Closed clinics have impaired the level of mobility of many physio patients

Physiotherapists have reopenedPhysiotherapists have reopened.Photo: Fredrik Hagen / NTB scanpix

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The condition of many patients going to a physiotherapist has become noticeably worse while the clinics were closed due to lockdown, the Norwegian Physiotherapy Association believes.

“You notice it with reduced balance, walking speed and safety in walking. The therapists are now getting these patients back, and they see that the condition they were in when they last left the clinic is noticeably reduced,” says Regional Leader Karianne Bruun Haugen of the Norwegian Physiotherapy Association to NRK.

She fears that more of the patients now need more assistance, that they become more insecure, and that some become isolated and less independent.

On March 15, the authorities ordered physiotherapists, chiropractors, psychologists, opticians and similar health agencies to close. The businesses were reopened on April 20.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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