The Importance of physiotherapy in recovering from injury just cannot be over emphasized: the smallest injury reacts positively to physical therapy and even serious injury can heal safely and quickly without the need for any other medication of treatment.
While physiotherapy may conjure up images of joint manipulation through twisting of the limbs by the therapist into impossible positions, this is just one of the methods of healing through physiotherapy. Importance of physiotherapy in healing comes from the number of techniques available.
Popping a painkiller like Aspirin to overcome pain is useful only as long as the pain is a non-recurring one and not due to a serious injury. People suffering from back pain realize the importance of physiotherapy because it gives faster relief and facilitates the patient’s recovery through massage, easy to practice exercises and stretches, heat therapy and traction. If the patient has been bed ridden for quite some time, some or a combination of these therapies may be recommended by the therapist to remove muscle stiffness and return their suppleness and elasticity.
Low back pain is very common and most people have some experience of a back pain episode at some time of life. Attendances at physiotherapy clinics for low back pain are very high so physios have a variety of assessment and treatment techniques to manage spinal pain and improve patients’ function.
A serious medical condition such as cancer or infection is a very uncommon cause of back pain, but several medical problems can present this way and physiotherapists need to be aware of this so they can refer the patient on to the appropriate doctor. The physio will ask about past medical history (cancer, arthritis, diabetes, epilepsy), any loss of weight or appetite, bladder and bowel control, feeling unwell, sleep disturbance and worse pain when lying down to sleep.
The physio is looking for the patient to react as if they have mechanical spinal pain, a condition where normal physical stresses such as sitting or walking have a worsening or easing affect on the pain. The examination starts by observing the posture and movement of the patient during the questioning and the physio follows this by examining the spinal posture and ranges of movement. Abnormalities of posture are common and not always important, with leg length differences, a reduction or increase in the back curves and a scoliosis being common findings.