About our Physiotherapy Services

Physiotherapy (also known as Physical Therapy) is a healthcare profession that aims to identify a patient’s functional needs, and apply individualized treatment plans to restore, enhance and/or maintain mobility. The ultimate goal of therapy is pain free function; whether after an injury or surgery, during sports and exercise, whilst performing daily living tasks, or during recreational activities and work duties – as well as the prevention of injuries across all these areas of daily life.

Our Physiotherapy Department at FSRI features a team of highly trained international and local physiotherapists, offering a range of specialized services to treat and manage issues related to the musculoskeletal system.

Some of the conditions our physiotherapy department treats include:

  • Sports injuries
  • Post-Surgical : joint replacements (hip, knee, shoulder), ligament reconstructions, disc surgeries, bone fixations/fracture repair, muscle tear repairs, meniscal surgeries, joint fusions
  • Painful conditions of the neck and back from disc problems causing local pain and/or numbness and tingling referring to the arms and/or legs
  • Myofascial Pain - pain that occurs in the musculoskeletal system without any obvious cause
  • Arthritis and arthritic related pain
  • Whiplash and other injuries from MVA (Motor Vehicle Accidents)
  • Work related injuries, such as repetitive strain including chronic neck tightness, carpal tunnel syndrome, or headaches from desk/computer work
  • Headaches : our treatment focuses on determining the type of headache, i.e. migraine versus neck dysfunction being the root cause (cervicogenic)
  • Dizziness : our treatment focuses on determining the root cause, i.e. neck dysfunction (cervicogenic)
  • Posture
  • TMJ - Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction

Musculoskeletal / Orthopedic Physiotherapy

Musculoskeletal or orthopedic physiotherapy is treatment performed for any injury or pain caused by dysfunction in bones, joints, discs, muscles, and/or nerves - from head to toe. Theses dysfunctions can be as a result of injury, repetitive and sudden strain, postural issues, or post-surgical problems.

At FSRI, we are focused on manual therapy and exercise as the main treatment approach to correct dysfunctions, with the aim to reduce or eliminate pain. Manual therapy involves hands-on treatment to the affected area, by moving the surrounding bones, joints, and muscles either through stretching tight muscles and nerves, or mobilizing (moving) stiff joints with graded amounts of movement, or through manipulation (which is a high velocity, low amplitude thrust to a stiff joint).

Other treatment techniques frequently used at our clinic, concurrently with manual therapy, include:

  • Individualized and supervised exercise programs
  • Groups exercise programs (i.e. Pilates Back Class, Hip & Knee Class)
  • Acupuncture
  • Dry Needling (DN)
  • Taping -use of specialized tape to hold and guide muscles and joints into correct positions
  • Mechanical Cervical & Lumbar Traction - a machine is used to provide a gentle and consistent stretch to the neck or back joints, in order to help alleviate disc and nerve pain, caused by a disc bulge and/or joint compression
  • Modalities - this involves the use of machines such as ultrasound, electrical current, and laser stimulate circulation; useful only with acute injuries

At FSRI, we also offer a number of specialized physiotherapy services, including the following:

Acupuncture: Insertion of needles into the muscles to treat imbalances in the body’s energy (referred to as De Chi by Chinese Medicine), and based on points mapped out on meridians. In our clinic setting, acupuncture can be used to treat all dysfunction and pain of a musculoskeletal nature, including migraines.

Dry Needling (DN): Taking the standard acupuncture technique to a more advanced level, dry needling (DN) is based on anatomy and neurophysiology. Instead of meridians, DN involves treatment for myofascial pain syndromes through the insertion of acupuncture needles into the trigger points (chronically tight bands in a muscle), to desensitize the muscle therefore reducing pain. It is useful for all musculoskeletal dysfunction and pain, especially chronic problems.

Manipulation: This is a manual treatment applied to a joint, which uses a high velocity, low amplitude controlled movement, aimed at increasing joint mobility and reducing pain.

Home Visits: Special arrangements can be made to provide treatment at home for patients with certain conditions or physical disabilities that prevent them from seeking treatment at the clinic.

Neurological Physiotherapy: Physiotherapy treatment programs consisting of a combination of therapeutic techniques, specifically designed for patients suffering from neurological disorders such as stroke, head injuries, multiple sclerosis (MS), and Parkinson’s disease; to name a few.

Geriatric/Elderly Care: This is a specialized area of therapy that focuses on managing and treating a number of conditions and problems associated with aging, where patients are seen by physiotherapists dedicated to the growing needs of the elderly population. The focus of physiotherapy here is not only to treat any musculoskeletal problems, but also the prevention of future injuries.

Ergonomic Assessment: Assessing work station set up, then rearranging and structuring the work station to relieve and prevent repetitive strain.

Women’s Health: This specific branch of physiotherapy addresses issues specific to women, and involves things such as pelvic exams, behavioral and exercise education for treating urinary incontinence, pelvic pain and sexual dysfunction in women; as well as all of woman’s musculoskeletal needs pre and post-natal.

Regardless of the issue or problem, the goal of our physiotherapists is to develop specialized and individualized treatment plans. The appropriate treatment plan is created after a thorough subjective history taking and a biomechanical assessment.

During the subjective history stage, our physiotherapists will ask a number of questions to construct a complete medical history and background, determine current complaints and problems, and identify treatment goals. Our therapists will then perform a biomechanical examination which consists of a number of tests and screenings, including palpation, range of motion test, muscle testing, neurological screening, posture assessment and other specialized tests. The final treatment plan is subsequently developed with the patient's input; this includes frequency and duration of treatment, home and supervised exercise programs, patient education, short-term/long-term goals, and post-therapy expectations.

Our physiotherapists are supported by a team of allied health professionals in the areas of occupational therapy, speech therapy, exercise prescription and kinesiology, sports massage, and alternative therapies such as Reiki and lymphatic drainage – as well as the physicians at our medical clinic. Patients suffering from trauma or needing lifestyle changes to improve their health outcomes can also utilize the services of our psychological department. Additionally, the physicians at our medical clinic are always on hand to support with any medical concerns.

Contact Us

Address:

Amaia Residence, Block 9, Bldg 7, Floor 2 Baghdad Street, Salmiya, Kuwait P.O. Box: 24472, Safat 13015 Kuwait

Phone: +965 2572-0338 / 2572-1757

Fax: +965 2572 1677

Email: info@fsrikuwait.org

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