Preprinted Physiotherapy Exercises

My wife dislocated her knee and had to wait 5 weeks to see the physiotherapist at the hospital. The consultant she saw was going to tell her the exercises to do but said the physiotherapist would tell her all in a few days. However, the 5 week wait made her arthritis worse, which meant that her medication was increased at added expense to the government. The physiotherapist gave my wife a handwritten sheet of exercises to do, which took her time to write out.

My idea is that for common injuries, such as broken legs, certain dislocations etc can the physiotherapists produce a set of preprinted sheets showing the exercises to use. These could be given out by the consultant. This would mean that the patient may recover quicker and the demand on the physiotherapists would be reduced. The patient can still see the physiotherapist if required, but by starting the exercises straightaway means they will recover faster. If the patient recovers quicker, they will be back at work faster earning more income tax and NI for the government rather than costing more on sickness benefit etc. Preprinted sheets of exercises also saves the time it takes the physiotherapists to handwrite the exercises, and so they may be able to see more patients each day.

 

Why the contribution is important

Speeding up recovery, saves money on sickness benefit and means patients can return to work faster, to generate income tax and NI for the government. Looking at the bigger picture saves money in the long run.

by PaulC on May 04, 2017 at 09:46PM

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  • Posted by ManxVoter May 05, 2017 at 10:23

    Stop printing stuff, put it online
  • Posted by Manneen May 05, 2017 at 10:41

    Not everyone has access to online.

     Also people need to be shown and have explanation. Online is not the answer to every thing - especially to medical issues. Doctors and nurses etc train for many years and there is a reason for that. Personalised guidance and one to one will increase the no of people who take up the advice. An example of assuming patients know what they are doing is a patient who returned to the pharmacy with an inhaler complaining it was useless. The pharmacist checked the inhaler - it was working- so he asked the patient to show him how to use it - the patient did - instead of inhaling through the mouth the man put it up his nose!

    P.S I was treated privately at the physios and they printed excercise's out , its not rocket science. Many do.

  • Posted by manxlady May 08, 2017 at 17:31

    This sounds like a consultant who was being lazy, from experience I know that there are pre-printed exercises
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