Physiotherapists are highly trained health professionals who have particular skills in treating and rehabilitating muscle, ligament and joint problems. Mr Lyons is able to direct you to experts in this field for assistance as you shoulder condition requires.
What is Physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy refers to treatment techniques aimed at at improving muscular, joint and other soft tissue injuries whether they are acute or chronic. Physiotherapy will assist you during your hospital stay if you have a surgery. It will also empower you to work on your own recovery when you leave hospital.
- Stretching Exercises: Physiotherapists guide you step by step to stretch certain areas of your shoulder in order to restore flexibility, and enhance shoulder mobility, strength and comfort.
- Strengthening Exercises: These help in returning strength and bulk in your shoulder muscles. They often become weak during an even short period of lack of normal muscle use
- Ice and Heat: Heat treatment tends to help chronic painful shoulder problems. Icing tends to be more helpful for more recent injuries and soon after a shoulder surgery.
- Ultrasound: Vibrations produced by sound waves help to stimulate blood flow and facilitate the healing process.
- Electro-stimulation: In this procedure, an electric current is passed through the area which requires treatment. This helps in relieving pain, stimulating muscles and nerves, and expanding blood vessels to promote healing.
Will you require ongoing Physiotherapy?
Mr Lyons encourages his patients to become active partners in the recovery process. As such he will have our hospital Physiotherapist show you how to follow a “self- physio” program at home in the early stages after your surgery.
Once you have gained sufficient comfort and confidence after your surgery he may recommend that you begin amore structure physiotherapy program. He will at the right time direct you to a Physiotherapist to guide your further rehabilitation. You may wish to continue with the Physiotherapist you saw in hospital after surgery. Or you may have a Physiotherapist closer to home or your work place. You may have someone who has helped you for other problems. Regardless Mr Lyons will write to the Physiotherapist with some background about your problem and rehab recommendations. It is then over to you to work on your recovery.