Physiotherapy can not only help alleviate pain but completely undo some conditions or stop them from worsening.

Yep, it is 100% possible to eliminate the need for surgery with the right physiotherapist and a sound, well-followed recovery plan.

 For many patients, the thought of surgery is, well frankly scary. Not to mention the cost, inconvenience, and extensive periods of rest and recovery. However, early intervention from physiotherapy helps add mobility, strengthen muscles surrounding the injured part and help the body function better in this strenuous state – and possibly prevent injury.

Strains and Sprains are the most common form of injuries out there. In most cases, early intervention from your physio immediately after a strain or sprain (most commonly related to sports injuries) can prevent the need for surgery altogether. Physical therapists are trained to manage and treat these minor injuries through non-surgical means and help them recover and regain their strength so that further use and wear don’t worsen the injury, driving it to the point of surgery.

 

Back Problems are extremely prevalent in today’s digital day and age. Sedentary lifestyles have become the death of us, or at least our postures.
With so many people complaining of back pain, it’s important to note that physio can help you strengthen your back and work towards long-term pain and injury management. This kind of pain can significantly impact the quality of life, as the back is a central and integral component of nearly every movement of the body from the arms to the legs to the neck and everything in between. 

Over time, physical therapy may even heal back pain permanently. For patients who are hoping to avoid surgery or long-term use of pain medications, physical therapy is an excellent option.

 

Stiff, Aching Knees are another major problem today. Doctors are distributing appointments for knee replacement surgeries in bulk, and the patients sure are lining up.  

“Nearly everyone over 50 will have signs of degenerative arthritis in most joints. Luckily, this can be managed with physio.”

  • Dr. Marlon Pereira, a dual board-certified orthopedic and sports specialist with the University of Miami Health System.

 

 It maintains cartilage health by strengthening the surrounding muscles and placing weight through the joint. Without weight and movement, the joint becomes more arthritic and falls apart at a much faster rate.

 

While many choose to skip the surgery altogether in favor of just physio or other interventions, a combination of the two approaches is also possible. 

Even under circumstances where surgery is absolutely necessary and can’t be avoided, physiotherapy is a crucial part of the recovery process. Herein lies the true value of physical therapy: its ability to integrate an injured person back into the full experience and enjoyment of life by making him or her completely mobile and functional again, not just fixing the issue but also rehabilitating the patient back to his former fit self.

Hence for issues ranging from the odd sprain or ligament tear to spinal stenosis, meniscus tears, rotator cuff tears, and the more serious ones, physiotherapy definitely does have a major role to play in the recovery process. The need for surgery ultimately depends on the expertise and diagnosis of your doctor and varies from case to case, but studies have proven that Physio can be an effective and more sustainable form of recovery.