Physiotherapy aims to improve your ability to use parts of your body that are affected by injury, illness, or long term conditions. It may be used alone or in conjunction with other interventions such as surgery or medication provided by your doctor. When you attend a physiotherapy appointment at VPS Lakeshore Hospital you will be assessed to enable your treatment programme to be tailored to meet your individual need. Once your assessment is complete, your physiotherapist will discuss your proposed treatment plan and treatment options.
Some conditions that physiotherapists at VPS Lakeshore hospital treat include:
- Spinal and joint problems
- Strains, sprains and sports injuries
- Back pain management, including teaching people about back care and running special classes
- Getting back in step after hip, knee and other joint replacements
- Arthritis and Osteoporosis, providing advice on coping with and maintaining mobility and independence
- Post-stroke rehabilitation
- Neurological conditions such as Parkinson's disease, Multiple Sclerosis and neurological conditions
- Respiratory conditions
- Hand & Shoulder Rehabilitation Program
- Amputee Rehabilitation
- Cardiothoracic Rehabilitation
At VPS Lakeshore Hospital we provide an integrated and cohesive approach to patient care, with an emphasis on healthcare professionals retaining and developing their specialist skills in areas such as musculoskeletal, chest and elderly rehabilitation. All physiotherapists of the department are registered members of the Indian Physiotherapy Association. Physiotherapists provide an outpatient service within the hospital. They treat people with joint and muscle problems such as neck or back pain as well as those who have had joint problems or following surgery for injury.
IP - Everyday : 8:00am – 5:00pm
OP - Monday - Saturday : 8.00am - 7.00pm
How to Access Treatment or Advice?
Your consultant or your doctor can refer you to the physiotherapy department. You may refer yourself for an evaluation by the physiotherapist to determine the therapy most suitable to your condition. Our method of service delivery aims at early intervention to prevent conditions becoming chronic and reduce time off work due to injuries. As such, we provide immediate access to appropriate advice and exercise as we believe that early intervention and decreased waiting time improves clinical outcomes for the patient.
The common treatment options offered are listed below with a brief explanation
Education and Advice
This aims to give you an understanding of the nature of your condition and the reasons for choosing a particular treatment programme. Secondly this will give you advice to help you manage your symptoms, such as the use of heat or ice, or changes to your usual activities/ lifestyle.
Almost all physiotherapy programmes involve prescription of some exercise. This may be general exercise such as walking, or more specific exercises to stretch, strengthen or move a particular part of your body. This may be on an individual basis. In most cases, patients are asked to carry out some exercise at home and your physiotherapist will discuss the frequency of exercise to fit your lifestyle. Your Physiotherapist will only prescribe exercise that will be of benefit to you. If you choose not to do your exercises, you should also discuss this with your physiotherapist.
This involves repetition of everyday activities or breaking them down into smaller movements to re-train your body to do that activity. For example: practicing walking after being on crutches. Your hobbies, occupation and lifestyle will be considered. There may be some risks associated, such as falling in the example given, which could cause an injury. Physiotherapists are trained in safe handling to minimise risks. If you choose not to carry out planned functional activities, you should discuss this with your physiotherapist.
Mobilisation involves localised and specific movement of a joint to increase the range of movement. Manipulation of soft tissues to improve circulation, improve the movement of fluid, and aid relaxation to promote healing. Physiotherapists have knowledge of the positions of joint, bones and soft tissues to be able to choose the direction of pressures. Your physiotherapist will take into account your symptoms to choose the force of the pressure to minimise the risks.
Interferential Therapy : Uses electrical currents to stimulate nerves to reduce the pain responses received by your brain or make muscles contract.
Ultrasound : This uses sound waves to promote healing in soft tissues such as ligaments and tendons.
TENS : Electrode pads transmit electrical pulses across the skin to reduce the sensation of pain.
Russian current / High Voltage Galvanic Stimulation Galvanic / Faradic Muscle Stimulator
Physiotherapists are trained in the safe use of machines and carry out checks before these treatments are used to make sure you are not at risk. Our machines also undergo regular testing and are of international standards to minimise risks.