According to the CSP(Chartered society of Physiotherapy)
Physiotherapy is a healthcare profession that helps restore movement and function when someone is affected by injury, illness or disability.
What physiotherapists do?
Physiotherapists help people affected by injury, illness or disability through movement and exercise, manual therapy, education and advice. (by the CSP)
A Physiotherapist uses a combination of manual therapy techniques to restore range of motion and reduce pain. There are different Techniques that we use, from sports and remedial massage, joint mobilisations to spinal manipulation, with the aim of restoring movement and proprioception.
Here is a list of common pains that can be fixed with physiotherapy.
- Sport injuries pain
- Shoulder pain
- Neck Pain
- Back Pain
- Ankle Sprains
- Achilles tendonitis
- Knee pain
- Low back pain
- Jumpers knee/Patellar Tendonitis
- Runners Knee/ITBand Syndrome
- ACL tears and post surgical rehabilitation
- Meniscus/Knee Cartilage injuries and post surgical rehabilitation
- MCL/LCL tears
- Patellofemoral syndrome
- Osgood’s Schlatter Syndrome
For instance, Physical Rehabilitation is focused on treating differents injuries and issues that we might have, divided in different areas:
- Physical therapy to help your strength, mobility and fitness
- Occupational therapy to help you with your daily activities
The type of therapy and goals are different for each patient, depending on your age and what the pain are you suffering from.
Physiotherapy VS Sports Physiotherapy, what´s the difference?
Most of our clients sometimes ask us what’s the main difference between Physiotherapy and Sports Therapy?
The real truth is that both professions are trained to treat musculoskeletal disorders and both have the same purpose. Hoewer there are some differences in their approach and training.
In this article, we want to explain you what are the similarities and the differences between Physiotherapist and Sports Therapists.
The similarities are that both are focused on helping, restoring, maintaining and maximising movement, relieving pain and helping improve their quality of life.
Both professionals possess skills and knowledge to:
- Asses and diagnosed any pain or injuries
- Deliver a tailored treatment to maximise movement
- Teach and train patients on how to reduce and manage pain
- Implement rehabilitations plans
Other services that both can provide are:
What are the main differences?
- Physiotherapist have a broader medical knowledge than Sports Physiotherapists, making them capable of treating illnesses, diseases, neurological and respiratory issues.
- Sport Therapists are more specialised in treating sport injuries.
- Physiotherapist are focused on recovering people for their day-to-day life, whereas Sport Therapists help you to improve or mantain a required physical lever aligned with the sport they are doing.
- Sports Massage Therapists would be more useful for patients that want to get back to their fit.
In our team of physiotherapists in Manchester we have both type of specialists.
They are train to assess you and help you get back to your best in no time!