Upwards of 100,000 and 120,000 patients were received at the orthopaedic division of Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) Outpatient Physiotherapy Department during 2017 and 2018 respectively, it was announced Sunday.
The Physiotherapy Department, which provides treatments to individuals with mobility challenges, impairments, and disabilities, aged from 14 to 70 years, saw more than 12,000 new patients at its Outpatient Physiotherapy Clinics in 2017 and over 15,000 in 2018. Providing postoperative and post-traumatic physiotherapy management, the department offers specialised care to individuals with orthopaedic, neurosurgical, and spine disorders, including patients recovering from surgery or trauma.
“Physiotherapy is a form of physical therapy that uses exercise and equipment and helps allow people to restore or improve their body’s functioning abilities,” Noora Essa al-Mudehka, chief physiotherapist and head of the Physiotherapy Department, said. “It is a specialty that treats injury, disease, and disorders through physical movement such as exercise, manual therapy, and physical manipulation, versus medication and surgery,” she explained.
According to al-Mudehka, physiotherapy and physical therapy are used to treat different parts of the body for a variety of reasons. Physiotherapy has become an essential part of the rehabilitation process for patients recovering from an accident or illness. “Physiotherapy can be used to treat injuries, whether they are from sports, day-to-day activities, work-related, or resulting from an automobile accident such as breaks, sprains, and back and neck pain. Physiotherapy is also used in the treatment of more serious medical conditions, such as arthritis, muscular dystrophy, neurological disorders, and heart and stroke rehabilitation,” she said.
HMC’s orthopedic physical therapy specialists are highly trained health professionals who provide high-quality treatment, the official pointed out. “Our aim is to improve a person's quality of life by using a variety of treatments to alleviate pain and restore function or, in the case of permanent injury or disease, to lessen the effects of any dysfunction.
“Physiotherapy has been effectively used to successfully treat patients with a number of conditions, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, carpal tunnel syndrome, rotator cuff tears, and sports-related injuries. “Physiotherapy can also be effective for treating neurological conditions such as stroke, spinal cord injuries, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, vestibular dysfunction, and traumatic brain injuries.
“Patients with burns, and who have wounds and diabetic ulcers, can also benefit from physiotherapy and physical therapy,” she added.
HMC’s Physiotherapy Department operates across multiple sites, providing care to patients at all HMC facilities. The ultimate goal of physiotherapy is to help patients regain maximum self-sufficiency and function.