Posted on December 31, 2018

Over 100,000 and 120,000 patients were received at the orthopedic division of Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) Outpatient Physiotherapy Department in 2017 and 2018 respectively.

The Physiotherapy Department, which provides treatments to individuals with mobility challenges, impairments, and disabilities, aged from 14 to 70 years, saw more than 12,000 new patients at its Outpatient Physiotherapy Clinics in 2017 and over 15,000 in 2018. 

Providing postoperative and post-traumatic physiotherapy management, the department offers specialised care to individuals with orthopedic, neurosurgical, and spine disorders, with many patients who use the service recovering from surgery or trauma. “Physiotherapy is a form of physical therapy that uses exercise and equipment and helps allow people to restore or improve their body’s functioning abilities. It is a speciality that treats injury, disease, and disorders through physical movement. The specialty uses exercise, manual therapy, and physical manipulation, versus medication and surgery,” said Noora Essa Al Mudehka, Chief Physiotherapist and Head of the Physiotherapy Department.

According to Al Mudehka, physiotherapy and physical therapy are used to treat different parts of the body for a variety of reasons. She said staff provide a comprehensive range of physiotherapy services and notes that physiotherapy has become an essential part of the rehabilitation process for patients recovering from an accident or illness. “Physiotherapy can be used to treat injuries, whether they are from sports, day-to-day activities, work-related, or resulting from an automobile accident such as breaks, sprains, and back and neck pain. Physiotherapy is also used in the treatment of more serious medical conditions, such as arthritis, muscular dystrophy, neurological disorders, and heart and stroke rehabilitation,” said Al Mudehka.

HMC’s orthopedic physical therapy specialists are highly trained health professionals who provide high-quality treatment. “Our aim is to improve a person’s quality of life by using a variety of treatments to alleviate pain and restore function or, in the case of permanent injury or disease, to lessen the effects of any dysfunction,” said Al Mudehka.

source: The Peninsula