Orthopaedic rehabilitation is a field of medical rehabilitation that deals with restoring the functionality of the organs within the musculoskeletal system. Thanks to specialist diagnostics and extensive therapy, rehabilitation in orthopaedics makes it possible to bring patients back to full physical fitness after injuries, diseases or surgeries. This way, it enables safe return to daily activities – and even sports.
Rehabilitation in orthopaedics is a necessary stage for patients to regain mobility after injuries or surgeries. Manual therapy or physiotherapy combined with regular exercises recommended by a specialist can bring expected results in a short time. Rehabilitation may also prevent further injuries. If you also need help in restoring your full fitness, use orthopaedic rehabilitation at ENEL-SPORT facilities in Warsaw or Łódź.
When to visit a specialist?
Orthopaedic rehabilitation can be understood both as a separate treatment of the locomotor system as well as an essential component of post-traumatic or post-operative recovery. Make an appointment with a specialist if you:
- have suffered injuries to the locomotor system (bones, joints, muscles or spine),
- have a congenital or acquired dysfunction of the locomotor system
- have undergone any inflammation of the locomotor system,
- have degenerative lesions in the locomotive organs,
- have suffered from cancer of any locomotive organs,
- have undergone surgery of the locomotor system (e.g. prosthetic implants of upper or lower limbs),
- struggle with consequences of hormonal changes that affect the locomotor system.
The appointment is available for adults – both those who have already completed their orthopaedic treatment as well as the patients currently undergoing treatment. Orthopaedic rehabilitation is also aimed at people who have permanent problems with the locomotor system, e.g. problems with movement or they suffer from recurring pains in the spine. This also applies to patients who do sports (professionally or as a hobby). Due to the nature and type of proposed treatments, the youngest patients should take part in dedicated rehabilitation for children and young people together with their parents.
For symptoms other than those listed above, i.e. in the case of lesions and/or pain while chewing or biting, in ears or tongue, please choose dental rehabilitation instead.
What does the visit look like?
Orthopaedic rehabilitation is usually preceded by a consultation with an orthopaedist. Please note that there is no need for a referral in order to use orthopaedic rehabilitation services in Warsaw or Łódź at ENEL-SPORT facilities.
During your first visit, the specialist will collect your history and then diagnose the problem based on the interview and medical records. You can also be asked to use designated equipment that resembles the one in the gym: this way the specialist will know your body’s capabilities and limitations. Therefore, remember to take the following items with you for your first appointment:
- an identification document,
- full medical records available,
- a hospital discharge summary (in the case of orthopaedic rehabilitation after a surgery),
- a referral from a doctor (if available),
- footwear for change,
- comfortable sports outfit (tracksuit or loose shorts and a T-shirt).
In order to ensure the proper diagnostics, please remember that the sportswear must not restrict your movements. It should also enable the doctor free access to those parts of your body that require rehabilitation (e.g. in the case of knee problems, it is better to wear gym shorts).
During the first visit, the specialist will determine the form and length of your orthopaedic rehabilitation. In addition, they will let you know how often they will need to see you for a check-up of the area of the body undergoing rehabilitation, thus requiring further visits.
The form and frequency of procedures depend on past diseases and your individual situation. Rehabilitation in orthopaedics consists of the following, among others:
- physical therapy: treatment by means of physical stimuli (e.g. electrical impulses) emitted by high-end devices (e.g. Winback Tecar, Deep Oscillation, Shockwave or Compex);
- manual therapy: appropriate compression of selected areas on the body, performed by an experienced physiotherapist using their knowledge gained during the latest courses and trainings in orthopaedics;
- functional exercises: exercises performed on modern equipment (e.g. Kaiser, Biodex Balance, Fitter and Red Cord) that quickly, effectively and safely restore efficiency of your locomotor system.
Extensive orthopaedic rehabilitation improves the locomotive organs as well as ensures the safe restoration of your physical activity.