Physiotherapy is a form of treatment often used to restore, maintain or improve a person’s movement and physical wellbeing.
Physiotherapy helps individuals suffering with prolonged pain, reduced movement, weak bones, joints and tissues, sports injuries and other debilitating conditions. It can also be used as a practice to educate patients on improving their physical performance, avoiding injury and maintaining physical wellbeing.
Physiotherapy at the HSA:
If you or your loved one would benefit from physiotherapy, please contact a member of our Physiotherapy Team at 244-7675 or 244-2730. Our Therapy Services are located at our Bay Town House location, 36 West Bay Rd.
When is Physiotherapy needed and what conditions can it treat?
Although there are a variety of reasons as to why someone may see a physiotherapist, some of the main reasons include:
- Chronic illnesses that have affected one’s balance, mobility or motor skills, such as diabetes.
- Post-surgery: if a limb or joint was affected or operated on, movement in this area is vital to proper rehabilitation, therefore physiotherapy can assist with accelerating the healing process.
- Ageing: as we age, we experience changes in our physical movement/ease of functioning. Physiotherapy can help educate such patients on how to improve movement in the areas they are concerned with.
- Injury: physiotherapy is often used to treat those recovering from sports-related injuries to manage pain, increase mobility, and educate on avoiding injuries in the future.
Most people are familiar with physiotherapy to manage back, joint and neck pain but there are also multiple other conditions that can be effectively identified and managed with physiotherapy. These conditions and treatment options, as listed below, are all available at the Health Services Authority through our highly trained staff who provide individualized assessments and management to maximize each patient’s recovery and functional return.
Types of Physiotherapy Treatment/Rehabilitation
The goal of rehabilitation after limb loss is to ambulate successfully with the use of a prosthesis and to return to a high level of function within the community. HSA provides rehabilitation from pre-surgery through acute post-surgery, prosthetic prescription and training to community reintegration.
Lymphoedema is often the result of surgery (lymph node removal, mastectomies etc.) and radiation therapy for cancer. Other causes include trauma or infection of lymphatic system and severe venous insufficiencies. There are four Certified Lymphoedema Therapists who provide manual lymphatic drainage, compression bandages and garments and exercise prescription to manage symptoms.