WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT AT MY FIRST APPOINTMENT?
Your first appointment can last up to an hour and will usually include some treatment. You will be asked to complete our standardised forms regarding your health, pain, beliefs and how your current condition affects your daily life. With this information, we will be table to track your progress throughout your treatment.
Your first treatment will allow plenty of time for you to describe your symptoms or health/performance goals. This therefore allows your clinician time to listen and thoroughly assess your symptoms before we progress with your treatment. Within each initial appointment we will: Assess // Diagnose // Create a treatment plan and get you onto the road of recovery.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
You may be asked to remove some items of clothing during your examination, and this will be determined by where the injury is. Your clinician will discuss this with you, and we will always gain consent.
To avoid feeling uncomfortable, plan ahead. For example, if you have a leg or back injury, we recommend you bring a pair of shorts and if the ladies are presenting with a neck or shoulder issue we recommend you wear a vest top.
DO YOU OFFER HOME VISITS?
Unfortunately, we are unable to offer home visits at this time.
We will happily recommend you to our trusted physiotherapy colleagues who will be happy to come and see you at home.
Please call us for more information regarding this.
DO I HAVE TO SEE MY GP BEFORE I COME TO SEE YOU?
No, we do not require you to see your GP first. However, sometimes, if you have private medical insurance your policy requires you to see a GP. Please check with them prior to booking an appointment with us, all insurance companies are different.
If you have relevant results of tests or scans, please bring them to your first appointment. If you feel they are relevant to your current injury, we will take copies, or you could ask your GP to send them to us directly.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PHYSIOTHERAPY AND SPORTS THERAPY?
Physiotherapists with assess movement, strength, nerve testing, balance testing as well as functional movements. From this we can then identify a plan that will address your weaknesses and ultimately improve your goals.
Sports Therapists are specifically concerned with the prevention of injury and the rehabilitation of the patient back to optimum levels of functional, occupational and sports specific fitness, regardless of age and ability. They utilise the principles of sport and exercise science incorporating physiological and pathological processes to prepare the patient/client for training, competition and where applicable, work.
HOW OFTEN WILL I NEED TO COME IN FOR TREATMENT?
There is not a set rule for this. It will depend entirely on your injury or your post-op protocol. In some instances, you may be asked initially to attend 3 times a week, however over time once your injury improves these appointments will become less and less and more spaced out.
Your clinician will outline this to you. With most pathologies, a course of treatment is indicated to ensure you are fully recovered and moving better than you were pre-injury.