What is a physiotherapist and what do they do?
Physiotherapists are experts in the anatomy of the human body and how it moves. They assess, diagnose, treat, manage and help prevent a range of musculoskeletal, cardiothoracic and neurological health conditions.
Our physiotherapist works with people of all ages to treat a broad range of health conditions including sport and musculoskeletal injuries as well as chronic health conditions such as diabetes, obesity and osteoarthritis. A common objective of both client and practitioner is to get the body to move efficiently and effectively or simply restore/improve movement and management.
To assist with the management of the presenting issue, your physiotherapist may provide suggestions on lifestyle modification, prescribe physical aids, devise training plans, and provide nutrition advice, along with providing general self-management advice. Physiotherapists can also conduct occupational health assessments and other injury prevention activities.
Our physiotherapist Michael utilises a combination of manual therapy (hands on treatment) and exercise prescription as part of his treatments. Some typical reasons to see a physiotherapist include:
Musculoskeletal & sporting injuries
WorkCover and work-related injuries
Nutrition for injury recovery
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When should I see a physiotherapist?
You may be referred by your general practitioner to see a physiotherapist, or you may wish to self-refer. A referral from a general practitioner is not required to see a physiotherapist, however a referral may qualify you to claim a rebate through Medicare for your session.
The nature of your presenting condition may determine when best to seek the services of a physiotherapist. For example, for some soft tissue injuries such as sprains or strains where there is inflammation and significant pain, you may wish to wait 2-3 days before booking an appointment. This will allow time for the swelling, redness and pain to subside, allowing your physiotherapist to be able to stretch, massage and move the area to aid your recovery.
For athletes, regularly seeking the advice and services of a physiotherapist may be a key element of their training program, particularly for recovery and injury prevention.
If you have any questions about the right time to come in to see our physiotherapist, please contact the practice directly.
We invite you to book an appointment online via our online booking portal below, or call us on (07) 3906 8888.