Yes, physiotherapy can help with post-surgical rehabilitation by facilitating recovery, reducing pain and swelling, improving range of motion and strength, and preventing complications.
Yes! Physical therapy focuses on performance and function, while chiropractic focuses on treating injuries and pain without drugs or surgery. A physical therapist will design a workout or training plan targeting specific muscles, tendons, ligaments, etc., whereas a chiropractor will manually treat those areas to improve their function.
IMS therapy may be used as part of a comprehensive post-surgery rehabilitation program to help promote healing and restore function. After surgery, it’s common to experience muscle imbalances, tension, and weakness that can limit the range of motion and mobility. IMS therapy can help address these issues by releasing tight muscles and trigger points, promoting circulation, and stimulating tissue healing.
IMS therapy may be particularly helpful for conditions such as rotator cuff injuries, back pain, knee injuries, and other conditions that affect the musculoskeletal system. By improving muscle function and alignment, IMS therapy can help support the healing process and promote a more complete recovery.
However, it’s important to note that IMS therapy should always be used in conjunction with other aspects of post-surgery rehabilitation, such as physical therapy, exercise, and lifestyle modifications. Your healthcare practitioner can provide guidance on the most appropriate treatment plan for your specific needs and help you achieve the best possible outcomes.
Most patients do not experience pain during shockwave therapy but may feel some discomfort. Anesthetic is rarely used in shockwave therapy as most patients can tolerate it due to attenuation of shock from the fat pad.
Yes, IMS can be combined with other physiotherapy treatments to achieve better results. In fact, IMS is often used as a complementary therapy alongside other treatments such as massage, chiropractic, or physiotherapy. By combining IMS with other therapies, patients can often achieve faster and more complete relief from their symptoms.
For example, IMS may be used in combination with physiotherapy exercises to help relax tight muscles and reduce pain, while also improving joint mobility and range of motion. Or, IMS may be used alongside massage therapy to help release trigger points and improve circulation to affected areas.
The specific combination of therapies used will depend on the individual’s condition and treatment goals. Your healthcare practitioner will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that includes IMS and any other treatments that may be beneficial for your condition.
There are many possible causes of a weak pelvic floor, including pregnancy and childbirth, obesity, age, and chronic pelvic pain. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, it is important to consult a pelvic floor physiotherapist for help. They can assess your situation and recommend the best exercises for you to improve your pelvic floor health.
Yes, you have the right to choose your own physiotherapist in Alberta. You can research and select a physiotherapy clinic or practitioner based on their qualifications, expertise, location, and other factors. However, it’s important to ensure that they are licensed and registered with the College of Physiotherapists of Alberta.
The timeline for improvement in physiotherapy varies and can depend on several factors such as the condition, severity, frequency, consistency of therapy, and overall health. Typically, some improvement can be seen in a few weeks to a few months, with more significant improvements potentially taking several months to a year or more. Gradual improvement is common, and temporary worsening or plateauing of symptoms can occur. A personalized timeline can be discussed with a physiotherapist.
It’s generally recommended to avoid intense exercise and activities that may exacerbate your symptoms for at least 24-48 hours after an IMS treatment session. This allows your body to rest and recover and gives the IMS therapy time to take effect. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to stop all physical activity.
Your healthcare practitioner may recommend specific exercises or activities that are safe and appropriate for your condition and treatment plan. These may include low-impact exercises, stretching, or other therapeutic activities that can help promote healing and prevent muscle stiffness or tightness.
It’s important to communicate with your healthcare practitioner about your exercise routine and any changes you plan to make while receiving IMS treatment. They can provide guidance on how to safely incorporate exercise and physical activity into your treatment plan and help you achieve the best possible outcomes.
Physio takes between four and eight weeks to manage most cases of sciatica. If symptoms are more severe and include numbness, tingling, and associated muscle weakness, it may take longer. Seeing a physiotherapist will also help to reduce the severity and duration of future episodes.
Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT) is a non-invasive medical procedure that utilizes pressure waves to treat various musculoskeletal conditions. Generated outside the body, these shock waves are transmitted through the skin to the targeted area, promoting blood flow and healing, breaking down calcified tissue, and potentially reducing pain. There are two main types: Focused Shock Wave Therapy (high-energy waves for deep tissues) and Radial Shock Wave Therapy (low-energy waves for conditions closer to the surface). ESWT is commonly used to treat conditions like plantar fasciitis, tennis elbow, shoulder tendinitis, and kidney stones. It is an outpatient procedure, generally considered safe, but may cause temporary pain and swelling in the treated area.