Physiotherapy for inflammation

Physiotherapy for inflammation

The body’s attempt at self-protection is inflammation. The purpose of any kind of inflammation is to remove harmful stimuli – including damaged cells, irritants or pathogens – and start the healing process. 

When there is some harmful effect on any part of our body, there is a biological reaction that tries to remove it. Signs and symptoms of inflammation, especially acute inflammation, suggest that the body is trying to heal itself.

Infection and inflammation are two different things. An infection can cause inflammation, because an infection is caused by a bacterium, virus, or fungus, while inflammation is a body reaction. Inflammatory process is an essential part of the body’s immune response. 

Initially, it is beneficial when your knee is injured and tissues require care and protection. However, sometimes inflammation can be self-permanent and cause further damage. Inflammation is not a pathological condition in itself, but the body’s response to tissue damage. Inflammatory cells remove debris and pull wound cells to the injury site.

Symptoms of Inflammation:

Treatment at Physiocure

We assess, diagnose & treat disorders & injuries of the musculoskeletal system. The commonly used techniques include heat therapy, cold therapy, electrical stimulation, traction. Massage therapy is generally not recommended for inflammation. For therapist, whether using heat or cold therapy is often a personal choice, although cold therapy seems to be more effective for acute pain.

Heat therapy

Heat therapy helps in increasing the blood flow and makes connective tissue more flexible. Temporarily, it reduces joint stiffness, pain, and muscle spasms. Heat also helps reduce inflammation and fluid buildup in tissues (edema). Generally, heat therapy is used to treat inflammation – including arthritis, muscle cramps and sprains and various forms of strains.

Cold medicine

Applying a cold pack can relieve numb tissue and muscle spasms, pain due to injuries, lower back pain or swelling that has recently developed. Icing can be applied using an ice bag or a cold pack. Physiotherapists limit the time and amount of exposure to cold to avoid damaging tissues and lower body temperature due to hypothermia.

Electrical stimulation

Due to peripheral nerve injury, spinal disorders or strokes, the muscles may lack proper nerve input. In such cases, the muscles can be removed quickly (atrophy) and become stiff and narrow (spastic). Electrical stimulation by electrodes causes the muscles to contract, that helps prevent atrophy and spasticity.

Swelling is not a big weirdo; However, it is certainly considered to be the earliest. The best approach is to reach a physiotherapist. Our professional physiotherapists are well trained and experienced to help you get out of any inflammatory injury.

Call +1 310 500 7834 and speak to any of our office staff to learn more or schedule an appointment.