Physiotherapy – Management of Injuries and Disease
Physiotherapy dates back to ancient times when the Chinese used massage as a treatment. Since that time, the list of conditions that physiotherapy treats has grown. Today physiotherapy is used to treat common conditions such as back pain, asthma, tinnitus, heart disease, stroke patients, ulcers and many other ailments. To treat this different diseases or injuries, physiotherapy has been specialized so that it treats specific areas requiring attention – cardiovascular-, respiratory-, musculoskeletal as well as neurological physiotherapy, demonstrating how physiotherapy treats many areas in the body. As a form of regulation, the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy was started in 1920.
Treatment through the 1940’s mainly consisted of exercise, massage, and traction and later in the 1950s manipulative procedures to the spine were practiced. It was in the 1980’s with the explosion of technology and computers that electric stimulators and ultrasound were introduced.
During any kind of physical activity, the body is exposed to forces. Pre-existing weaknesses in the body, fatigue as well as skeletal muscle imbalance can all result in an injury. This is why it is so important that adequate protection and the correct gear should be worn for the particular needs of any sport.
There are specific signs that can help with early diagnosis of an injury. The symptoms include pain, swelling, stiffness and numbness. Inflammation is the response of the tissues to injury and it is important to recognize these symptoms such as pain, swelling, redness, loss of function and increased temperature at the injury site.
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Physiotherapy today plays a very important role in medicine. You will find physiotherapy centers attached to hospitals with sophisticated equipment such as ultra sound therapy, traction equipment, wax bath therapy, infra-red radiation as well as exercise therapy equipment such as parallel bars, walking aids, strengthening equipment, stationary cycle and others. These centers treat soft tissue injuries, diseases of the bones and joints, post op joint replacement and much more.