Hydrotherapy – an Effective and Natural Therapy for Pain Relief

“Hydro” means water and “therapy” means treatment. So, the use of water for the treatment of different conditions like arthritis and related complaints is called Hydrotherapy. It is different from swimming because in hydrotherapy you are made to do special exercises in a warm-water pool which helps getting relief from some painful condition. The water temperature is maintained at 26-30 oC, which is quite warmer than a typical swimming pool. Usually, hydrotherapy treatment is a part of the hospital’s physiotherapy department. A physiotherapist with special training demonstrates how to do the exercises. The intensity and frequency of the exercises are adjusted to help your range of movement or strength, depending on your conditions. For what conditions is Hydrotherapy used? Hydrotherapy is beneficial, no matter how many of your joints are affected. It is sometimes recommended if you had joint replacement surgery or if you are suffering from back pain, psoriatic arthritis, spondylitis, and osteoarthritis. It can be used for many other conditions too. How does Hydrotherapy work? Hydrotherapy works in different ways to relieve your joints and muscle pain: The water supports body weight, which helps in relieving pain and increases the range of movement of your joints. The warmth of the water helps your muscles to relax and reduces the pain in the muscles and joints, helping you to exercise and move better. The water provides resistance to moving your joints. When you push your arms and legs against the water, it helps in improving your muscle strength. How effective is Hydrotherapy? Scientific research has shown that hydrotherapy can improve general fitness and strength in people with various...

Are You Suffering from Chronic Pain?

Pain is a part of life. We all get headache, stomachache or toothache in our day to day life. If we get injured, then also we get pain. These kinds of pains usually resolve by itself or with rest and medication. Sometimes we even need to see our primary physician if pain continues for 2-3 days. The doctor prescribes appropriate pain killers for the specific condition so that we can get relief. Chronic pain is different from normal pain. In case of chronic pain, the body continues to send signals to the brain even after an injury heals. It can last for many weeks or months. Chronic pain can affect your movement, flexibility and strength and disturb your daily tasks and activities. The pain that lasts for 12 weeks or more is called chronic pain. The pain can be sharp, dull, burning or throbbing. It may be steady or intermittent, come and go without any reason. It can happen in any part of the body. Some of the most common examples of chronic pain are: Lower back pain Headache Neck pain Joint pain Neurogenic pain (pain caused due to nerve damage) Post-trauma pain Psychogenic pain Postsurgical pain What are the causes of chronic pain? Chronic pain occurs when nerves or muscles get damaged due to some previous injury like a sprain or pulled muscle. The nerve damage makes the pain to last longer. In case of chronic pain, treating the injury does not resolve the pain. However, in some cases, people may experience chronic pain even without any history of injury. The exact cause in such cases may not...

PRP or Platelet-rich Plasma therapy: How effective is it?

Blood is made up of plasma (liquid) and cells- red cells, white cells and platelets. Platelets play an important role in blood clotting. So when you get hurt, it is platelet which causes clotting of blood and stops the bleeding. Platelets also contain proteins called growth factors which are important for the healing process. PRP is the plasma with a higher concentration of platelets than what is normally found in the blood. To prepare PRP, blood is first drawn from the patient. Then this blood is put into a centrifuge device that spins at high speed. This process separates platelets from other components of blood. This plasma with a higher concentration of platelets is then injected to the patient. PRP injections into the damaged tissues stimulate your body to grow new cells and improve healing. How does PRP work? Since the concentration of platelets is higher in the PRP, even the concentration of growth factors is greater. Studies have shown that the higher concentration of growth factors can potentially enhance the healing process. PRP injections are given in 2 ways: A mixture of PRP and anesthetic drug is injected directly into the injured or inflamed part. Pain at the area of injection may temporarily increase, but it comes down slowly, and the patient may notice the beneficial effects of the injection in a few weeks. PRP is also used to improve healing after surgery. An athlete with completely torn tendon may require a surgery to repair the tendon. Healing of tendon can be improved by treating the injured area with PRP during surgery. What are the uses of PRP...