5 Reasons To See A Physiotherapist After An Injury

Apr 23, 2021

5 Reasons To See A Physiotherapist After An Injury

is no doubt that the human body can be very resilient. Short of regenerating
new limbs, our bodies are capable of recovering from large amounts of damage,
including broken bones. With this in mind, many people are happy to let nature
take it’s course following an injury, thinking that seeing a physiotherapist
will only act to speed up already healing tissues.

speed of recovery, however, is only one measure of healing and despite our
bodies’ incredible capacity for repair; injury repair can be less than straightforward.
Here are a few things about injury healing you may not have been aware of.

1. Scar Tissue is more likely to
form without treatment.

tissue can cause ongoing pain and stiffness in skin, muscles and ligaments. Physiotherapy
can prevent excessive scarring from forming through advice regarding movement,
massage and other hands-on treatment.

2. Your ability to sense the
position of your body, known as proprioception, is often damaged after an
injury and can be retrained.

Impaired proprioception is a major factor in re-injury. If
you’ve ever heard someone say “my knee/ankle/shoulder still doesn’t feel 100%”
then this could be why. The good news is that with a specific exercise program,
proprioception can be improved and recovered.

3. Once healing
has finished, your body may not be exactly the same as before.

Following an injury, ligaments may be lax, joints may be
stiffer and muscles are almost always weaker. While the pain may be gone, there
might still be factors that need to be addressed to prevent more complicated
issues in the future.

4. You may have
picked up some bad habits while waiting for the injury to heal.

While in pain, we often change the way we do things, this can
lead to the development of poor movement patterns and muscle imbalances. Even
though the pain has gone, these new patterns can remain and create further
problems down the road.

Injuries don’t always heal completely.

On rare occasions, injuries may not
be able to heal completely on their own. The most serious example of this is a
fracture that cannot heal if the bone is not kept still enough. Other factors
that may prevent an injury from healing include poor circulation, diabetes, insufficient
care of the injury and poor nutrition.

Your physiotherapist can assess your injury and develop a treatment plan
that will both restore you to the best possible function and prevent further
injuries. None of the
information in this article is a replacement for proper medical advice.
Always see a medical professional for advice on your individual injury.

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