If you think that physiotherapy is a treatment for just elite athletes, then the answer is NO. It isn’t a treatment reserved only for elite athletes, or even for those recovering from an injury. Actually, it can be used to improve your health in several surprising ways says Dr. Varis from the Impact Doctors Hub. Signs that you might need physiotherapy are explained by Delhi and Gurugram’s top and most trusted physiotherapist Dr Saed Varis.
You have lost your balance
Loss of balance could be a result of issues with your inner ear. The structures inside your ear are an important part of your body’s balance system (known as the vestibular system). Any conditions or problems that impact the inner ear can leave you feeling a variety of symptoms like dizziness, vertigo, and balance disturbance which could be extremely difficult to live with. A physiotherapy treatment known as vestibular rehabilitation could be used to overcome these symptoms. After assessing your specific requirement a physiotherapist can design a series of head, neck, and eye exercises to support and retrain your central nervous system to compensate for the inner ear problems. Vestibular rehabilitation could be used both as an alternative to surgery and an extension of surgery for inner ear conditions.
You are in continuous pain
When you suffer an injury you would expect to feel a specific amount of pain which will normally settle as the tissue heals. If you have ever sprained an ankle, for instance, you would expect it to hurt and for you to limp for a few weeks, perhaps. As the ligaments heal the pain will decrease until you were back to normal. But at times the pain does not settle as expected and becomes chronic. This is specifically, common with lower back and neck pain and could be attributed to multiple factors.
Physiotherapists can work with you to analyze the issue and give a targeted exercise and rehabilitation program that will ease your suffering and help you get you back to your best. Treatments for pain could include pain education, massage, manipulation and exercises to assist you support your damaged body part better and prevent the injury from occurring again.
You get pain at your desk
It is common to feel pain while sitting at your desk all day. This can manifest in the form of backache or headache for instance. Human bodies love movement and staying in one posture for too long could mean that the muscles and joints can begin to strain, causing pain. Consistent breaks from the desk, even if it is simply to stand and stretch or move your neck, upper back, and arms could be really helpful.
You must also make sure that your desk is set up properly. Take a look at our physiotherapist’s guide to a good posture at work and talk to your office’s HR representative or line manager about getting an individual desk assessment that might take into account your specific needs.
You are not moving as comfortably as you used to
If you have noticed that you do not feel as flexible or movement is not as easy as it used to be – you cannot touch your toes anymore, for instance – then you might benefit from seeing a physiotherapist. Physiotherapists could assess the issue and provide a series of exercises to boost the supporting tissues and relax the muscles letting you slowly increase your flexibility.
You have started to urinate without any control
Urinary incontinence (the uncontrolled passing of urine) is quite common. There are two major types of urinary incontinence: stress and urge incontinence. Stress incontinence occurs when your bladder is under pressure, for example when you cough or sneeze. Urge incontinence is when urine leaks as you feel a sudden, intense urge to pass it, or soon afterwards. Several people suffer from a combination of both.
Pelvic floor exercises could support improve the condition, specifically, for stress incontinence sufferers. Take to a physiotherapist and get in touch with one of our physiotherapists at the Impact Doctors Hub for individual support. If urinary incontinence has occurred suddenly, is uncharacteristic, and specifically, if you are suffering spinal or nerve leg pain you must see a doctor immediately to rule out the potential of any more serious conditions.
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).