Physiotherapy is the treatment and prevention of injury and disease by natural means. The aim of physiotherapy is to help alleviate pain, restore normal movement and function and help return the body to its natural balanced state without chemical intervention. But it doesn’t just stop there, as well as relieving symptoms, physiotherapy teaches long term self management of musculo-skeletal problems enabling people to prevent further episodes.
What to expect on your first appointment.
The sessions starts with a chat about the history of your current injury and any relevant medical conditions. You will then be asked about your occupation and sporting/leisure activities to get a holistic view of your lifestyle which will assist in constructing your bespoke treatment and rehabilitation program.
Next, is a physical examination which may require you to undress down to underwear or suitable vest and shorts. There will then be specific tests which will help identify the structures which may be causing your problem. This information will then be put together with your history and lifestyle habits to draw a conclusion and treatment plan, which will be explained to you. Providing you are happy with the proposed management plan, treatment will begin.
You will have a full explanation of the anatomy involved and the potential mechanisms by which your problem is occurring. This will help you understand why the recommended exercises and treatments are important to your recovery.