- Antoine Rizk, What did you do to become a Physiotherapist?
I studied at Saint Joseph University for 4 years, and then I had a master’s degree in Physical Activity and Sport Injuries.
And In order to practice, I must be registered to the Order of Physiotherapist in Lebanon.
- What is physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy (sometimes called ‘physio’ for short) is a physical form of treatment using exercise, manipulation and other types of muscle stimulation to help movement and maximize mobility.
- When should i see a Physiotherapist?
You should see a Physiotherapist when you have physical problems caused by illness, disability and disease, post surgeries, sport and work related injuries, aging, and long periods of inactivity, as well for prevention.
- What do Physiotherapists do?
Physiotherapists assess the client’s level of mobility, strength, endurance and other physical abilities to determine the impact of their illness or injury on their physical function, whether at work, rest or play. They diagnose the condition and develop a treatment plan to restore movement and reduce pain or limitations to mobility. They treat the condition and help the client to understand its effect on their function. They measure the client’s progress regularly and adjust the treatment accordingly. They also advise the client on how to manage their condition independently and help the client prevent avoidable recurrences or complications. Physiotherapists can also advise you on the way to prevent potential health problems from occurring before they arise.
- What sorts of problems do you treat?
- Sports injuries
- Neck Pain
- Lowe Back Pain
- Muscle strains
- Ligament sprains
- Women's Health Issues
- Frozen shoulder
- Repetitive strain injury
- Post operative orthopedic and neuro surgery
- Neuro rehabilitation
On average, how many Sessions does it take to see noticeable difference?
I never give an approximate number of sessions before the consultation
- What does this depend on?
I treat a patient not a disease, 2 patients with similar injury may differ. It depends on the musculoskeletal system of each one, and how it responds to the treatment, and sometimes it is a psychological issue.
- How long should I spend warming up before sport and what is the best way to do this?
Muscle stiffness is thought to be directly related to muscle injury and therefore the warm up should be aimed at reducing muscle stiffness.
Warming up should at least consist of the following:
5 to 10 minutes jogging - to increase body temperature
10 to 15 minutes dynamic stretching exercises - reduce muscle stiffness
10 to 15 minutes general and event specific drills - preparation for the session or competition. e.g. for a runner
Lower leg drills
4 to 8 easy run outs over 30 to 60 meters - focus on correct running technique. If my injury causes pain when i play sport, but i can play through it. Usually the warmer i get the less painful it becomes. Should i keep playing through this pain or is it better to stop?
You have to avoid bad pain, and if the pain increases during any activity you have to stop immediately