Physiotherapy is a form of treatment that helps people move and provides relief of pain. From treating acute and chronic ailments, from simple to complex problems, physiotherapists play a vital role in mobilizing, ambulating and rehabilitating patients. Physiotherapy in fact forms an integral part of health care service. It helps to keep people active in the community, in the work force following injury, and assists in the maintenance and benefits of a healthy lifestyle. Through a variety of hands-on treatments, education and exercise prescription, physiotherapists at St Philip’s will help you maximize your ability to function. Physiotherapy provides treatment that will help you reduce pain, gain strength and flexibility, and manage your independence.

If you undergo an operation at St Philip’s Hospital you will be visited by the physiotherapist before your operation and then on a daily basis throughout your stay. After a hip or knee replacement , for example, the surrounding muscles and tissues take some time to heal, therefore the support offered by these tissues is less strong than usual and there is potential for your joint replacement to dislocate. The physiotherapist is therefore instrumental as he or she will show you the safest ways of moving during this initial period. The physiotherapist will also instruct you in exercises for general maintenance, joint mobility and strength. As time progresses, the physiotherapist will help you to become mobile again and return to normal activity.

St. Philip’s Hospital offers a service of in-patient physiotherapy to all patients as necessary. Patients referred for physiotherapy are assessed by the physiotherapist and a plan of treatment is set up. This varies for all patients and therefore individual attention is given. Amongst others, physiotherapy services offered include:

• Chest care after chest conditions such as bronchitis or pneumonia. This will include percussions, vibrations, postural drainage as well as deep breathing exercises.

• Chest care and early mobilization post-operatively: Patients are usually mobilized on the first day post-operatively. This is done specifically to prevent complication such as chest infection and DVT.

• Exercises and early mobilization following knee or hip replacement: This is also done to prevent the above-mentioned complications of chest infection and DVT as well as to start rehabilitation early on.

• Exercises and early mobilization following lower limb fractures: This is done to help the patient to become as independent as possible early on both after repair by surgery as well as those with any type of limb immobilization.

• Exercises following arthroscopy: This is done to help reduce swelling and in order to prevent muscle atrophy while maintaining or increasing the range of motion.

Physiotherapy sessions are modified according the needs and wishes of each patient and are designed to target their individual requirements.

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