On your first visit your physiotherapist reviews your injury or condition and plans a treatment program for you. This includes the following:
Questions about your present condition and health history
Physiotherapy examination to assess your injury or condition. This can sometimes temporarily increase your pain
Review of your assessment findings with a recommended treatment plan
Your consent to treatment.
2) WHAT DO PHYSIOTHERAPY PROGRAMS INCLUDE?
Your physiotherapist will take your history, examine you physically in the area of pain/discomfort and devise a treatment plan with you. Your treatment plan may include customized exercises, manual therapy or any of the treatments listed in our treatment section.
3) WHAT DOES THE PHYSICAL EXAM INCLUDE?
The physiotherapist does a physical evaluation. Changing or removing clothes may be required to see the problem area.
The physiotherapist may touch the area of pain to see if there is any tenderness, swelling, or heat. Using their hands, they may test the problem area to see if weakness exists, if movement is limited, and check the severity or intensity of pain.
4) WHAT DO I WEAR TO PHYSIOTHERAPY?
Dress comfortably. You are welcome to bring your own shorts so that the area that needs treatment can be easily accessible by the therapist.
5) WILL I BE TREATED DURING MY FIRST CONSULTATION?
Yes. After a very brief discussion of your injury/pain, we will get straight into hands on treatment. We want to reduce your pain and resolve your injury as soon as possible.
6) DOES YOUR TAPE CONTAIN ANY KIND OF MEDICATIONS IN IT?
No, there is no medication in the tape, it mainly works on the waves form which is present on the tape which is same as the muscle fibre structures that helps us to facilitate and release it if needed.
7) WHEN SHOULD I USE ICE?
Ice treatment should always be used during the inflammatory phase of an injury. This occurs in the first 72 hours following injury or injury aggravation.
8)HOW DO I USE ICE?
The injured area should be iced for 20 minutes every 2 hours. This can be accomplished by using crushed ice or an ice pack wrapped in a damp tea towel.
9) WHEN SHOULD I USE HEAT?
Heat should be used to speed injury healing once the injury has completed the inflammatory phase. The inflammatory phase normally lasts up to 72 hours following injury or injury aggravation. It is therefore, generally safe to use heat treatment after the initial 72 hour period following injury or injury aggravation. Heat is also an effective way to help reduce muscle tightness or joint stiffness.
10) HOW DO I USE HEAT?
Apply a heat pack for 10 – 30 minutes at a comfortable warmth to the injured area. This can be repeated 2 – 5 times daily or as required and should ideally be used before exercise. Ensure your heat pack is not hot enough to cause a burn. Wrapping your heat pack in towels can help to reduce the temperature.