What happens at your Initial Physiotherapy consultation?
- You will need to fill in a 2 page Patient History & Informed Consent Form when you arrive at the practice – so it would be great if you could come at least 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time so that you are able to complete this.
- Your practitioner will go through your relevant medical history with you.
- Your posture and movements will be examined and assessed.
- Specific muscle and nerve tests may be conducted to assist in the accurate diagnosis of your problem.
- Your Physiotherapist will discuss the results and diagnosis with you and encourage you to ask questions and voice any concerns.
- You will be advised about the most appropriate treatment for your condition.
- With your consent you will be treated to relieve pain and help regain movement.
- You will be advised about other treatment options if Physiotherapy is not the best option.
The future – a plan to improve
Once your initial diagnosis and treatment has been carried out, your Physiotherapist will work with you to develop a plan for the future management and improvement of your condition. They will give you a realistic idea of the number and frequency of treatments you are likely to need, and may prescribe a specific home exercise program to address your problem or disorder. They will outline what to do in your daily activities to maintain your improvement and to reach the optimal fitness level for your age and condition.
Expertise – where it counts
Every Physiotherapist in Australia has achieved a university qualification as an absolute minimum, and is fully registered. Physiotherapists are therefore health professionals, deemed fully capable of independent assessment and clinical reasoning. You can consult a Physiotherapist in private practice without a referral from your doctor.