- What Is Physiotherapy?
- What Does A Physiotherapist Do?
- Who Should See A Physiotherapist?
- What Happens At My First Appointment?
- Do I Need A Doctor’s Referral?
What Is Physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy is helpful for patients who have movement problems caused by injuries, illness or disabilities. Physiotherapy aims to restore the range of motion in the joints so that movement becomes as normal as possible. Treatments can include:
- exercises, stretching and strengthening
- electrotherapy (laser or ultrasound)
- heat or cold therapy
- posture or core stability training
- …and more
What Does A Physiotherapist Do?
A physiotherapist can treat problems in various systems in the body. These include the neuromuscular, cardiovascular, respiratory and musculoskeletal systems. Physiotherapists can be found working in a range of healthcare settings. These include occupational health, elderly care, stroke recovery, mental illness and even intensive care.
Who Should See A Physiotherapist?
Seeing a physiotherapist can be beneficial for patients with a wide range of painful or movement-limiting complaints. A physiotherapist can create a tailored treatment plan for people with sports injuries, women needing pre and post-natal care and people suffering from injuries or diseases that limit their movement.
What Happens At My First Appointment?
At the first appointment, your physiotherapist will ask you questions about your general medical history and the history of the condition that needs treating. The problem area will be examined and you will be given a biomechanical assessment. Your physiotherapist will give you a diagnosis and prognosis, talking to you about the kind of treatment you will need and the outcome measures that will be used to check how you’re progressing.