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Physiotherapy Enhances Recovery from Traumatic Injuries

Traumatic injuries such as sprains, fractures and ruptured muscle are extremely painful and often take a while to heal. Unfortunately, the pain killers given to patients for extreme pain often have several side effects and can be extremely addictive. Furthermore, sometimes traumatic injuries need more than just time to heal as a traumatic injury can permanently alter the body. Healing from a traumatic injury itself can cause mobility issue as often it prevents you from moving the injured part of your body. For individuals who play sports, mobility is extremely important and often a sports injury occurs on a body part needed for that sport. However, you don’t have to play sports to experience a traumatic injury, many people even receive physiotherapy after a severe car accident. Physiotherapy is a technique used to help patients overcome pain from traumatic injuries. The objectives of traumatic physiotherapy include helping patients regain mobility, easing pain, reducing inflammation and helping them get back into the activities of their daily lives.

A physiotherapist will meet with a patient who has an injury, take a detailed account of their history and current condition and then make a detailed and personalized treatment plan for their recovery. Often an individual receiving physiotherapy for a traumatic injury will have to attend multiple sessions, sometimes even weekly sessions are suggested. Alternatively, physiotherapist may also prescribe exercises for the patient to practice at home. Physiotherapy treatment for a traumatic injury however is often not lifelong, it often ends when the patient regains maximal mobility and no longer feels a lot of pain. Furthermore, different types of traumatic injuries may require a different length of treatment. For example, a severe spinal injury would most likely take more sessions than a fractured wrist. Furthermore, for those who require complete mobility, such as athletes, more checkups may be done to ensure mobility is maintained.

To summarize, accidents or trauma resulting in a physical injury such as a broken bone or a torn ligament often take a long time to heal, and the healing process is painful. Pain killers are often prescribed to deal with this pain however pain killers often have several side effects, the worst side effect in my opinion being addiction. Physiotherapy can be used as an alternative to manage the pain caused by a traumatic physical injury. Furthermore, it can be used to help regain mobility in the injured area of the body and help with the healing process by reducing inflammation. Consult with a medical doctor before receiving any treatments for a traumatic injury to ensure no medical intervention is required. Also make sure to find a licenced physiotherapist as they will make a personalized treatment plan for you and your unique needs. The treatment length also depends on your needs but physiotherapy for a traumatic injury often requires multiple sessions throughout the healing process. Although physiotherapy for traumatic injuries does not require lifelong treatment, those who require extensive mobility such as those who play sports may be interested in having a full-time physiotherapist to help strengthen their bodies to prevent physical injury.

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