Almost all individuals who have ever experienced stiffness and pain after some form of prolonged physical activity have also experienced chronic pain after some days of unaccustomed or increased physical activity. If, however, over time, you feel stiff for more extended periods, or almost all the time, it may be time to visit a physiotherapist for advice. He or she will offer you advice on what physiotherapy treatment can be best for your condition. Often physiotherapy is recommended in conjunction with drug therapy to achieve the most significant benefit.
Some of the causes of stiffness and pain are often difficult to identify, although this stiffness occurs in one body part only, such as the knees or hips. This explains why visiting a Physio Adelaide is so important – even something as seemingly harmless as inflexibility in joints can cause severe damage to the joints and surrounding muscles. A poorly educated understanding of some types of arthritis, and an unwillingness to take prescribed medication may also lead to further damage.
You will then need to find out more about the physiotherapist’s experience and qualifications. For example, did you know that a physiotherapist is required to have specific qualifications in rehabilitation? In addition to their professional qualifications, they should also hold a relevant university or college-level education, depending on the rehabilitation area they specialise in.
As well as their qualifications, a good physiotherapist will have had some exposure to sports and other similar activities, as they will need to know how their body works to support the injured body part. Being able to assess the strength and flexibility of various muscle groups is vital. They should also be able to determine a patient’s level of bone density. Not all health professionals can assess the condition of muscles in this way, which is why it is beneficial if a visit to a physio can be arranged before the physiotherapist begins treating patients.
Once the initial visit has been organised, it is time for the Physio Adelaide to assess your injury and get to the bottom of why you are experiencing pain and stiffness. They will also need to know about the severity of the injury, which will impact the potential for future treatment to be successful. For instance, an injury to the lower back can result in more extended pain for the patient. The severity of the pain will determine the possible treatment options that the physiotherapist can offer. If the pain is located in the areas typically affected by pain relievers or anti-inflammatory medication, then these should be considered first. Other treatments such as heat and ice massage may provide some temporary pain relief but will not address the underlying cause.
During the first visit, the physiotherapist will explain the physiotherapy they will use and what the patient can expect from such treatment. Patients need to understand that even minor improvements will be gradual, as the body slowly adjusts to the treatment. This process of adjustment is often referred to as the recovery period.
Among those reasons is the possibility that the injury or stiffness is not related to the muscles. This is called “pinched nerves” and can result in some conditions including tingling, numbness and even a burning sensation. There are many reasons why a person could have pinched nerves, so it is essential to discuss this with your doctor.
In addition to waiting, many patients may find that physiotherapists and athletic trainers can advise them on improving their conditioning before they begin any exercise program. They can also teach patients strategies to increase flexibility and strength without additional equipment. This is known as “Fasciitis”. Finally, many injured people may find that physiotherapists and athletic trainers are the best professionals to turn to for advice and assistance when returning to sports or everyday activity. They can provide advice and recommendations based on their experience and knowledge of rehabilitation and provide valuable feedback to the patient on their progress.
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