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Physiotherapy (PT)

Physiotherapy helps restore movement and function in the body. It is perfect for those who have been bed-bound for a substantial period.

 

Studies show that patients in ICU for a significant amount of time can lose up to 2% of muscle mass per day. Physiotherapy will help you learn how to walk again, regain movement in your limbs, improve your balance and gait, and get back physical skills you may have lost.

Physiotherapy, also known as physical therapy, plays a crucial role in the rehabilitation and management of neurological injuries. Neurological injuries can be caused by various conditions such as stroke, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson's disease.

  • Improved Mobility and Functionality: Physiotherapists work with patients to improve their mobility, balance, and coordination, which neurological injuries can severely impact. Physiotherapy helps individuals regain independence in their daily activities.

 

  • Pain Management: - Neurological injuries can often lead to chronic pain. Physiotherapists can employ manual therapy, modalities (e.g., heat or cold therapy), and therapeutic exercises to alleviate pain and discomfort.

 

  • Muscle Strengthening: - Physiotherapy helps strengthen weakened muscles, which is especially important for individuals with conditions like spinal cord injury or stroke, where muscle atrophy can occur.

 

  • Gait Training: -  Individuals with neurological injuries may have difficulty walking or need to relearn how to walk. Physiotherapists can provide gait training to improve walking patterns and prevent falls.

  • Balance and Coordination: - Neurological injuries can affect balance and coordination. Physiotherapy programs often include exercises to enhance these skills and reduce the risk of falls.

 

  • Neuromuscular Reeducation: Physiotherapists use specialised techniques to retrain the nervous system and muscles to work together effectively, facilitating more controlled movements.

 

  • Improved Quality of Life: Physiotherapy can enhance the quality of life for individuals with neurological injuries by addressing mobility limitations and improving overall physical function.

 

  • Adaptation and Assistive Devices: Physiotherapists can recommend and train individuals to use assistive devices like wheelchairs, walkers, or braces to help them navigate their environment more effectively.

 

  • Education and Coping StrategiesPhysiotherapists educate patients and their families about the specific condition, potential complications, and strategies for managing daily life.

 

  • Emotional SupportCoping with neurological injuries can be emotionally challenging. Physiotherapists often provide emotional support and motivation to help patients stay engaged in their rehabilitation.

  • Long-term Maintenance: Ongoing physiotherapy can help individuals maintain their physical function and manage symptoms of chronic neurological conditions.

 

It's important to note that physiotherapy for neurological injuries is highly individualised. Treatment plans are tailored to the specific needs and goals of each patient. A multidisciplinary approach involving physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, and other healthcare professionals is often necessary to provide comprehensive care for individuals with neurological injuries.

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