Have you often asked yourself who you should see to help you with an injury? You are not alone. Many people are in the same boat as you.
Recently, a patient sought treatment at our clinic for acute knee pain which had been bothering her for over a month.
As she was unsure of the best course of action to take, her general physician advised her to try and give it some time in hopes that the pain would pass on its own. After doing some research about how to go about treating her specific ailment (jumper's knee) and discovering our clinic online, she sought out help from a qualified physiotherapist at our practice. It took about 4 weeks for the pain to subside completely after undergoing physiotherapy treatment which included in-clinic modalities such as ultrasound and interlaminar nerve blocks along with a home exercise regimen which consisted mainly of quadriceps strengthening exercises.
Physiotherapy can treat many injuries. In this article, I will cover (5) of the most common injuries physical therapy can treat.
1. Ankle Sprains
Ligaments are strong bands of fibrous connective tissue that connect bones together. An ankle sprain occurs when a ligament has been stretched, damaged or ruptured.
The most common mechanisms of ligament sprains include twisting, tripping or when contacted by a strong force. Ankle and wrist sprains are common examples and usually happen after a slip or fall or during contact sports.
Here are a few more examples of ligament sprains. First, a tear in the lateral collateral ligament can occur from a sudden twist or turn of the knee. Second, a tear of the medial collateral ligament can occur from a severe blow to the inside of the knee.
Maintain an active lifestyle.
Stretch and exercise regularly
Enhance Ankle Movements.
Choose well-fitted and supportive footwear.
Sciatica is the presence of pain in the lower extremities of the thigh, leg, and buttock. Our lower body is supplied by a large nerve known as the sciatic nerve, which is formed from a bunch of smaller nerves leaving the spinal cord.
Once the small nerves unite, the sciatic nerve moves through the buttock, thigh and the leg to supply the region. It can get pressed against any underlying structures like bones or joints along its course through the lower body, which causes the pain in Sciatica.
Practice proper lifting techniques.
Reduce or stop cigarette smoking, which promotes disc degeneration.
Cold and heat therapy.
Keep your body moving.
3 Knee Pain
Knee pain is a common complaint that affects people of all ages. Knee pain is often associated with general wear and tear from daily activities.
It also may be the result of an injury, such as a ruptured ligament or torn cartilage. Some medical conditions such as arthritis and gout can also cause knee pain.
Maintain a healthy weight and a healthy diet.
Wear supportive, stable, well-fitted shoes.
Avoid frequent changes in your exercise.
Walk as much as you can to retain healthy movement for your knee joints.
4 Shoulder Pain
The shoulder is a complex joint with several muscles in proximity to it, making it susceptible to overuse and pain if not properly cared for.
Having good posture is very important to your health. It can even prevent injuries, especially in the case of shoulder pain. For instance, sustained poor posture like sitting at a desk will increase the length of your muscles around your shoulders making
them predisposed to injury.
If you find yourself limited in shoulder movements, go see a physiotherapist who can return you back to normal function if needed!
Maintain a healthy diet and an active lifestyle.
Exercise to strengthen your muscles.
Interrupt your sitting time by taking proper breaks.
Take a proper rest.
5 Low – Back Pain
Lower back pain is the most frequently occurring reason for pain and work absenteeism in both athletes and the general population. Daily activities such as physical exercise, work or family responsibilities frequently lead to back pain. In most cases, there is no specific diagnosis that causes lower back pain. Other causes of lower back pain include herniated discs, facet joint diseases or muscle strain
Appropriate approach for lifting techniques
Physiotherapy Treatment Can Help a Lot of Different Injuries
In this article, we’ve only scratched the surface of the different types of injuries that can be treated with physiotherapy. If you don’t exercise much, or you aren’t used to stretching, it’s always best to speak with a physiotherapist first about any injury or pain you’re experiencing.