Physiotherapy management and intervention for post-operative patients includes:
o Fracture repairs and ligament reconstructions (surgical patients)
o Hemi-laminectomy to relieve disc compression of the spinal cord (neurological patients)
o Pneumonia (critical care patients)
The challenges and goals for surgical patients include:
o Maintaining joint range of motion and muscle length to ensure the patient returns to the fullest level of function
o To improve strength and balance using specific exercises
o To improve stamina by pacing the rehabilitation programmes
The challenges and goals for neurological patients include:
o Maintaining joint range of motion and muscle length, this is crucial in recumbent patients as joints can become inflamed leading to stiffness, muscles can become imbalanced resulting in tight / short flexors and weak extensors resulting in a patient who may have the ability to ambulate, but doesn’t because he has developed preventable joint and muscle secondary changes.
o Neurological patients tend to recover voluntary motor function, then strength and finally balance. The lecture will outline the stages of rehabilitation for early, mid and late stages, to return the patient back to the highest level of function.
An accurate patient assessment of the respiratory patient is essential to establish an effective treatment plan. The webinar with guide you through physiotherapy assessment, treatment and outcome measures for patients with:
o Retention of secretions (pneumonia)
o Ventilation / perfusion (V/Q) mis-matching