August 11, 2017
Major trauma affects you on the emotional and spiritual level, not just the physical mechanics of healing broken bones and torn tissues.
Once the severity of injury has been assessed and the immediate life saving care and body stabilisation has been taken care of, then the hard job begins of prioritising the injuries and planning the necessary surgeries, the victim of the injury then has the very hard job of undertaking the first steps of recovery and early stages of rehabilitation.
The body will need time to heal and rest is an important factor in the healing process, as is the understanding of how to activate your musculature again.
It can be a very lonely and isolating task, not only for you but also for your family who also needs to adjust to the desolation of your injury
Our BWT Specialist Physiotherapists understand the complicated journey that a victim of multi trauma has to undertake.
We will guide and assist you through the early stages of exercises in water, showing you how to walk again, and training in a gym with a prescriptive programme of exercises training your muscles how to activate and helping you get your life back on track.
Frustrations will be many along the way, tears will be shed and victories will be celebrated by the whole rehabilitation team.
Whether you want to be able to kick a ball around with your grandchildren or return to playing low level sports , BWT will be with you on every step of the journey.
Written by Christine Hopley, Clinical Director, BWT West Hants
Christine Hopley graduated from St.Marys Hospital, London and has enjoyed a distinguished career unravelling spinal and pelvic and joint dysfunctions in all sporting individuals from the elite athlete to the aspiring club athlete. Highlights of her career have been supporting the GB Judo team in Japan, treating and supporting the Western Province and Springbok Rugby team when playing at the Newlands grounds in Cape Town South Africa, treating elite Military and developing a screening programme pre Special Forces selection, treating many club and county level runners and sportsmen and women. Christine is also now a fully trained Veterinary Physiotherapist looking after both the horses and riders.