Physiotherapy examination with the doctor is important

Spinal and joint pains no longer only involve older people. Today, a lot of young people feel back pain, muscle and joint pain, frequent headaches or stinging insacral spine. If these problems are not related to post-traumatic or post-operative conditions, these may be functional disorders of the musculoskeletal system caused by unilateral load at work or in sports.

Some deal with painful conditions of the musculoskeletal pain with medication, prescribe themselves exercises and strive to overcome the pain with their help. They practice at home, do strengthening exercises in the gym, or try to run to get rid of the pain. They like to discuss their difficulties on the Internet, with friends during a coffee or a beer at the local pub. It should be noted, however, that the exercises that help your friends may not help you, and may even make your condition worse.

In case of lingering problems with the musculoskeletal system, there is no need to hesitate. The best solution is to undergo a thorough physiotherapy examination.

 MD. Natália Porubcová, a doctor specializing in physical medicine, balneology and medical rehabilitation is ready to help you at our centre.


What is physiotherapy examination and how it takes place

Physiotherapy examination is a set of medical procedures, which allow the physician to determine the extent of damage to the musculoskeletal system and bodily functions. After the examination, the physician suggests a procedure to restore the physiological function.

It is not an examination you must specially prepare for. It consists of a talk between the client and the physician, and subsequent examinations. The talk is focused on finding the history of the client. The physician is interested in problems or difficulties you have, the time from when you experience problems, or discovers what problems arose. He will ask about your profession you perform, whether you do any sport, whether you have previously experienced similar problems, and if you had an injury or fracture.

This is followed by the actual examination. During the examination, the client is in underwear. The physician assesses the client's posture while standing, walking, checks the ranges of joint and spine motion when bending forward, back and to the side. These are few procedures, during which the physician can see how your body is doing.

Passive flexibility of the client is examined in a supine position. The client lies down on the bed, the physician moves the limbs of the client and determines the joint flexibility, and observes the imbalances. The physician can use a variety of medical devices, for example, centimetre, protractor, and the like. The physician pays special attention to problem areas and joints where you experience difficulties.

You will be informed about the examination result immediately after the examination. The physician determines the diagnosis and the method of treatment in the medical report. An individual treatment plan consists most often of physiotherapy treatments, exercises and physical therapy (ultrasound, electrotherapy, laser, magnetic therapy, etc.). If necessary, your physician refers you to other special examinations, most often to an X-ray, CT or MRI examination.

 You should not miss a follow-up physiotherapy examination 

The date of follow-up examination will be determined already at your first visit, most often after taking all prescribed therapies. However, if you feel that despite following all recommendations your problems got worse,or that the medical procedure is simply not suitable for you, do not wait and see the doctor again. Check-up tests are part of physiotherapy treatment. According to your state of health, the physician assesses the appropriateness of therapies, and modifies or alters the treatment plan.

Do not wait after the examination

Choose a physical therapist or rehabilitation worker who will help you with healing. The proper care and treatment, regular and especially suitable exercises solve your health problems. The duration of rehabilitation varies, depending on the health problem, but mainly on your participation in the treatment. Do not underestimate the home exercises, and follow the recommendations of the doctor and the physiotherapist.

Your active participation, persistency and responsibility for your own health can accelerate your treatment, help maintain your physical condition and support your overall health.