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When To Consider Physiotherapy Treatment: A Comprehensive Guide

Updated: May 31

Physiotherapy, also known as physical therapy, is a healthcare profession dedicated to enhancing and restoring functional ability and quality of life to those with physical impairments or disabilities. But how do you know when it’s the right time to seek the expertise of a physiotherapist? Here’s a comprehensive guide to help you understand when to consider physiotherapy services.


physical therapist providing manual therapy to the back

1. After an Injury


Injuries, whether from sports, accidents, or everyday activities, can significantly impact your ability to move and function. Common injuries that benefit from physiotherapy include:


-Sprains and Strains: These involve ligaments and muscles/tendons, respectively. Physiotherapists can design rehabilitation programs to restore strength and flexibility.

-Fractures: post-cast removal, physiotherapy helps regain mobility and strength.

-Dislocations: Therapy helps in stabilizing the joint and preventing future dislocations.

-Soft Tissue Injuries: Conditions like tendinitis or bursitis require targeted exercises and treatments to heal effectively.

-Concussions: physiotherapy can help guide your recovery through progressed movement/exercise and manual therapy techniques and modalities.


2. Post-Surgery Recovery


After surgery, especially orthopaedic surgeries like joint replacements, ligament repairs, or spinal surgeries, physiotherapy is crucial. It helps in:


- Reducing Pain and Swelling:  Through manual therapy, modalities, and specific exercises.

-Restoring Mobility and Function: Structured exercise programs gradually improve movement and strength.

-Preventing Complications: Such as stiffness, muscle atrophy, and blood clots.


3. Chronic Pain Management


Chronic pain, lasting longer than six months, can be debilitating. Physiotherapy can assist in managing conditions such as (not an exhaustive list, just a few examples):


-Arthritis: Individualized exercises can help to reduce pain and improve joint function.

-Fibromyalgia: techniques like gentle stretching, aerobic conditioning, and aquatic therapy can help.

-Chronic Back Pain: strategies such as strengthening, and movement/pain education can help manage pain.


4. Neurological Conditions


For conditions affecting the nervous system, physiotherapy plays a vital role in improving quality of life. These conditions include:


-Stroke: Rehabilitation focuses on regaining motor skills and improving balance and coordination.

-Multiple Sclerosis: Exercise programs help maintain strength and mobility.

-Parkinson’s Disease: Therapy can improve gait, flexibility, and overall physical function.


5. Respiratory Issues


Physiotherapy isn’t limited to musculoskeletal issues. It also assists with respiratory conditions:


-Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD): Breathing exercises and techniques help improve lung function.

-Cystic Fibrosis: Chest physiotherapy helps clear mucus from the lungs.

-Asthma: Breath retraining and guided aerobic training can help manage symptoms and improve breathing efficiency.


6. Preventative Care and Wellness


Physiotherapy isn’t only for treating existing conditions. It’s also beneficial for:


-Injury Prevention: Through strength training, flexibility/mobility exercises, and education on proper body mechanics.

-Improving Athletic Performance: Sport-specific training programs can enhance performance and help to reduce injury risk.

-General Fitness and Mobility: Especially for older adults to maintain independence and reduce fall risk.


7.  Workday & Ergonomic Issues


Many people suffer from pain and or discomfort due to maintaining the same position(s) for long periods of time, repetitive motions, and or unideal workstation set up/task execution. Physiotherapists can:


-Assess frequently held positions (like sitting at a computer desk) and/or frequent movements (such as repetitive lifting): and provide corrective exercises and or training plans.

-Advise on Ergonomics: To improve workstation setup and help reduce strain injuries.

-Treat Related Pain: Through manual therapy and specific exercises or training plans.


8. Efficient Recovery & Support

Maybe you have an event coming up where you’d like to be at your best, or simply want some guidance and support along the way, teaming up with a physiotherapist can be helpful by removing some of the trial-and-error process one might go through alone.



We hope this has helped you see the diverse application of physiotherapy services and guide you in your decision making for giving treatment a try or not! If you’re still left with questions, please do not hesitate to contact us to see if physiotherapy at Leading Edge would be a good fit for you at this time.

Get in touch with a Physiotherapist at Leading Edge Physiotherapy Centre Inc. to schedule a consultation today!

Find us at:

31 Mcbrine Drive-Suite 7

Kitchener, On, N2R 1J1


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