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How Physiotherapy Helps Hospitalised Patients with Reduced Mobility

Mobility becomes an issue for people going through prolonged hospital stays. Whatever the medical reason might be, physiotherapy is super important in regaining your ability to walk. Remaining active within the confines of the hospital is difficult. Yet, this very thing is crucial for your recovery and long-term health.

Our specially designed regimens help hospitalised or bedridden patients get stronger and move better. Our physiotherapists work with each patient to make a customised plan. These plans help you get your strength back and keep your joints moving. It also helps you move around safely and do more things on your own so you’re ready to go home.

Hospital stays can be long and exhausting. Physiotherapy is a big part of helping patients in the hospital or care homes not just get better, but also feel better. It’s all about giving you the best care and helping you have a better quality of life.

The Critical Role of Physiotherapy in Hospitals

Physiotherapy in hospital settings helps you maintain your physical well-being, even when your mobility is limited. It’s a way for bedridden patients to continue strengthening their bodies and boost their circulation.

Our tailored exercise programs are how healthcare professionals help immobile patients engage their bodies. After assessing your mobility level, our physiotherapists design personalised routines for effective healing and preventing complications.

Specific exercises are required if you want to stay active in bed. They focus on activating different muscle groups without the need for standing or walking. Our physiotherapists collaborate closely with the medical team to tailor exercises that complement your treatment plan. Here’s how physiotherapy helps hospital-bound patients:

Maintaining Muscle Tone and Circulation

In hospital settings, our physiotherapists design exercises that help maintain your muscle mass as much as possible. We tailor the exercises to each patient’s ability. These exercises focus on keeping your muscles strong and blood circulating properly. Some movement is crucial for preventing muscle weakness and poor circulation.

You can perform simple movements like lifting and rotating your legs to maintain lower body strength and improve blood flow. Arm and upper body exercises for hospitalised patients also help keep the upper body muscles active. These activities give you a way to get the necessary exercise, maintain your health and aid in your recovery process.

Preventing Muscle Atrophy

To stop muscles from getting weaker, our physiotherapists use a step-by-step approach to get you moving more and more. This might look something like this:

  • It starts with passive exercises, where the therapist helps move your limbs,
  • Next, they move on to active-assisted exercises where you do some of the work.
  • The final stage is active exercises. These exercises you can do independently on your own.

Using different equipment like resistance bands or therapy balls also helps a lot. These tools can make muscles work harder and stay strong,  even when you have limited mobility.

Pressure Sore Prevention

When you stay in one position too long, you become prone to bed sores. Our physiotherapists play a big part in stopping pressure sores. They teach patients and nurses the importance of changing positions regularly. This way, pressure sores can be prevented because no part of the body has too much pressure on it for too long.

Our therapists also check your skin for any signs of sores and use special cushions that allow air flow to help keep the skin healthy.

Enhancing Patient Engagement and Motivation

Getting patients involved in their care is essential for healing. When you understand why you’re doing certain exercises, you’re more likely to keep up with therapy. Our physiotherapists help you track progress and set goals that you can actually achieve.

Our trained professionals also find ways to make therapy interesting and meaningful; a much-needed component for patients who need to stay in the hospital for a long time. This could be through games, tasks, or just helping you see how much you’re improving. The mission is to keep you motivated and in a positive mindset.

Patient testimonial for rehab at Clearcut Physiotherapy in London.

Seamless Transition: Crafting a Post-Discharge Physiotherapy Plan

Your care doesn’t stop when it’s time for you to leave the hospital. Planning for continued care after discharge is crucial to maintain and enhance progress. Here’s how our physiotherapists help plan for this important transition:

  • The process starts with developing a post-discharge plan. Our physiotherapists assess your progress and capabilities at the time of discharge. They take into account the progress you’ve made and what you’ll need to continue improving at home.
  • Creating a post-discharge physiotherapy plan is a collaborative effort. Our physiotherapists work with patients, their families, and other healthcare professionals. This helps develop a plan that’s not only effective but also manageable once you’re at home.
  • This plan includes specific exercises and precautions, and details of necessary follow-up appointments. It might also involve arranging for home visits by one of our physiotherapists. Sometimes, we might connect you to local outpatient services for support and guidance.

Educating patients and their caregivers is a key element of this plan. You and your loved ones need to understand the importance of continuing the prescribed exercises. Preventing regression and continuing to make strides toward recovery is at the core of all this planning.

By carefully designing a post-discharge physiotherapy plan, healthcare professionals smoothen the transition from hospital to home. Our physiotherapists help give you a clear roadmap to follow and maintain the progress you’ve achieved.

Your Next Steps

Exercises to do in the hospital are just the beginning. Physiotherapy plays a starring role in the road to recovery as you prepare to leave the hospital. Once home, continuing physiotherapy is crucial to keep improving and avoid any setbacks.

Physiotherapy is pivotal for patients who have trouble moving around in the hospital. It helps you get stronger, move better, and nips new health problems in the bud. Patients, their families, and their doctors need to think of physiotherapy as a main part of getting better, not an add-on.

If you or someone you care about is getting ready to leave the hospital or care home, our clinics in Eltham, Battersea and Norbury are here to help. We’re ready to help you get back on your feet and keep you moving forward. Reach out to us today to learn which plan works best for your unique needs.

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