Copeman physiotherapy: It’s more than just injury rehabilitation

When you roll an ankle at a soccer game, are involved in a fender-bender on the freeway, or are recovering from a hip operation, a physiotherapist is usually one of the first people you call.

While many people assume physiotherapists work solely on injury rehabilitation, this is a common misconception. Among other things, physiotherapists have the skills to treat vertigo, dizziness and balance issues, prevent sports-related injuries and treat various ailments with acupuncture and dry needling. Remember, even when you don’t need crutches or rehab, physiotherapists can help.

Here are three additional services your physiotherapist can provide:

1. Vertigo, dizziness and balance improvement

When you’re feeling disoriented or woozy, there’s a good chance that the connection between your brain, eyes and ears are out of sync.

Approximately one in ten patients suffering from a moderate to severe case of vertigo can be effectively treated by a physiotherapist, yet less than eight percent of patients receive this treatment. In many cases, patients wait months for a referral to a specialist when the treatment can be done immediately.

If you’re feeling dizzy or have balance issues, see a physiotherapist or get a referral from your Copeman physician, who has the time to investigate your condition properly so you can get effective treatment.

2. Acupuncture & dry needling

A sore Achilles tendon or nagging carpal tunnel syndrome can really make your day a pain. But the good news is that acupuncture or dry needling can help – and Copeman physiotherapists can provide it.

In addition to the ancient art of acupuncture, physiotherapists practice dry needling, a newer technique which can relieve neck and hip pain, as well as muscle pain following knee replacements and ankle sprains. Copeman physiotherapists can do it all under one roof, saving you time and money.

3. Athletic taping

Athletes around the world are taping up. Olympian Kerri Walsh Jennings, of Team USA beach volleyball, and LPGA golf legend, Michelle Wie are just a few of many athletes who use injury tape for pain relief.

Taping is used in injury conditions such as plantar fasciitis, ankle sprains, knee pain and shoulder impingement, and can help prevent injury as much as it supports recovery. Taping for pain relief and support can be the difference between being able to walk, run and play sports comfortably, or agitating a previous injury.

Just remember, if you’re suffering from vertigo, a nagging injury, or muscle pain, it’s best to control the pain before it gets worse.

 

 

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