OVERVIEW

Physiotherapy helps restore mobility and function to people who have been injured or are recovering from a surgery or affliction of some sort. It helps speed up recovery and improve overall quality of life. In addition to this, it can also reduce risk of potential future injury. It is of great benefit to people of all ages and states of health. From elderly people recovering from joint replacement to young sportsmen and women beset by injury, the Department of Physiotherapy at Sri Ramakrishna Hospital has treated them all. We offer a host of treatments ranging from deep heat therapy to electrical therapy to conditioning exercises and so on. Our experience is unrivalled and many hundreds of healthy patients are testament to our expertise.


MEDICAL CONDITIONS

It is estimated that more than 80% of all people experience some form of lower back pain in their lifetimes. A significant proportion of that will experience chronic back pain. So, if you have been afflicted by this, rest assured that you are not alone in your condition. There are many different types and definitions of low back pain, largely classified by source. Most commonly, people experience ‘non-specific’ low back pain which is essentially something that can’t be directly attributed to a single, specific cause. There are typically three sub-categories of low back pain – acute, sub-acute and chronic low back pain. Acute is something which lasts for less than 6 weeks, sub-acute lasts for 6 to 12 weeks and chronic lasts for more than 12 weeks.

For those suffering from back pain, physiotherapy offers many effective non-surgical treatments. It can relieve pain, improve mobility and increase the patient’s overall fitness and quality of life. Here at Sri Ramakrishna Hospital we offer both active and passive forms of physiotherapy. Passive physiotherapy may include heat therapy, cold packs, electrical stimulation and so on. Active therapy includes specific exercises which help the patient regain mobility and increase fitness. The benefits of physiotherapy are manifold and fast-acting.

A 'stroke' is what occurs when blood flow to the brain is blocked. In such a situation, brain cells immediately begin to deteriorate and die. The interruption of blood flow could be cause either by blockage or by bleeding. Blockage of an artery causes what is known as an ‘ischaemic stroke’. It is the most common and it causes about 87% of strokes. Bleeding causes what is called ‘haemorrhagic stroke’. It is rarer but considerably more dangerous. Strokes can cause paralysis which is known as hemiplegia. Physiotherapy offers ways to help restore mobility and communication as much as possible, and to improve quality of life of the patient.

Physiotherapy typically begins with a therapist aiding the patient to move his or her limbs to increase blood circulation. It can progress up to a point where a patient may be discharged from the hospital. Thereafter the patient will receive treatment as an out-patient to try and improve dexterity and strength. Speech is typically impeded by a stroke and its restoration can be strongly aided by physiotherapy. At the department of physiotherapy, experts routinely help patients make their way back to a fulfilling life.

Surgery can affect and impair mobility and physical functions. From surgical fixation of fractures and nerve releases to arthroscopic surgeries and joint replacements, patients have a long road to recovery. A critical part of their return to normalcy and health is physiotherapy. It may begin with expectation management before a procedure through the first mobility exercises on a hospital bed to strength training exercises as an outpatient. Physiotherapy is a large component in the success of many a surgical procedure. Here at Sri Ramakrishna Hospital we tailor recovery programmes to each individual to ensure quick recovery and the best possible outcomes for each procedure.

The process of childbirth and the lead-up to it can cause a whole host of changes in a woman’s body. As a woman’s physique changes, her centre of mass shifts and there is a change in the pressure on internal organs. The increased weight also puts additional stress on muscles, joints and ligaments. After the birth of children women may experience a host of conditions such as bladder control difficulties, constipation, back pain, shoulder pain, neck pain, rectus diastasis, post-caesarian pain and so on. There are a number of physiotherapy treatments that can greatly alleviate pain and discomfort and immensely contribute to a better quality of life. At Sri Ramakrishna Hospital we can help women with core stability exercises, pain relief, muscle balancing, coordination, deep massage and many other techniques.