Frequently Asked Questions
Welcome to Physio & Health Matters frequently asked questions page. We hope you find the answers that you need regarding your physiotherapy and health treatment.
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We always try to offer an appointment on the same day or within 24 hours.
No, this is not necessary. Very often patients come straight to a physiotherapist for help and advice with aches, pains and injuries. If we feel you need to see your GP or any other specialist we will recommend this at your first consultation and in most cases will write to your GP.
No, not usually. If you are using private medical insurance, they may require a G.P. letter before they authorise treatment.
The initial visit (Consultation and Treatment) is 1 hour and follow-up sessions last between 30-45 minutes. The number of treatments required will generally depend on the individual. Occasionally, patients may only need a ‘one-off’ consultation/treatment for advice and guidance with a problem. In most cases a course of treatment is required. Our physiotherapist will discuss this and will also keep in informed about your progress at each session. Normally most injuries will see improvement within 4-6 visits.
Our Physiotherapists are chartered and registered with the Health Professions Council. A Chartered Physiotherapist is a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (MCSP) which is the professional regulatory body of the profession. This means that the physiotherapist has undergone an approved course of training, (usually a 3-4 year degree course), and is governed by a professional code of practice. The physiotherapist is also insured to provide treatment services.
The receptionist will ask you to complete a registration form. At your first appointment, our physiotherapist will take a detailed case history asking about how the problem started, your symptoms and any relevant past medical history will also be discussed and noted. A physical examination will then be conducted to discover the origin and extent of your current condition. A full explanation of your problem will be provided, together with an outline of the appropriate treatment, rehabilitation and if possible an estimate of the number of treatments you may require. Treatment will begin at your first visit.
Following the first assessment/treatment session, our physiotherapist will often give you a regime of rehabilitation exercises to continue at home. You do not need to make any special preparations for your first visit, other than wear clothing that you feel comfortable in, and which can allow easy exposure of the area to be examined and treated.
Please wear suitable clothing dependent on which part of the body requires treatment. Ladies are advised to bring a vest top and shorts, if appropriate to the area being treated. In some cases you may be asked to bring training shoes. If you have a back problem you may be asked to undress to your underwear.
There is no pre-determined number of treatments for a specific condition. However, following assessment your physiotherapist will discuss and agree a treatment plan with you.
• Back and neck pain and stiffness
• Tension headaches
• Whiplash injuries (usually caused by road traffic accidents)
• Work related disorders (e.g. repetitive strain injury (RSI)
• Industrial injuries
• Muscle and ligament problems (e.g. tennis elbow, sprained ankles, weakness and stiffness after fractures or other injuries
• Tennis and golfers elbow
• Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
• Groin Pain
• Hip and knee pain with leg pain
• Shin pain/shin splints
• Sprained ankles
• Achilles tendonitis
• Foot pain and pain associated with the toes
• Sports related injuries and problems for both professional and amateur athletes
• Postural problems
• Post-operative pain and stiffness
• Mobilisation and manipulation of the joints, muscles and ligaments.
• Exercise therapy to mobilise and strengthen weakened or inactive muscles.
• Deep trigger point massage and acupuncture for pain conditions.
• Electrical treatments (electrotherapy) including ultrasound, interferential therapy and electromagnetic field therapy.
• Advice on return to exercise and resumption of sporting activities
• Advice on pacing activities and ergonomic strategies for upper limb disorders
Chartered physiotherapists specialises in the treatment of all spinal problems. In fact a large percentage of their workload is made up of neck and back problems. Manipulation is one of a number of physiotherapy treatment options for managing spinal problems.