When to See a Physiotherapist?

OAK Physio & Wellness offers physiotherapy in Oakville. We use evidence-based medicine to provide a customized wellness plan to address the pain or discomfort you’re experiencing. If you’re living with constant pain or you avoid moving in certain ways to prevent reproducible pain, it’s time to see a physiotherapist. Consider calling us to schedule a consultation appointment.

What is a Physiotherapist?

Before seeing a physiotherapist, you must know what a physiotherapist does and what conditions they can help with.

Physiotherapy, also known as physical therapy, is a vast field, and different physiotherapists focus on different issues. The general job description of a physiotherapist is to provide rehabilitation, education, support, stress relief, and performance training to their clients.

Some patients may see a physiotherapist when recovering from surgery, while others may preemptively work with a physiotherapist to prevent sports injuries.

Physiotherapy aims to maintain, promote, and restore physical health.

When Should I See a Physiotherapist?

There are many reasons to see a physiotherapist. Here are ten common reasons people work with physiotherapists:

1. Addressing Ongoing Pain

If you feel pain for more than a few days, you should see a doctor, and be sure to ask your doctor about physiotherapy while you are there. A physiotherapist can help ensure you don’t worsen the pain and get back to your healthy self as soon as possible.

2. Reducing Frequent Aches and Pains

A physiotherapist can help you with general pain caused by rheumatological diseases or unknown causes. A physiotherapist can help make certain nerve pathways less sensitive and improve your body’s ability to cope with fatigue.

You might also hear this called “reproducible pain.” If you consistently encounter pain when you bend or move a certain way, setting an appointment to see a physiotherapist is a good idea. A physical therapist can pinpoint the strained muscles and work on them to alleviate that pain and strengthen surrounding muscles to prevent it from returning.

3. Correcting Posture

Most people sit at a desk all day, often leading to posture problems. For those who don’t sit at a desk, posture issues can also come from physical labour. If you bend, lift, or stand with improper form, you can feel nagging pains in your back and neck, headaches, and more serious problems as you age.

A physiotherapist can devise a personalized treatment plan to help you strengthen your core, helping you maintain a good posture and a pain-free life.

4. Improving Flexibility and Mobility

Healthy joints won’t stay healthy without proper flexibility and mobility. As joints are necessary for all movement, keeping flexibility and mobility in your joints prevents injuries and is crucial to staying active and healthy. A physiotherapist will help you maintain healthy joints, allowing you to keep a healthy body and mind.

5. Recovering from Surgery

The healing process after surgery can be long and painful, and you will likely require a physical therapist to help you navigate the journey back to full health. Whether you need to start with the basics after brain surgery or regain proper form after arm surgery, your physiotherapist will help you take the right incremental steps that get you back to your daily life.

6. Mitigating Symptoms of Certain Diseases

Treatment regimens for diabetes, osteoarthritis, and heart disease often include exercise. Though your doctor may prescribe you medication for your disease, it is often the case that the best way to fight back is to combine that medication with healthy movement. A physiotherapist will help you stay active and improve your health, keeping the disease at bay. Of course, as with all serious diseases, consult your doctor before engaging in any therapeutic activities.

7. Managing Physical Limitations

Whether you are born with a physical limitation such as cerebral palsy or you develop a limitation later in life, physiotherapy can help you manage it. A physiotherapist will train the required muscle groups and assist with health-related accessories that improve mobility and daily comfort.

8. Recovering After a Car Accident

A massive full-body trauma like a car accident can put your body out of whack. Even in a scenario that doesn’t require surgery, you could benefit from a physiotherapist helping you return your joints, muscles, and ligaments to their healthiest states. Ask your doctor if you should see a physiotherapist after you have been in a car accident or experienced any serious, full-body trauma.

9. Postpartum Conditioning

Having a baby puts a lot of stress on the mother’s body at birth and throughout the pregnancy. Physical therapy can help mothers get back to full health. From ligaments and tendons to entire muscle groups, a physiotherapist can help alleviate pain and ensure the future health and well-being of the mother.

10. Preventing Injuries

Whether you are a competitive athlete or want to maintain your quality of life into your 70s and 80s, preventing injuries is important. Though you can rehab after an injury, that lost time can be brutal, and your full health may never return.

Physiotherapy helps prevent injuries and keeps you as healthy as you want to be. If you have any joints, muscles, or bones that you are particularly worried about, a physiotherapist can help.

Schedule an Appointment for Physiotherapy at OAK Physio & Wellness

Our team of physiotherapists at OAK Physio and Wellness can address a wide range of issues, including but not limited to the following:

  • Sprains and strains
  • Herniated discs
  • TMJ dysfunction
  • Tendonitis
  • Carpal tunnel
  • Scoliosis
  • Neck pain
  • Low back pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Arthritis
  • Sciatica

Contact OAK Physio and Wellness today if you are experiencing any of these issues. Our team of physiotherapists, chiropractors, massage therapists, and naturopathic medical doctors provide evidence-based treatment and personalized treatment plans to address your pain at the source.

To see a physiotherapist or another of our OAK Physio and Wellness physiotherapy specialists in Oakville, call (289)725-0241 today to make your appointment.