The purpose of Physiotherapy is to restore movement and function when someone is affected by injury, illness or disability.
Physiotherapy is a degree based, regulated profession and to ensure you are being treated by a qualified person, there is a register of Chartered Physiotherapists all of whom are fully trained. Physiotherapists help to maintain health and to manage pain by manual therapy. They help to facilitate recovery following injury to joints, ligaments, nerves, muscles and tendons.
In many cases Physiotherapy may be all that is required to restore function and return an injured joint to full mobility. However Physiotherapists may sometimes work alongside Orthopaedic Surgeons, Sports Physicians and other doctors. They assist in preparing patients for surgery and in the post-operative rehabilitation both in the inpatient and outpatient setting.
There is a long list of methods of assessment and treatment that are used by Physiotherapists including biomechanical
assessment, joint mobilisation and manipulation, soft tissue massage, exercises including muscle toning and development, stretching of tight tissues, electrotherapy, ultrasound treatment and hydrotherapy.
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