The aim of the assessment is to find out the cause of your problems. The first session usually includes both assessment and treatment (unless you have specifically asked for just an initial chat and advice).
Upon arrival, you will be asked to complete a Patient Consent Form. This is so we can register you legally as a patient and so we have a more detailed record for your file. With this in mind, please arrive five to ten minutes early to ensure that this does not encroach on your treatment time.
The physio will begin by undertaking a thorough medical history and examination to diagnose your problem. During your examination the physio will test your joints and muscles in the affected area so please wear something that you are comfortable in whilst being moved, manipulated and stretched. This may also mean that you physio will possibly ask you to remove some of your clothes so that we can thoroughly examine the area. You are more than welcome to bring someone along with you to your appointment and/or request the gender of your therapist if it makes you feel more comfortable.
Following the initial assessment/examination the physio will explain their diagnosis to you and discuss the range of treatment options that are available. Our physios use a variety of methods to treat problems and will create a plan that is specific to your requirements to ensure optimal results. The number of treatment sessions each patient needs will vary greatly. You will be advised as to how long your recovery should take and of a treatment plan, including exercises and stretches to perform at home to enhance recovery. Some conditions may need more extensive treatment and you will be advised of this in your initial consultation. Your therapist will always discuss your issue/injury with you thoroughly during the consultation so that you fully understand what has caused it, how we are treating it and your long term prognosis.
Our ethos and belief is that by working together as patient and practitioner, you will benefit from optimal results and long term resolution.