Physical Therapy Questions and Answers
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Physical therapy is an important part of the body’s healing process. After a debilitating accident or injury, the body needs to relearn some basic functions, like walking or proper range of motion. With physical therapy, these things are made possible with the support of a physical therapist.
What is the difference between physiotherapy and physical rehabilitation therapy?
Some claim that physiotherapy is an approach to rehabilitation that is more hands-on. Physical therapy is an approach based on exercise. Physiotherapy and physical rehabilitation therapy in the past may have had more of a distinction between them but now they are known to be interchangeable.
Most Americans use the term “physical therapy” to describe this hands-on therapy whereas people outside the US use the term “physiotherapy.” The two treatments show very little to no difference in the actual treatment provided.
The three main types of physiotherapy include musculoskeletal, cardiothoracic, and neurological.
Musculoskeletal physiotherapy is typically used by physiotherapists and physical therapists to treat problems such as back pain, sprains, muscle strains, posture, and arthritis.
Neurological physiotherapy deals with the nervous system and helps to heal disorders like stroke, Parkinson’s disease, and spinal cord injuries.
Cardiothoracic physiotherapy helps patients work through cardio-respiratory related health problems, asthma, and bronchitis.
How often should I go to physical therapy?
When a physician refers you to a physical therapist or prescribes physical therapy, you are usually required to go 2 to 3 times per week. While the frequency of these visits will vary from each individual, this is due to the diagnosis and extent of injury or disorder.
2 to 3 visits of physical therapy per week can seem like too much when you have just sustained an injury or undergone surgery. The reality is that two to three sessions of therapeutic exercise and activity, including stretching and strengthening, when there is an injury, surgery, disease, or disorder causing malfunction within the musculoskeletal system, has proven to be most effective in restoring strength and range of motion.
It is important to understand how your therapist’s knowledge, expertise, and direction in the treatment of movement-related disorders can affect your recovery rate even though you may feel that you are able to do the exercises and activities completed during your treatment session independently. Patients that are less willing to attend their therapy sessions take longer to achieve rehabilitation and therefore prolong their treatment and are required to opt-out of physical activity for longer.
Does a physiotherapist work alongside functional medicine?
Understanding how this functional medicine works will help you learn why TRUE Health Medical is the best functional wellness center to seek guidance for your health. If you want to greatly improve your results when finding a functional medicine doctor, look for one that can help you make a customized plan for your overall health as well as a solid self-assessment. You’ll discover that a visit to a functional medicine doctor works differently than that of a visit with your primary care physician. When trying to manage your personal health, choosing a wellness center will give you a new perspective. Whether you are dealing with an ailment or injury, there are a plethora of services for everyone. A doctor working in functional medicine will typically work with their patients in the following areas:
- Weight loss
- Fibromyalgia treatment
- Rehabilitation for physical recovery
- Regenerative medicine
- Recovery from injuries after auto accidents
- Fatigue and stress
- Detoxification and lean body program
- Digestive health
- Food sensitivity test
- Gluten sensitivity test
- Hormonal imbalances
- Thyroid panel
If you or someone you know was recently injured, come to TRUE Health Medical! Our team of amazing physical therapists can help your body heal, so you can get back to being you! To talk with an expert, contact our office today. Visit us online or give us a call to schedule an appointment at our clinic. We serve patients from Gilbert AZ, Chandler AZ, Queen Creek AZ, Sun Lakes AZ, Mesa AZ, Sacaton AZ, and Apache Junction AZ.