The Rehabilitation Rollercoaster Ride

Natasha Tungare,

Senior Neuropaediatric Physiotherapist

“We are Physiotherapists, of course, we will correct your incorrect posture.”

“We are Physiotherapists, of course, we will analyse the Gait of people walking around us.”

People have many answers to what is the role of a physiotherapist, based on their own experiences with a physio. Some might say, ‘Oh my physio helped me to recover my back pain with exercises and electrical modalities.’ Some say, ‘Oh dear, physiotherapy exercises never helped me. Rather I pop some painkillers in and my pain vanishes’. And then some say, ‘My physio helped me do those things, which I was unable to do due to my injury.’ And as a physiotherapist, I believe that’s how we define the role of rehabilitation- Getting you back on your feet!

There are numerous challenges that any physiotherapist faces, just like any other healthcare professional. One significant obstacle is the complex nature of neurological conditions themselves. Each patient presents with a distinct combination of symptoms, limitations, and goals, making it challenging to devise standardised treatment plans. Moreover, neurological rehabilitation often requires a long-term commitment, as progress can be slow and incremental. This prolonged healing process can be frustrating for both patients and their families, leading to feelings of discouragement and demotivation.

 Constant communication with patients and their families is essential. Communication breakdowns can also hinder the rehabilitation process. Also, effective collaboration with other healthcare professionals, such as doctors, occupational therapists, and speech therapists, is essential for comprehensive care. As a Neuro-Paediatric Physiotherapist, these challenges add up to a long list when it comes to treating a little child with a complex neurological condition.

Furthermore, engaging patients in their rehabilitation can be challenging, particularly if they lack motivation or are resistant to change. Neurological conditions can significantly impact a person’s physical and cognitive abilities, which may affect their willingness or ability to participate fully in therapy. Every exercise or movement has a purpose and that is exactly what we Physiotherapists need to make the patient understand.

Addressing these challenges requires a multifaceted approach. Effective communication strategies, such as regular team meetings and clear documentation, help streamline coordination among healthcare professionals. Additionally, involving patients and their families in the decision-making process and setting realistic goals can enhance motivation and engagement. 

There is no hierarchy of importance when it comes to healthcare. Every aspect of your healthcare is taken care of by different professionals. The stroke patient would equally need his Neurologist, Neuro-physiotherapist and Speech and Language therapist. All healthcare specialists have a common goal and that is to get their patients healed and keep them healthy.

Ultimately, improving caregiving in neuro-physiotherapy requires a holistic approach that addresses the physical, emotional, and social aspects of rehabilitation. I would always say that ‘To become a Physiotherapist might not always be everyone’s first choice, but to become a reliable and good Physiotherapist should be the ultimate choice.’

Keywords: Neuro physiotherapy, Rehabilitation Challenges

You may also like...

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *