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Physical therapy (or) Physiotherapy, often abbreviated as PT, is a health care profession primarily concerned with the remediation of impairments and disabilities and the promotion of mobility, functional ability, quality of life and movement potential through examination, evaluation, diagnosis and physical intervention carried out by Physical Therapists (known as Physiotherapists in some countries)

The physiotherapy section at SRI NARAYANI HOSPITAL AND RESEARCH CENTER was established in OCT’2004

People can be assessed for Physiotherapy by seeing a doctor at Outpatient Departments of SNHRC who will then refer them for physio. The department is equipped with varieties of equipment to help treat patients.

Top Physiotherapy Services:

There are many areas of service and specialization within the Physiotherapy department which include:

  • Physiotherapy OPD.
  • Orthopedics.
  • Neurology.
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in-patients in wards.
  • General Medicine in-patients in Wards.
  • General surgery in-patients in Wards.
  • Cardiovascular and pulmonary in wards.
  • Geriatrics in wards.
  • Integumentary.
  • Pediatrics in OPD and wards.
  • Women’s health.

Physiotherapist role:

The physiotherapist will do a detailed physical assessment when they first see the patient and this is repeated as necessary during their treatment. The assessment will include details about how strong the limbs are the amount of movement at various joints, details of any pain and how it affects patients. A detailed assessment of how the patient moves, are any aids used and problems with walking.

The therapist will then set appropriate goals with the patient with the aim of improving their mobility and the treatment given will help the patients reach these goals.

Treatments given:

Various types of treatments will be given depending on the patients needs. Some of the treatments used include:

  • Doing graded strengthening and endurance exercises for selected muscle groups.
  • Functional training using mat activities.
  • Soft tissue manipulations and joint manipulations as needed.
  • Passive, active-assisted and active range of movement exercises and strengthening exercises
  • Various kinds of active and passive stretching exercises for the tightened structures.
  • Manual techniques for various kinds of orthopedic conditions
  • Correction of posture.
  • Walking (gait) training with walking aids such as crutches, canes, quadripods; splints like knee ankle foot orthoses, ankle foot orthoses; and artificial limbs, prostheses.
  • Ambulation indoors and in the community with suitable aids and adaptation.
  • Gymnastic ball therapy for trunk control and other balance activities.
  • Physiotherapists also assist people with chest, back, balance, cardiac and bladder problems:
  • Chest physiotherapy and breathing exercises mainly for chest conditions, hemiplegics, paraplegics, tetraplegics and patients on prolonged bed rest during immobilization period after injury, illness or surgery, pre and post operatively.
  • Chest physiotherapy includes Trachea-bronchial toileting, breathing exercises, spirometry, Forced expiratory techniques, percussions/vibrations, and postural drainage
  • Back care programmes: treating back pain, educating people on how to look after their backs and assessing people’s posture and home/work environment to see if equipment/adapted seating may be needed.
  • Pelvic floor exercises and Kegels’ exercises for Patients with bladder problems including needing to go frequently, having to rush to pass water and leakage/incontinence.
  • Cardiac rehabilitation - including free exercise, graded walking and home programmes detailing activities that are allowed and discouraged.
  • Vestibular rehabilitation -Exercises to reduce Vertigo (dizziness due to ear problems).
  • Home programmes are an essential part of most patients’ treatment. A careful balance between taking responsibility for our own bodies and accepting help and advice from others is needed. Some forms of treatment need the therapist to do most of the work for example applying ultrasound treatment. However other forms of treatment need the patient to play a much more active role and nothing can be achieved without this. Home programmes are given to patients who need to continue being active in their own treatment once they go home. Many good treatments can be done by the patient either on their own or with the help of someone in their home environment. The physio’s will teach these to the patients, and their families if appropriate, and instruct them on how, when and how often to do the programme.

Electrotherapy

The physiotherapists are trained to use a wide range of equipment that is listed below. This equipment is used to treat pain, reduce muscle spasm, increase muscle strength and to mobilize soft tissues.

Other Activities:

Physio’s will also conduct awareness and health camps along with other specialties as a part of community work.physios also conduct educational classes for patients and relatives in the wards and will conduct group discussion for patients and relatives.

They do conduct classes for physiotherapy internees and nursing and paramedical students who come for training.

Physiotherapy Equipments:

The equipment available for physiotherapy treatments within SNHRC includes:

  • Interferential therapy
  • Shortwave diathermy
  • Electronic traction
  • Ultrasound therapy
  • T.E.N.S
  • Infrared
  • Muscle Stimulators
  • Wax bath, etc.,