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7 Most Common Medical Conditions That Can Be Treated By Physiotherapy

June 23, 2020
physiotherapist performing physiotherapy exercise with an elderly man

 

Physiotherapy is a method of treatment that helps people recover from injuries, restore mobility, and function. Certain medical conditions, covered in this blog, can be treated by physiotherapy.

It entails a number of techniques, such as massage and manipulation, which ease the tension in a patient’s muscles and bones, making movement easier.

There are various approaches to perform physiotherapy; some focus on particular parts of the body while others focus on the entire body.

Regardless of the approach an expert uses to help a patient, it always yields results. With that said, physiotherapy is only effective for treating some particular medical conditions.

Here are the 7 most common medical conditions that can be treated by physiotherapy:

Achilles Tendonitis

One of the most common injuries to the Achilles tendon located above the back heel is Achilles Tendonitis. Symptoms of the condition include inflammation, pain, difficulty in walking, and occasional rupture.

Achilles tendonitis is diagnosed clinically, and treatment includes physiotherapy, medication to manage pain, and limiting aggravating activity.

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis or Lou Gehrig’s Disease is a neuromuscular disease characterized by the death of motor neurons in the upper part of the brain and spinal cord. When the nerve cells stop sending signals to the muscles, they start to waste away immobilizing the patient. According to Hopkins Medicine, ALS affects 30,000 people in America, with 5000 new cases diagnosed each year.

Although ALS cannot be cured with physiotherapy, it can be managed.

Arthritis

According to the CDC, one of the most common ailments of the joints, arthritis, affects 22.7% of the adult population. Several conditions and injuries can cause arthritis. Although the severity of symptoms can vary from person to person, most people with arthritis do not experience excruciating pain or stiffness.

Physiotherapy is extremely effective at relieving the discomfort caused by arthritis.

Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy is a common movement disorder that typically affects children. It occurs due to abnormal cell division in the brain in early childhood. Symptoms of cerebral palsy include lack of coordination, weak muscles, and tremors. Some kids may also experience some form of sensory loss.

Physiotherapy is used to improve muscle health in patients with cerebral palsy.

Fractures and Dislocations

Fractures can be tremendously painful and require a lot of time to heal. However, with physiotherapy, the recovery process can be sped up post-fracture.

Unlike fractures, dislocations do not require extended recovery time, but they can affect a person’s mobility, which can be restored with physiotherapy.

Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s is a progressive disorder that is caused by nerve malfunction. It is characterized by tremors, uncontrolled movements, muscle stiffness, and slow movement. Symptoms of Parkinson’s can be managed with regular physiotherapy.

Tennis and Golfer’s Elbow

Tennis and Golfer’s elbow are common inflammatory conditions characterized by the inflammation of tendons inside and outside the elbow. They can be pretty painful and worsen without treatment. So, physiotherapy can rapidly ease symptoms of the said conditions and aids movement.

To wrap it up, these 7 medical conditions mentioned can be treated by physiotherapy to help with a smooth recovery.

However, physiotherapy only yields results when it’s performed regularly. You cannot expect relief for any physical malady without being consistent with the procedure.

 

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