Physiotherapy is a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialty that remediates
impairments and Promotes mobility, function, and Quality of Life
through examination, diagnosis, prognosis, and physical intervention (therapy using
mechanical force and movements).
Physiotherapy for Orthopedic conditions:
Orthopedic therapists are trained in the treatment of joint pain, post-operative
orthopedic procedures, fractures, acute sports injuries, arthritis, sprains, strains,
back and neck pain, spinal conditions, and amputations.
Pain management throughJoint and spine mobilization/manipulation, dry needling (similar
to acupuncture), therapeutic exercise, neuromuscular techniques, muscle reeducation,
hot/cold packs, and electrical muscle stimulation (e.g., cryotherapy,,electrotherapy)
are modalities employed to expedite recovery in the orthopedic setting.
Physiotherapy for Neurological conditions:
Neurological physical therapy is a field focused on working with individuals who
have a neurological disorder or disease. These can include stroke, alzheimer's disease,
multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, facial palsy and spinal cord injury. Common
impairments associated with neurologic conditions include impairments of vision,
balance, ambulation, activities of daily living, movement, muscle strength and loss
of functional independence.
Physiotherapy for Women:
Women's health physical therapy mostly addresses women's issues related to the female
reproductive system, child birth, and post-partum. These conditions include lymphedema,
osteoporosis, pelvic pain, prenatal and post partum periods, and urinary incontinence.
Manual physical therapy has been demonstrated in multiple studies to increase rates
of conception in women with infertility.
Physiotherapy for Children (Pediatric):
These therapists are specialized in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of
infants, children, and adolescents with a variety of congenital, developmental,
neuromuscular,orskeletal diseases like cerebral palsy, developmental delay, muscular
Treatments focus mainly on improving gross and fine motor skills, balance and coordination,
strength and endurance as well as cognitive and sensory processing/integration.
Cardiovascular & pulmonary physiotherapy:
Primary goals of this specialty include increasing endurance and functional independence.
Manual therapy is used in this field to assist in clearing lung secretions experienced
with cystic fibrosis. Pulminary disorders, heart attacks, post coronary bypass surgery,
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and pulmonary fibrosis.
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