How and when did your condition start? What activities/ positions make your symptoms better or worse? Have you had any treatment already for the condition? If so, what was the outcome?
What can I expect from a physiotherapy consultation?
We always start the consult by sitting down with you, and getting to know more about yourself and your injury. We’ll ask you about how you got hurt, and what was happening around the time you started experiencing your pain. It’s also helpful to know what activities make your pain worse, and what makes it better.
How do I prepare for a physio assessment?
- Prepare to Bare. Your physiotherapist will definitely want to see and touch the skin over the injured or painful area. …
- Think About Your Symptoms. An extremely valuable part of the assessment of any condition is a thorough analysis of what makes it better or worse. …
- Be Honest About Your Homework.
What does a physiotherapy assessment involve?
Your assessment will involve you answering questions regarding the history and nature of your problem and a then a physical assessment. The questions help us understand the history of your injury or condition, the nature of the pain and how your pain and symptoms respond to certain activities.
What happens on your first visit to a physiotherapist?
Often, your physiotherapist will carry out some treatment after the physical examination, such soft tissue massage or joint mobilisations on your first visit to see how you respond. You will also be given a few exercises and advice on things they would like you to do at home before your next appointment.
How long should a physiotherapy session last?
Usually sessions last between 30 minutes and an hour but this depends on the nature of the condition. The first appointment will usually be longer in order to account for time taken to take a patient’s medical history.
Can I wear leggings to physio?
Treatment can be adapted if women are wearing leggings, jeans, skirts or dresses, but shorts or bike pants are the most suitable.
How do I talk to a physiotherapist?
Small talk in physiotherapy
- Small talk doesn’t have to be trivial. If you want to engage with someone, you need to find a topic of discussion that’s interesting and relevant to them. …
- Listen. …
- Think before you speak. …
- Be careful with humour. …
- Don’t force the conversation.
Do I have to take my clothes off for physio?
Your physiotherapist may have to lift the lower portion of your shirt to view and feel how the spine and muscles in your lower back are performing. If you have upper back pain, we recommend a tank top or t-shirt with an open back for women (see image above). Often men feel comfortable removing their shirts if needed.
Do I need to wear shorts for physio?
You’ll be asked to undress down to your underwear, so suitable underwear is recommended. You may choose to wear shorts, as long as they are not too restrictive. Knee and lower leg pain: Generally, only exposure below the waist is required so shorts are advisable.
What does a physiotherapist do in a day?
Physiotherapists have an extensive scientific and clinical background which helps them assess, diagnose and treat illnesses and conditions. They use electrotherapy, medical acupuncture and dry needling, manipulation, mobilization, massage, and prescriptive exercise to help their patients.
Do physiotherapists wear stethoscope?
Physiotherapy students are taught to use stethoscope. They will teach you basic auscultation, recording blood pressure zones of auscultation, breath sounds, etc.
Can a physiotherapist diagnose?
Like doctors, physiotherapists can be “primary contact” practitioners who can examine, diagnose and treat injuries.