There is a huge rise in the demand for physiotherapy as patients have been experiencing constant positive outcomes from it. Though you are all familiar with physiotherapy, most of us might have availed the service for ourselves or any of our loved ones. Physiotherapy is used to treat a wide array of health issues, related to Old age problems, Neurological Conditions, Women’s Health Conditions, Musculoskeletal Conditions, or any form of Sports-related Injuries.
Most of us have a usual idea of what physiotherapy is, but you must have seen that we sometimes assume something about any field that is actually not real says physiotherapist Dr Saed Varis. The same thing applies to physiotherapy too. Here are certain facts and myths about physiotherapy that you need to know. In this blog, Dr Saed Varis, Delhi and Gurgaon’s top physiotherapist explain several myths and misconceptions that prevent people from getting physiotherapy treatment.
Myth 1: Physiotherapy is solely for sports injuries Fact: Several people think that physiotherapists treat just sports injuries or are involved with sports teams or players. Whereas, physiotherapy can be used to treat a diverse group of people suffering from several illnesses such as neurological, pediatric, geriatric, and musculoskeletal conditions.
Myth 2: Patients require a referral to see a physiotherapist Fact: This is not at all true. Physiotherapists are well-trained professionals who can determine whether a patient needs medical attention or else needs only physiotherapy treatment. A physiotherapist, for instance, accesses, and diagnose the patient and plan a treatment protocol. Thereby, the patient can seek physiotherapy treatment without consulting a doctor also.
Myth 3: Physiotherapists cannot make a diagnosis Fact: Physiotherapists diagnose illness at quite an initial stage. They check for sensation, muscle imbalances, bone problems, postural problems, and various other conditions by using manual diagnostic tests. And therefore are well-trained to diagnose a condition.
Myth 4: Physiotherapy is a part of orthopaedics Fact: This is one of the biggest misconceptions that people have about physiotherapy, which is not correct. Physiotherapy plays an important role in orthopedics but this does not make it a part of orthopedics. Physiotherapists can treat all sorts of patients including Orthopaedic, Neurology, Cardiovascular, Pediatrics, Geriatrics, and several others.
Myth 5: Physiotherapist just gives exercises Fact: Exercise can make a major component of a physiotherapy treatment plan. But, exercises are not the sole treatment a physiotherapist renders, there are several other forms of techniques used to form personalized treatment plans. These may include electrotherapy (TENS, shockwave therapy, ultrasound therapy), manual therapy such as (joint mobilizations, deep tissue massage, trigger point release), taping, acupuncture, postural education, postural advice, and many other forms.
HOD, CK Birla Hospital (Physiotherapy), India’s Leading Physiotherapist
Dr Saed Varis is an eminent physiotherapist in India with vast experience in treating post-operative orthopaedic conditions like TKR, THR, ACLR, HTO, etc. He has vast experience treating conditions like PA shoulder (Frozen Shoulder), Bankart Lesion, Knee Pain, Bursitis, Tennis Elbow, Golfers Elbow, Wrist Pain, Ankle Pain, Ligament Injuries, and many other musculoskeletal conditions.
Gurgaon’s Top Physiotherapist Dr Saed Varis, says, because of ageing, or due to a serious injury, certain individuals might start suffering from joint issues that restrict them from performing daily activities. One of the most common among them is knee osteoarthritis, which is an outcome of old age. Other knee diseases caused due to inflammation and injury are rheumatoid arthritis and post-traumatic arthritis, respectively. Serious knee diseases make normal activities such as walking, sitting, climbing stairs, lifting heavy objects, or standing for a prolonged duration of time very difficult. If medicines cannot show significant improvement in the knees, then the patients are suggested to go for a total knee replacement surgery (TKR).