The healthcare scenario has been undergoing monumental shifts. Today, the world population, especially millennials, are much more conscious when it comes to preventive care. These consumers are already tracking their food and water intake, sleep patterns, and weight loss.
Generation Y is all about prevention; their goal is to improve and maintain health while reducing the volume of tests and treatments or the standard operating procedure. These factors are expected to shape the future of physiotherapy.
Moreover, as the baby boomer generation workforce is phasing out in numbers and transitioning into retirement, they will need care and treatment for age-related ailments, senior living injuries, and chronic conditions. To assist this generation with their care and treatment requirements, the demand for physiotherapists is expected to grow significantly.
Physiotherapy Treatment: An Introduction
Physiotherapy primarily helps people of all ages with medical conditions, illnesses, and injuries that limit their regular ability to move and function. Unlike healthcare professionals such as doctors and nurses, a physiotherapist only uses hands-on skills and techniques to assess, diagnose, and treat patients.
A person does not always need to suffer an injury to make use of physiotherapy. Before you start a new exercise, sport, or other activity, a physiotherapist can provide you with an understanding of your body’s limits to help lessen the chance of injury. There are also many other reasons and benefits for visiting a physiotherapist.
Four Benefits of Physiotherapy
Depending on the reason for treatment, physiotherapy provides numerous benefits from improved mobility and movement and fall prevention to recovery from injury, trauma, stroke, or paralysis. A physiotherapist can advise patients about the benefits, depending on their personal medical history or treatment needs. Through physiotherapy, athletes can also maximise their performance by strengthening their muscles.
- Reduces or Eliminates General Pain
Physiotherapy helps in pain management in various cases for both chronic pain and pain resulting from an accident or injury. Therapeutic exercises and manual therapy techniques including joint and soft tissue mobilisation or treatments such as electric stimulation or taping can aid in relieving and restoring muscle and joint function. Moreover, these physiotherapy treatments can prevent the pain from returning.
- Helps Avoid Surgery
Some pain and movement problems can become chronic and lead to surgery. While surgery cannot be avoided in some cases, physiotherapy can help avoid the same by helping the patient eliminate pain and heal from an injury. In some cases, if the surgery is necessary, the patient may benefit from pre and post-rehabilitation programs that help mitigate the complications. Moreover, avoiding surgery can reduce healthcare costs.
- Improves Balance and Prevents Falls
In physical therapy, the patient will get screened for fall risk. If the patient is at high risk for falls, physiotherapists provide exercises and physical therapies that safely and carefully challenge the body’s balance as a way of mimicking real-life situations. These therapies along with assistive devices help improve coordination and ensure safer walking.
When a problem in an individual’s vestibular system causes balance issues, physiotherapists perform specific manoeuvres to rapidly restore proper vestibular functioning and eliminate systems of dizziness. Physical therapy can also help manage issues with standing, walking, and moving, especially in the elder population, through stretching and strengthening exercises.
- Manage Age-related Issues
Physiotherapy treatments are considered ideal for certain age-related issues such as neck pain, back pain, and knee replacement, as well as rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis. As individuals age, they may develop these issues or need a joint replacement, and physiotherapists are experts in helping these patients recover.
What Conditions Can Physiotherapy Assist?
Physiotherapists can also provide supplementary treatment to various medical conditions. While they may not directly or independently treat the medical condition, they help improve musculoskeletal conditions and work to optimise recovery. Some conditions that could benefit from physiotherapy include:
- Neurological Conditions: Physiotherapy plays a key role in correcting or improving the damage in patients who have suffered a stroke or have conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, traumatic brain injuries, and multiple sclerosis. Physiotherapy treatment can help patients to compensate for weaknesses and deficits in mobility and walking to recover full or partial function and stop further potential deterioration.
- Cardiopulmonary Conditions: Physiotherapy treatments involve guided exercises to help patients suffering from breathing issues that are interfering with their day-to-day life. Cardiac patients can also follow specific exercises on basic movement to regain their body functions after surgery.
Physiotherapy also plays a crucial role in several treatment programs for conditions such as musculoskeletal dysfunctions, sports-related injuries, female health and pelvic floor dysfunctions, and skin conditions such as burns and wound care.
Current Challenges in Physiotherapy
Today, the health-conscious generation values accessibility, flexibility, communication, and convenience. They actively seek out these qualities from providers as they look for a way to improve and maintain their health.
Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and consequent restrictions on movement, millennials and Generation Z, the current dominant demographic, showed dissatisfaction with the traditional care models, including physiotherapy. The lack of convenience associated with the location of the channel of care has become a challenge for the current status quo. Moreover, the pandemic triggered physiotherapists to change their approaches as clinics and practices were shut down for a long period. A major shift is thus expected in physiotherapy, as the gap widens between the increasing patient expectations and what’s currently available in the market.
Role of Technology in Physiotherapy
As with other industries, digital platforms, especially video consultations, are emerging as a possible and convenient way to stay connected with patients both during and after the pandemic. Therefore, virtual care, an alternative to traditional care, is gaining significant ground in the physiotherapy marketplace.As a radical change in the nature and practice of physiotherapy becomes possible, physiotherapy is likely to break geography and specific demographic barriers and reach as many patients as possible in the future. At Fazlani Natures Nest, we offer a range of physiotherapy treatments based on your specific needs. Get in touch to know how we can help in your recovery journey.