First visit - what to expect
On your first visit the initial assessment may take up to one hour. This will involve taking a history of your condition, a full physical examination of the problem area, treatment and advice. The nature and site of the problem will be examined and related to your whole person before making a diagnosis. To accurately examine you, you may be asked to undress to your underwear as we will need to see the affected area and often the joints above and below. You may want to bring some shorts in with you for back and leg examinations. Only after a full consultation with you, with plenty of time for questions, will the physiotherapist decide on the best form of treatment.
If subsequent visits are required this will also be discussed and an individually tailored treatment programme planned. The treatment type selected depends upon your specific requirements and may include mobilisation, manipulation, soft tissue massage, acupuncture and electrotherapy. Our aim is to reduce your pain, promote tissue healing and a rapid recovery. Time will also be spent teaching you how to avoid a recurrence of your problem. Review appointments will always involve an assessment of your progress as well as treatment.
You do not need a referral from your GP but with your permission, we can liaise with them if required.
The Physiotherapy & Sports Clinic is recognised by all major insurance companies. If you are covered, please ensure you have checked with your insurance company and bring with you any relevant authorisation numbers.