Aches and Pains That Scream an Urgent Visit to a Physiotherapist
Physiotherapy may be associated with disabled people, seniors, and those with injuries or recovering from one, but it is actually helpful in maintaining health for people of all ages.
A study published in AFP (Australian Family Physician) showed that many health conditions that are checked by GPs are referred to physiotherapy.
- Almost 80% of musculoskeletal problems
- 5.07% of neurological concerns
- Almost 5% of general & unspecified conditions
- Nearly 3% of skin issues
- 1.43% of urological problems
Even social problems are referred to a physiotherapist, although the percentage is low.
For some, physical therapy is crucial. For others, it is a choice.
In some cases, it is a need that has to be addressed the earliest time possible.
What are the signs that you need physiotherapy ASAP?
When you experience recurring pain
Injuries and other body aches often go away after a few weeks and some medication. Pain brought on by a sprained ankle, for example, will ease up after an affected ligament starts to heal.
However, if the pain recurs after a period of time, it becomes chronic, which can hamper you in many ways. Persistent back pain, for example, can cause stress which can lead to other health conditions.
Before it’s too late, it is important to see a certified physiotherapist and get down to the root of the problem. They will perform a thorough examination and recommend a rehabilitation program appropriate for you.
What is great about physical therapy is that most treatments are designed to resolve your problem permanently.
When you experience pain after sitting at your desk for long periods
Your body is designed for movement, which is why it’s not a surprise that you will experience pain when you remain seated for extended periods of time. Since you remain in one posture when sitting at your desk, you may experience cramps of the joints and muscles, headaches, and backaches.
Although these problems can be remedied by taking regular breaks and keeping the body in motion and active, a physical therapist can help you adapt better work habits in terms of proper posture.
Physiotherapy services that include job task and environmental analysis are exactly what you need to make the pain go away.
When old injuries re-assert themselves
If an old injury flares up as a result of certain activities, you should have yourself checked by a physiotherapist. They, more than anyone else, have the skills and knowledge on how to address physical problems old or new. Even conditions that have built-up over time is right up their alley. So why suffer when you can spare yourself from the pain?
When you have balance problems
Are you experiencing symptoms like dizziness, vertigo, and lack of balance? It is possible that there are issues in your inner ear, which houses structures that are vital to maintaining your body’s balance.
There is a physiotherapy treatment that will make the symptoms go away. But a therapist can only recommend it after a thorough examination. In most cases, your treatment plan will include a string of exercises that will reconfigure your nervous system.
When you experience urinary incontinence
As you age, urinating in an uncontrollable manner will become a bigger problem, especially in women. If this happens to you, it can be one of two things – urge incontinence or stress incontinence. The former refers to an intense need to urinate causing leakage, while the latter refers to sneezing and coughing that place stress on the bladder.
Although this condition increases with age, seniors don’t need to suffer in silence. A physiotherapist can recommend pelvic floor exercises to help with the problem. This explains why physical therapy is essential in aged care facilities.
When you are affected by neurological disorders
Did you recently have a stroke that caused mobility and flexibility problems? Physiotherapy is what you need to help you learn the skills you lost. The work may be extensive, but it is better than nothing. A physical therapist will provide tools and exercise that can help with your condition. They are also responsible for identifying how much stress you can take while performing your treatments.
With almost 4,000 physiotherapy businesses operating in Australia in 2010, according to the Australia Bureau of Statistics, you don’t have an excuse not to see one when the need arises, urgent or otherwise.
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