5 Things You Should Know Before
Your Physiotherapy Consultation
It's not surprising that many people have questions about their first physiotherapy consultation. After all, physical conditions and their treatments are often widely varied.
Here at NorthHab, we like to ensure that all patients are happy, comfortable and well-informed of their service. So here are some things you should know before you come in.
More than massage: Physiotherapy treatment can encompass a variety of methods, including ice and heat treatments, electrotherapy and exercise therapy. [more]
Physiotherapists are trained to assess the underlying cause of your pain and provide effective, drug free treatments using a variety of modalities including joint mobilisations, manipulations, massage and stretches. Electrotherapy modalities such as ultrasound, TENS, interferential and laser are also frequently used to provide pain relief and promote healing. Ice, heat and acupuncture are often used in conjunction with other modalities to optimise the effectiveness of your treatment. Many treatment plans are inclusive of postural re-education and exercise for rehabilitation, strengthening and maintenance.
Your physio might ask questions: Your physiotherapist will typically need to know some things about your medical history and your physical activity at work and at home. [more]
We recommend you prepare for a consultation by:
Knowing your current medications, allergies and relevant doctors and medical professionals.
Providing a copy of relevant medical documents, particularly scans, xrays and doctor's reports.
Getting active: Physical activity can be the most effective treatment for many conditions. Your physio may demonstrate light exercises to aid active treatment outside of appointment times, increased activity based on your condition and more. [more]
We recommend you prepare for a consultation
Dressing down: One of the questions we get asked the most is what to wear to a physio appointment, particularly when treatment is targeted to clothed areas such as the back. Your physio will provide you with a gown if required; otherwise, we recommend that you wear something comfortable and loose fitting to your appointment. [more]
If unsure about your particular situation, feel free to call ahead and speak to our staff.
Group effort: Some conditions are more complicated than others. Many of our patients are referred by doctors or see other professionals for the same concerns. We recommend you book your physio appointment after your initial GP consultation and have any scans or x rays before coming in. [more]
To provide the best service, NorthHab recommends you provide copies of any relevant medical data (particularly xrays and scans) to your physio at your appointment.
Still have questions? Visit our FAQs page or talk to our staff at 38032100 during our opening hours.