Generally, the goal of rehabilitation in physiotherapy is to achieve the optimal mobility and functionality and reduce or eliminate pain.
The first consideration to be address – simply because it often prevents or limits a patient’s active participation – is pain management. How pain is managed is typically based on the status and longevity of your condition.
Once your pain is eliminated or under control, your road to recovery progresses from pain management to correcting or repairing the underlying cause of that pain. You and your physiotherapist may begin strengthening muscles to enhance blood flow to the injured area and regenerating damaged nerve and cellular structures wherever possible. Making the body function as it is meant to function is how the body naturally repairs itself. If poor posture or poor technique impedes your functionality, you and your physiotherapist will re-educate your body in the correct technique to benefit both your short term recovery and long term well-being.
Finally, with your short term goals achieved, your Physiotherapist will create a discharge plan for you. You, your family and/or caregiver will need to know what to continuing care or routine is necessary to continue your recovery. You will have an at-home exercise program to maintain your progress. Where necessary, an assessment of your living environment will ensure you have all the necessary equipment to function and continue to recovery at home.
One of the key benefits of physiotherapy at Markham Physiotherapy – Access Rehab is the team approach. On your road to recovery, your Physiotherapist is focused on your mobility and functionality, on strengthening your muscles to protect the advances made and to prevent additional injury. As part of a team, however, your physiotherapist is able to access the expertise of the whole team at any stage necessary to ensure the progress of your physiotherapy treatment plan.
As an expert in the body’s neuro-musculoskeletal structure, your physiotherapist will do a full neuro-musculoskeletal assessment to determine your prognosis and starting point – wherever that may be on the mobility/functionality spectrum. Then, in consultation with you, he/she will develop a treatment plan to meet your recovery goals in a reasonable and timely manner. Essentially a partnership, your treatment plan identifies your short and long term goals and the likely outcomes, the treatment approach at each stage, and the projected time necessary to meet your goals.