Urgent how to know if my pain condition is severe to see a physiotherapist

A good time to see a physiotherapist is when you’re experiencing severe pain (in any joint) which you have not experienced before. If your usual pain relieving method does not work, or if your pain does not go away after a day or two, it is best that you seek professional help either from a doctor or a physiotherapist. A physiotherapist will be able to analyse and hypothesise the cause of your pain and prevent any further problems or complications. Also, they will be able to recognise symptoms of pathology that may potentially be dangerous or more sinister in nature and refer you to an appropriate specialist doctor. Therefore, it is recommended to seek help from a physiotherapist if you feel something is not right with your body!!

Here are a few common symptoms that suggest a pathology that is more than just a common musculoskeletal conditions:

– Pain results from fall, accidents, sudden impact, lifting heavy objects
– Muscle weakness or decreased muscle bulk
– Fever and unexplained weight loss
– Bladder or bowel dysfunction
– Progressive neurological deficit (Eg numbness, tingling down arms or legs)
– Constant night pain
– Difficulty sleeping

– Age of onset <20 years or >55 years
– History of cancer
– Ill health or presence of other medical illness
– Disturbed gait, numbness in the saddle region

If any of these red flag signs are present, we strongly advise you to seek immediate attention from your doctor or physiotherapist and to rest and avoid physical activity.

If no red flags are present, a good assessment by a physiotherapist is still recommended to ensure that you get a proper diagnosis and be put on an appropriate recovery program. However, the success your recovery is dependent on how fast you take action to treat your pain. The longer you delay seeking treatment, the longer you will take to recover.

A full recovery from a pain episode is likely if you seek our treatment early to ease your pain and repair injured tissues. We urge you to take action now and speak to our physiotherapist about your pain condition. Call today at 67355368.

Don’t torture yourself another day with your pain!



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