At your first consultation, the physiotherapist takes a detailed medical history, including information about your lifestyle, such as your level of physical activity, your work environment and your diet, as well as any relevant past medical history. The physiotherapist is just as interested in what is causing your problem, as much as the effect the problem is having on your health. For example, is your shoulder condition caused by a rotator cuff lesion be due to hours spent each day at a desk in front of your computer? but there may be another cause, such as referred pain from a tight muscle in the neck? By understanding the cause of your problem, the physiotherapist will decide on a physiotherapy program which addresses it.
After your history has been taken the physiotherapist examines how you move. You may be asked to remove some of your clothing (it is helpful if you are able to attend the visit in gym clothes) and perform a series of simple movements. The physiotherapist will assess your mobility by observing your range of movement and by gently feeling your spine, shoulders and muscles as you perform the movements.
It should be noted that our physiotherapists are trained to recognise when physiotherapy won’t help you and when to refer you to a doctor. Our physiotherapists will not begin your treatment until they believe they fully understand your condition and what can be done to help.
Our physiotherapists are also able to arrange X-rays or MRI scans if they are required. If you have pre-existing scans or x-rays then please bring them to your consultation.
Your treatment will generally consist of one or several of the following:
- functional and rehabilitative exercises/Pilates based exercise
- postural assessment, correction and advice
- laser, ultrasound, electro-therapy and heat treatment; and