Are you unsure what happens when you attend physio? Well check out the following steps to see how we get your diagnosis and get rid of your symptoms.
On your first appointment, we will ask you all about your symptoms. What it feels like, what makes them better and what makes the symptoms worse. We will ask you about how they effect you and how the symptoms have come on and progressed.
We will also take a brief medical history from you and find out some extra information like your job and your hobbies etc.
At this point through discussion between you and your physio a clear set of your goals and expectations are identified and agreed upon. Are you wanting to be more comfortable when sleeping or at work or looking to get back to some sporting activities?
Your physiotherapist will then use the above information to help complete a detailed physical assessment. During this section, your physio will test your range of movements, muscle length and strength and perform specific tests to allow a accurate diagnosis to be made. We don’t use google here to diagnose. We rely on university qualifications and years of clinical experience as specialists in the field of bones, muscles, joints and nerves.
Your physiotherapist now knows exactly what’s going on. Its important you do to. Therefore, your physio will explain what’s going on and why you have developed the symptoms your experiencing. Treatment options will be discussed and normally your physiotherapist can predict the number of treatments and time frame required to get you better.
Treatment begins immediately to address any issues identified. This mainly consists of hands on treatment techniques applied to you by your physio. This may be to loosen joints, or stretch out muscles etc.
You will be given a small number of simple but important home exercises to complete. This maximises the benefit of the hands-on physio treatment you have received. Ultimately, performing your home exercises will help you get better quicker.
If required, you will be offered further appointments and the treatment will continue to be tailored to your symptoms as you continue to improve and get back to feeling great again.