1. What is physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy is a healthcare profession that helps you recover from injury, reduces pain and stiffness and increases mobility. A typical session of physiotherapy will involve an interview to hear about your injury/problem from you and to discern how physiotherapy can help. Next your physiotherapist will perform an assessment to accurately diagnose the cause of your problem and design a treatment best suited for you.
2. Do I need a Doctor’s referral?
You do not need a doctor’s referral unless you are on workcover, a war veteran or you are referred through a medicare program
3. What treatments do physiotherapists use?
The following are common treatment methods used by physiotherapists:
- Exercise therapy/rehabilitation.
- Joint manipulation or mobilization.
- Soft tissue techniques (massage, trigger point therapy, deep tissue massage etc).
- Customised gym, hydrotherapy or home based exercise programs that you can use on your own.
- Dry needling / Western Acupuncture.
- Electrotherapies such as ultrasound, interferential therapy or tens.
Physiotherapy is also very beneficial if you have had recent surgery and need to recover your normal function.
4. What can physiotherapy help with?
Physiotherapy can help with a number of conditions including:
- Treating Musculoskeletal conditions anywhere in the body (low back, mid back, neck, shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand, hips, knees, ankles, feet and even jaw pain).
- Sport specific injury rehab/prevention
- Vertigo and dizziness
- General balance retraining and falls prevention
- Muscular strengthening
- Respiratory conditions
- Chronic pain
- Post operative rehabilitation