Physiotherapists use their knowledge to help people overcome a wide range of problems
Physiotherapists use their knowledge and skills to help people overcome a wide range of physical health problems.
Bone and joint conditions
One of the main areas that physiotherapy focuses on is the treatment of conditions and injuries that affect the bones and joints. In particular, physiotherapists often help patients who are recovering from orthopaedic surgery (surgery to correct damage to or deformities of the bones or joints).
Heart and lung conditions
Physiotherapists may treat people who have had a heart attack; chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD); cystic fibrosis
Physiotherapists can help people with conditions that affect the brain and nervous system, such as stroke; multiple sclerosis; Parkinson’s disease; cerebral palsy; spina bifida.
Physiotherapists treat children with musculoskeletal conditions (which affect the bones and muscles).
Conditions that occur in old age
Physiotherapists often treat conditions that are common in old age, such as arthritis and osteoporosis.
Physiotherapists may help patients who are recovering from hip replacement surgery.
Physiotherapists also play an important role in the general care and wellbeing of elderly people by improving their overall health and fitness to help them stay active and independent. Osteopathy takes a holistic, whole-body approach to healthcare. It uses manual ‘hands-on’ techniques to improve circulation and correct altered biomechanics, without the use of drugs.
An osteopathic physician does not concentrate only on the problem area, but uses manual techniques to balance all the body systems, and to provide overall good health and wellbeing.
Diagnosing and treating conditions using these techniques is called Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM).
Techniques include stretching, gentle pressure, and resistance, known as osteopathic manipulative medicine.
An osteopathic physician may also issue prescription medicine and use surgical methods to support the holistic, manual treatment.
Many osteopathic physicians also serve as primary care physicians in fields such as family medicine, internal medicine, and pediatrics.