What is Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy, also known as physical therapy, is a health care profession concerned with the human function and movement and maximising potential. It uses physical approaches to promote, maintain and restore physical, psychological and social well being, taking account of variations in health status.

It is the treatment of diseases and physical defects of the body by remedies such as massage or electricity, rather than by using drugs.

Massage, moving muscles and bones, exercises, cold, heat, and light are therapies used to assist in treating patients to bring back normal function after illness or injury.

Do you need to see a medical practitioner?

In the first instance after injury you must decide if you have an injury serious enough to need to see a medical practitioner immediately or can you wait.

How can you tell? If you have immediate swelling and pain and are unable to weight-bear at all then you probably need to get the injury seen by your Doctor or Accident & Emergency Department. However, although the injury may be immediately painful, if the swelling increases gradually over the next few hours it is more likely that you have not sustained an injury that requires immediate medical intervention.

What do you do next? If you do not need to see someone immediately then begin treatment yourself - follow the Injury link.