By Michelle Kwong
Every health care professional has an important part to play in the health and wellbeing of the individual in Singapore health care system. From a doctor, a physiotherapist, an occupational therapist, speech therapist, everyone has a place in this very important role in health. So how can a physiotherapist or physical therapist help? To understand this let us look at the basic questions that most people have: What is the physiotherapy? What qualifications do physical therapist required? What conditions can physiotherapist treat?
What is physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy helps an individual to recover from a disease, illness or condition, with physical means of therapy. Return back to normal function of daily activities, sports and work. Methods of physical therapy are all evidence based practice and clinical reasoning.
What qualifications do physical therapist required?
In Singapore, specialized education and training is required for qualified as a registered physiotherapist. Most physiotherapists have completed a diploma in physiotherapy, degree in physiotherapy or a postgraduate or master in physiotherapy. Some Singapore physiotherapists specialize in different field, such as musculoskeletal orthopedic, sports injuries, ergonomics, neurological, preventive health, weight loss, women health/pregnancy.
What conditions can physiotherapist treat in Singapore?
In the private physiotherapy clinics in Singapore, physiotherapists have the knowledge to diagnose and treat muscle, bone, ligament or joint pain conditions with physical therapy. You can see a physiotherapist directly without a referral letter. However, some insurance or company claims may be asked to have a doctor referral letter to any Physio Clinics, before attending to any physiotherapist.
Let us look at the important role a physiotherapist plays in the care of a back pain. If someone suffer from a back pain, most people go to see doctor who may prescribes you painkiller , xray or MRI or refer you to consult a physiotherapist. In few cases, back pain recovered with painkiller as it stops you feeling pain. For cases with a mechanical back pain, painkiller may not reduce pain. Xray or MRI may not indicate any signs of bone, joint, ligament or disc problem. This comes the important role physiotherapist can help to solve the mechanical dysfunction of spine which is resulting in the pain. Physiotherapist will clinically evaluate and diagnose what is the underlying cause of the pain. It could be an incorrect posture, spinal misalignment, tight or weak muscles, improper way of carrying out daily activities etc. Once the physiotherapist has diagnosed the problem, he/she will go onto correct it with treatments such as pain relief and tissue healing, postural alignment, stretches, strengthening exercises and ergonomic advice. So physiotherapists treat the exact root cause of the pain problem, than just a feel good for period time.
Apart from orthopedics, a physical therapist plays a very important role in rehabilitation of a number of neurological cases like Stroke, Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Muscle Atrophy etc. Medications taken will reduce the inflammation and control the disease process but the disability resulting from these diseases can be treated only with physiotherapy and only a physical therapist can help the patient return to his/her daily activities.
Last but not the least, preventive education like home modification for disabilities or office modification to make it more ergonomically suitable, less office workers suffering neck and back aches and pain, also is a significant role the physiotherapists play.
Thus a physiotherapist plays an important role in every aspect of health care in Singapore to get you to optimal health.
Visit a physiotherapist in Singapore: Http://www.physioclinic.sg
About the Author: Michelle Kwong
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