How can a Physiotherapist help me?
A Physiotherapist can help you to achieve your highest level of physical ability by working with you on a personalized treatment plan based on your needs. Physiotherapists can restore and increase your motion range after an injury or illness. They can help to alleviate pain, whether through an injury or general wear and tear. A Physiotherapist will also work closely with sports people to prevent and treat many sporting injuries. The primary role of a Physiotherapist is to make your life more comfortable by providing exercises and treatment.
Do I have to be referred by a doctor to see a Physiotherapist?
Absolutely not! Although we work with many local GP and NHS practices to support patients, we are happy to see and support anyone who is suffering from pain. We will make our own assessment and clinical judgement based on discussions with you and our findings. If we believe further investigation is needed, we may need to involve your GP, and we may inform them of the conclusion of your treatment – but this is only done with your prior consent.
What will happen at my first appointment?
During your first appointment, you will be invited to sit with one of our Physiotherapists to discuss your concerns, pain and any relevant medical history. We will explain our professional thoughts and potential cause of pain (if this is not already evident). We will need to conduct a thorough examination of your pain areas and may look to examine other parts of you that we feel could be connected to the pain. During this time, we will recommend a treatment plan and advise you of how long your sessions with us are likely to last. Lastly, we may start to work with you physically from the first appointment to begin your journey.
How many sessions am I likely to need?
Each of our patients is unique and will require different treatment plans to help get them back on track. There is no set number of sessions, but your Physiotherapist will be able to give you an estimated session amount after your first appointment. Be aware that the number of sessions is just a guide, and things may change as your treatment progresses. Your Physiotherapist will keep you updated throughout.
Is it OK if someone comes with me to my appointments?
You are more than welcome to bring a chaperone with you to your appointments if you are feeling uncomfortable or nervous at all. Please be aware that we could be discussing sensitive subjects during your appointments, so it’s worth bearing in mind that you will need to bring someone you are completely comfortable with. If, at any time, you would like to conduct your physio appointment alone, just let us know, and we will guide your chaperone to somewhere comfortable to wait for you.
What conditions do you treat?
As a team of qualified and highly experienced Physiotherapists, there are not many conditions that we don’t treat! To see a complete list of our services, head to our injuries and conditions page, where you will find an A-Z of all the conditions we can support.
For more information on how we treat our patients, take a look at our treatments page!
What should I wear to my physiotherapy appointments?
During your appointment, you will likely need to remove some layers so we can get to the areas causing you pain and discomfort. For this reason, we would like you to wear loose and baggy clothing that can be easily removed and not too tight after your appointment. If you are unsure what to wear, ask your Physiotherapist during your initial appointment, and they will be able to advise further.
Will I be given exercises to help my condition improve?
Depending on the type of treatment we offer you and your condition, you may be given exercises to complete at home that will aid and support your recovery. We will go through each of these exercises with you during your appointment, and you will not be asked to do anything we think would be difficult for you. We will ensure when we are with you that you are able to complete these exercises successfully and they are not causing any further pain or discomfort.
What should I avoid after my physiotherapy appointment?
Your Physiotherapist will guide and advise you further on anything they feel you should be avoided after having an appointment with us. Generally, we will explain that you may feel fantastic straight after your physio appointment as your body is looser. This does not mean, however, that you can go straight out and to the gym. As your pain areas tighten again, you may notice the pain returning. We advise that you drink plenty of water, get some rest and try not to do any heavy lifting. Stick to your exercises and ask your Physiotherapist whether heat or cool packs could aid in lifting the aches and pains.
Can you support patients at home?
We understand that some of our patients are not able to travel to us for various reasons. That’s why we have a team of professionals who can visit our client’s homes and complete any appointments with them in the comfort of their own space. We will bring everything we need with us to complete your physio appointment, and you won’t miss out on anything by not being at the clinic.