October 09, 2016, Kitchener, Ontario
Posted by: Robert Deutschmann, Personal Injury Lawyer
Physiotherapy and Personal Injury
Why individuals should look to physiotherapy for treatment
Personal Injury accidents can cause many injuries including soft tissue injuries. While some injuries can be treated effectively, others that last will likely require physiotherapy. Access to early treatment, like physiotherapy, can result in the best outcome for accident victims.
Physiotherapy is a treatment of an injury, deformity, or disease through physical methods rather than drugs or surgery. The World Health Organization defines the duties of a physiotherapist is to “assess, plan and implement rehabilitative programs that improve or restore human motor functions, maximize movement ability, relive pain syndromes, and treat or prevent physical challenges associated with injuries, diseases, and impairment…”
Physiotherapists and physiotherapy programs can be accessed in various locations including home care services, private facilities, or in hospital treatment.
Some common health issues that physiotherapy can be used for is to treat muscular aches, sports injuries, arthritis, respiratory problems, and help to rehabilitate muscles after an injury. It is recommended that one goes to see a physiotherapist if an injury is in constant pain, or is in severe pain for more than three days. If a specific movement keeps causing someone pain is another indicator that they should see a physiotherapist. Moving different or feeling like something is “different” after receiving an injury should also be looked at by a physiotherapist.
While physiotherapists use a personalized exercise plan to improve the strength, range of motion, and function of an injury as a treatment options, other treatment options physiotherapists use include massage, joint mobilization and manipulation, skin/wound care, hot and cold packs, and other devices and equipment. Airway clearance methods are used for people who are suffering from respiratory issues. Physiotherapists also can provide re-training for the workplace or occupation and remove environmental obstacles as other forms of treatment.
Besides treating injuries, physiotherapy helps patients with the management, education, research and consultation of their injuries as well as providing injury prevention.
People who have suffered injuries through car accidents or slip and falls should consider physiotherapy as an option if not already prescribed by a Doctor. It is a drug-free healthcare practice, and it ca ngreatly improve a brain or spinal cord injury. There are plenty of physiotherapy clinics available in Ontario with ten publically funded clinics in Waterloo/Wellington.
And while physiotherapy fees differ from province to province, with some additional charges for practice conditions, health insurance companies can cover a portion or the whole charge of physiotherapy sessions. Some health insurance plans might require a physician’s referral in order for patients to receive coverage for physiotherapy so it is important to always check your health insurance plan first before proceeding with treatments.
If a personal injury keeps affecting your life long after the initial accident is over, then looking into physiotherapy might be a good option to effectively treat pain and improve the body’s recovery.
Article prepared by Ariel Deutschmann
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