What should I expect during my appointment?
After introducing themselves, the Physiotherapist will want to find out about why you are there to see them that day. The practice uses an electronic note system and may be typing notes on the computer during the appointment. This will involve asking questions about any pain or weakness you may be having and any history around it. The Physiotherapist will be interested in your occupation and tasks required, and also what hobbies you have that may be effected by your complaint. There will also be some background medical history that will need to be taken to see if there is any connection to your current complaint, or if you may have any contraindications for certain treatments.
Once a history has been taken, a physical examination will commence often checking areas near to your complaint that may impact on it. The Physiotherapist will need to see clearly the area involved and so suitable clothing should be worn.
Following the examination, the Physiotherapist will provide you with some advice around managing your complaint, will provide you with some exercises for you to try at home, and may do some hands on treatment also. They will provide you with an indication of how long the complaint may take to improve, what frequency of further Physiotherapy sessions would be beneficial or whether further investigations need to take place.
What should I wear?
Comfortable loose clothing is advised. If your are being seen for lower back or leg and feet injuries, then shorts are advised. If you get problems when wearing certain footwear, it may also be useful to bring them with you to the Physiotherapy or Podiatry appointment
If shoulders, upper and lower back will need to be seen, we advise women to wear a singlet or a bra that they are comfortable in. Towels are always provided for additional comfort.
Are there any forms to fill out?
We require all clients to complete a consent to treat form and fill out the appropriate section on the form if it is an ACC claim. This will collect some personal details and some basic medical history which will remain confidential at all times.
Can I bring someone with me for support?
You are very welcome to bring someone with you for support during your appointment.