Physiotherapy is a therapeutic health profession concerned with enhancing mobility and the quality of life of a person who may have been affected physically in one way or another.
This is done through an assessment of abnormalities in movements of the body, treatment of the problem areas and prevention of further abnormalities. Physiotherapists aim to help people gain as much movement and physical independence as possible so that they are able to resume their normal job or lifestyle, where possible.
The scope of physiotherapy is wide and ranges from health promotion to injury prevention; and acute post-injury or surgery management to the management of chronic conditions.
Physiotherapists have to undergo a 3 or 4-year undergraduate physiotherapy program in a recognized school to be competent. They study medical science subjects such as anatomy, neuroscience, physiology, kinesiology, and other physiotherapy related fields concerning assessment, treatment and clinical reasoning, in order to make them experts in examination and treatment of musculoskeletal, neurological and cardiothoracic problems that affect people's abilities to move or function as they normally would.
How can physiotherapy help you?
If you have a problem with moving or performing certain activities due to pain, weakness, loss of balance or other reasons, the physiotherapist will perform an assessment, make a diagnosis where necessary, and outline a management plan to optimise your abilities. At Tan Tock Seng Hospital, we offer a broad range of services targeted at people with various conditions or problems. Physiotherapy services are available to both patients admitted in the wards and those who come for outpatient therapy.