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Rehabilitation

Rehabilitation is a type of physical therapy that helps patients recover from surgery,trauma or ailments as swiftly and completely as possible. It can be considered as a re-alignment of the body back to normal functioning. The ultimate aim of rehabilitation is to improve the daily life and functioning of an individual. The abilities that can potentially be improved are physical, mental and cognitive.

There are different types of rehabilitation including but not limited to – Neurological Rehabilitation – Orthopedic Rehabilitation – Pediatric Rehabilitation’ – Cardiac Rehabilitation – Geriatric Rehabilitation

Rehabilitation is usually carried about by Physiotherapists. They use a patient’s extensive history, diagnosis, physical examination and necessary lab tests / imaging to formulate a management plan tailored specifically for the particular individual.

Hospital Stay: Hospital Stay: Varies according to patient
Duration: Duration: Varies according to patient
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Rehabilitation is targeted towards patients whose daily life and functioning has been affected. Causes may include: Trauma – Injuries, Fractures, Wounds, Burns Lost function following medical conditions or surgery Stroke – A loss of blood supply to the brain commonly because of a block in a blood vessel. Infections that have resulted in organ impairment Side effects from treatments Birth Defects and Genetic Disorders like Cleft Lip / Palate , Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophies Chronic Pain – Back, Neck, Knee

As an example, a patient who suffered a heart attack can undergo cardiac rehabilitation to return to an active lifestyle. A patient that had spine surgery and has difficulty walking can undergo orthopaedic rehabilitation to improve walking.

Neurologic Rehabilitation

Includes Stroke Rehabilitation, Spinal Cord Injury, Traumatic Brain Injury. The treatments offered to the patients during rehabilitation are as follows:

  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech and Swallow Therapy
  • Robotics Technology
  • Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy
  • Bladder and Bowel Training

TBI survivors are monitored closely by trained therapists to prepare a comprehensive rehabilitation plan that best suits their needs. Their road to recovery is dutifully monitored through a variety of exercise programs and therapies designed to help regain their normal coordination and independence.

Orthopedic rehabilitation Includes management of pain, constant medication, limb exercises, balance training, and physiotherapy, to help re-integrate patients into their normal independent lives.

Pediatric Rehabilitation Includes physiotherapy, speech and swallowing therapy, occupational therapy, and cognitive behavioural therapy, all of which are aimed at improving cognitive skills, speech abilities, balance and coordination of the children. Every child is provided with a personalised treatment plan and diet chart to help them develop in the best possible way. Toddlers who suffer from muscular dystrophies are provided regular medication and nutrition along with rehabilitation facilities like physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech and swallow therapy, postural correction, core stabilisation and balancing exercises, and sensory processing, so that they regain their musculoskeletal independence.

Geriatric Rehabilitation Involves pain control, physiotherapies, relaxation training, counselling, nutritional formatting, yoga, and medication,traction, balance training exercises, joint mobilisation, correction of body mechanics, soft tissue mobilisation, aquatic physical therapy.

 

There are several causes of back pain, but the pain can usually be controlled if the exact cause is established. The most common causes include cramps, bulging disc, degenerative disc disease, stress fractures , ankylosing spondylosis

It varies with each individual scenario. Soft tissues take 6 – 8 weeks to heal, so most plans are worked out keeping that in mind.

Massage aims to provide immediate relief but is temporary. Rehabilitation is the exact opposite, and aims to provide long term relief.

If you experience the following subtle signs, you may consider undergoing rehabilitation. Recent loss of balance Pain while sitting for long periods Being in constant pain regardless of posture Difficulty controlling bladder/bowel movements Not being able to move as easily as you used to

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