the therapist may perform special tests to confirm/rule out the presence of additional problems.
- Posture Assessment - the positions of joints relative to ideal and each other may be assessed.
The therapist will then formulate a list of problems you are having, and how to treat those problems. A plan is subsequently developed with the patient's input. This includes how many times you should see the therapist per week, how many weeks you will need therapy, home programs, patient education, short-term/long-term goals, and what is expected after discharge from therapy. This plan is created with input from you, your therapist, and your clinician.
I have a disc problem that has been diagnosed by MRI. Can I be helped by physiotherapy?
When a disc problem is diagnosed through imagery, one of the roles of the initial physiotherapy assessment is to decide if these findings correlate with the clinical picture. In an average pain free population, some people present with disc pathology on MRI. This is why it is so important to treat the clinical signs and symptoms of the patient and not the radiology finding. Disc problems present in many different ways. Some patients will have back pain only, others will have leg pain from nerve irritation and others will have both. No recipe exists for treatment and everyone's condition must be treated individually. Physiotherapy is often very helpful for patients presenting with disc problems. Only those with severe, unrelenting symptoms and with positive neurological findings that are not responding to conservative treatment may need to have surgery. There should always be a trial of conservative treatment prior to any surgical decision and physiotherapy is a very good and safe option.
How long will it take before I begin to feel better?
There is no specific amount of time that it takes for you to start feeling better. Typically, your rate of healing is dependant on many factors such as age, type of injury, length of time since the injury, initial care, diet, and overall health. However, our treatment will help to stimulate your body's own healing response to heal itself.