What Does Physical Therapy Treatment Involve?
Assessment of the Problem:
Your Therapist will carry out a thorough assessment with you and establish the cause of your problem. He/she will then develop a programme which is specific to you and your underlying condition.
Treatment of the Problem
Your Therapist will work with you, using a variety of advanced hands-on manual techniques to treat your problems which often occur in the joints and soft tissues, such as: muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves and fascia. He/she will ensure continual assessment and monitoring of your presenting problem during your treatment.
Identifying the Underlying Causes
In addition to physical assessment, your Therapist will adopt a ‘big-picture approach’ taking into account any work or activity related issues which are contributing to the problem. They will also take into account social and psychological issues contributing to you physical problems.
Your Therapist will work with you to establish a suitable exercise or rehabilitation program to help restore you to full health and reduce risk of re-injury. Your therapist will also work with you to change patterns of activity which have led to the problem in the first place.
Once your Therapist has identified the underlying cause of your pain and dysfunction, he or she will then work with you to restore you to full health. He/she will help you to prevent further problems through providing further interventions, habilitation and rehabilitation, if needed.
He/she will also develop an ongoing home care programme and/or a maintenance treatment schedule to suit your needs.
Your Therapist will always provide you with sound advice and promote ways to help you avoid further injury.
Physical Therapy also involves the interaction between you and other health professionals (such as your GP) when and where this is needed.