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When To See A Physiotherapist

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by | Oct 30, 2021

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We are located in Dublin, Ireland, and are made up of a team of physiotherapists and chiropractors. We strive to help you achieve better through our holistic, integrated approach, which means we consider all aspects of health – physical, emotional, and social well-being.

We provide care in many different areas such as sports injuries & rehabilitation; musculoskeletal conditions; neurological disorders; post-operative recovery.

When To See A Physiotherapist

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When to see a physiotherapist? The question is not as simple as it sounds. A physiotherapist can help with many different ailments and injuries, from headaches to sports injuries, but deciding when you need to see a physiotherapist can be difficult.

This blog post will give you insight into what conditions require the care of a physiotherapist, and how Dublin Physio & Chiropractic has helped people in Dublin feel better, sleep better, and simply function better in day-to-day tasks or sports performance.

When Should I See Physiotherapist?

There are several scenarios in which you might consider seeing a physiotherapist. In general, it is a good idea to see a physiotherapist when you have joint or muscle pain, stiffness or tension in muscles or joints, numbness or tingling, and unsure of the cause or driver of these symptoms, and want full resolution. Here are several scenarios, but the list could go and go:

  • If your symptoms don’t seem to be reducing on their own over the subsequent days following an accident or injury, or your symptoms are worsening.
  • If you have recently had surgery and need post-operative physiotherapy to return to normal functioning and everyday life.
  • If you have suffered a sports injury (i.e an ACL tear or ankle sprain).
  • If you suffer from headaches or migraines.
  • If you want to understand your condition and manage it better (i.e arthritis or fibromyalgia).
  • If you need pre and post-operative care for a knee or hip replacement.
  • If your back pain and neck pain that keeps coming back and you want to resolve it for good.
  • If you want advice on how to improve your sleep quality.
  • If you are experiencing symptoms such as pelvic and back pain or swelling around the ankles during pregnancy.

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It is important to know when to see a physiotherapist and if a physiotherapist is a right professional to address the symptoms you are experiencing. During your first session with a physiotherapist – they will go through your history and perform a thorough assessment to determine if you are in the right place.

What Conditions Do Physiotherapists Treat?

Physiotherapists can effectively treat a wide range of conditions. Some of the most common conditions addressed by a physiotherapist include:

  • Headaches and migraines.
  • Shoulder pain, rotator cuff injuries, frozen shoulder.
  • Shin Splints & Ankle Sprains.
  • Back Pain & Sciatica

At Dublin Physio & Chiropractic all our interventions and treatment options are non-surgical, drug-free, and work with the body, not against it to achieve the best outcomes for our clients so they can achieve their goals.

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If you are in Dublin, Ireland, and would like to know more about when to see a physiotherapist or the benefits of seeing one at our practice – contact us today for more information.

Should I See A Physiotherapist Or An Osteopath?

A physiotherapist is a physical therapist who helps with conditions like back pain, sports injuries, and recovering from surgery.

An osteopath also treats musculoskeletal problems by using movement and massage to relieve tension in the body’s muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints, and bones.

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A physiotherapy clinic offers specific services for each client they treat, depending on the patient’s condition.

At Dublin Physio & Chiropractic we can provide a full physiotherapy assessment to determine how best to help you achieve your goals and recover from injury or surgery, or manage symptoms associated with chronic conditions.

Should I Just Stretch It Out?

If you have recurrent symptoms of pain or stiffness, and stretches don’t seem to be cutting it, maybe it is time to see a physiotherapist.

They are many stretches and exercises online to help with pain and stiffness, however, it is very important to perform them correctly, with the correct form, duration, and frequency. Or perhaps stretching isn’t the answer, and strengthening the area is more applicable to the cause of your symptoms.

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How Dublin Physio & Chiropractic Can Help

Our physiotherapists at Dublin Physio & Chiropractic are experts in treating orthopedic problems like back and neck pain, headaches, and other issues, like ankle sprains and arthritis. At Dublin Physio & Chiropractic we treat or help these conditions with a range of integrated and effective interventions such as:

These interventions effectively reduce pain, stiffness, swelling, increase range of motion, and improve function for the best outcomes.

Long-Term Relief And Restoration Of Function In Dublin, Ireland

Physiotherapy reduces pain, stiffness, swelling, manages back and neck pain, restores function post-operatively, gets you back to sports, but most importantly they promote and facilitate long-term well-being. Prevention is a huge part of what we do as physiotherapists.

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Preventing flare-ups and recurrent symptoms, but also prevention of the onset of symptoms in the first place. You do want to spend your youth working – and your later years paying to get your health back. Just keep it.

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So if you are wondering, when should I see a physiotherapist? Or what is the difference between an osteopath and a physiotherapist?, contact Dublin Physio & Chiropractic today. Let’s work together to get you feeling better, with a spring in your step.


[1] https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/15301982/

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