What Can I Expect At The First Physiotherapy Appointment?

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What Can I Expect At The First Physiotherapy Appointment?

You have made your first physiotherapy appointment when suddenly uncertainty strikes. What should you expect? What should you wear? Just what is your treatment program likely to consist of? Relax! You have taken the first step towards reaping the benefits that physiotherapy offers – and this article will tell you exactly what you should expect.

Your Physiotherapist Assesses Your Condition

Before he or she commences with developing a treatment program, your physiotherapist will need to understand your physical condition. If your GP referred you, the relevant medical records have likely been shared, but don’t take it for granted. Take the contact details of other medical professionals you’ve worked with along in case your physiotherapist needs to discuss your medical history with them.

Your physiotherapist will also conduct a physical examination and you may be asked to perform certain movements so that your body’s mobility can be assessed. Just as your doctor may need you to remove certain clothing items to examine you, your physio may ask you to remove certain outer garments. Since you might be asked to move about or perform specific exercises, choose comfortable active-wear and shoes to wear to your consultation.

At the end of your consultation, your physio will explain the proposed treatment program in detail – unless still awaiting certain information from other medical practitioners you’ve dealt with.

Types of Treatment your Physiotherapist Uses to Help You

Physiotherapy Treatment Areas

Physiotherapists spend many years in training and are qualified to administer a wide range of treatments. Depending on your condition or injury, one or more of the following will form part of the program:

Massage therapy to help reduce stiffness and tension in muscles is commonly used when treating sporting injuries or to help you get rid of excess fluid in bodily tissues following an injury or surgery.

Exercises and stretches will help you to recover mobility and build strength. This can be important in addressing certain conditions. For example, a weakness of the spine can be counterbalanced by strengthening the muscles that support your back. In addition, people who have been injured often compensate for the injury by avoiding using certain muscles – but this ultimately causes other issues. Your physio will demonstrate the exercises and monitor how you do them to ensure that you are performing them correctly. You will likely be asked to spend a few minutes every day on a simple exercise routine that targets your problem.

Electrotherapy and ultrasound are among the physiotherapist’s treatment options. They will stimulate blood flow to the affected areas, helping your body to heal itself more rapidly. Ultrasound also helps to reduce thick scar tissue. Both of these approaches are commonly used to treat soft tissue injuries.

Heat therapy is very comfortable and relaxing, and your physiotherapist will either use special, deep-heating pads or heated wraps to help relieve pain and to prevent muscle spasms that could aggravate it.

Good advice is the final intervention. Apart from giving you targeted exercises that will help you to recover, your physiotherapist will also look at possible reasons why you developed the problem in the first place. If there are ways to overcome the problems, you will learn how to do so.

Do You Still Have Any Questions?

If you have questions or concerns that you don’t feel have been covered in this article, don’t be shy to call us and ask them! As your partners in your recovery, we will gladly provide any information you need to help you get the best out of your first physiotherapy consultation.

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