Physiotherapy FAQ’s

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Article by Rhys Veen

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Published in 2024

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Frequently Asked Questions about Physiotherapy

What is Physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy is a healthcare profession that focuses on helping people reduce pain, regain movement and function when affected by injury, illness, or disability.

How can Physiotherapy help me?
Physiotherapy can help you recover from injuries, manage chronic conditions, improve mobility, reduce pain, and enhance overall physical well-being.

What conditions do Physiotherapists treat?
Physiotherapists treat a wide range of conditions, including back pain, sports injuries, arthritis, post-surgery rehabilitation, neurological disorders, and respiratory conditions.

What should I expect during my first Physiotherapy appointment?
During your first appointment, the Physiotherapist will assess your condition, discuss your goals, and develop a personalised treatment plan tailored to your needs.

Do I need a referral to see a Physiotherapist?
In Australia, you don’t usually need a referral to see a physiotherapist unless you are claiming through a workers’ compensation or third-party insurance scheme.

How many sessions of Physiotherapy will I need?
The number of sessions required depends on the nature and severity of your condition. Your Physiotherapist will discuss this with you as part of your treatment plan.

What types of treatments do Physiotherapists use?
Physiotherapists use a variety of treatments, including manual therapy, exercise therapy, electrotherapy (not us), dry needling, and education about self-management techniques.

Is Physiotherapy painful?
Physiotherapy treatments should not be painful, although some discomfort may be experienced during certain exercises or hands on treatment. It is expected to feel some discomfort during dry needling. Your physiotherapist will ensure your comfort throughout the session.

Can Physiotherapy help with sports injuries?
Yes, Physiotherapy is commonly used to treat sports injuries, helping athletes recover quickly and safely and prevent future injuries through tailored exercise programs.

What is involved in post-surgery Physiotherapy?
Post-surgery physiotherapy aims to help patients regain strength, mobility, and function after surgery. It may involve exercises, manual therapy, and education on safe movement techniques.

Can Physiotherapy help with back pain?
Yes, Physiotherapy is an effective treatment for back pain, addressing underlying issues such as muscle imbalances, poor posture, tightness and lack of flexibility through targeted exercises and therapies.

What is the difference between Physiotherapy and Chiropractic Care?
Physiotherapy focuses on restoring movement and function through exercise, manual therapy, and education, while chiropractic care primarily focuses on spinal manipulation to alleviate pain and improve spinal health.

What is the difference between Physiotherapy and Exercise Physiology?
Physiotherapists focus on rehabilitating injuries and restoring movement, while exercise physiologists specialise in designing exercise programs to improve overall health and fitness.

How can Physiotherapy help with osteoarthritis?    
Physiotherapy can help manage arthritis by improving joint mobility, reducing pain and inflammation, strengthening muscles, and providing strategies for joint protection and activity modification.

Can Physiotherapy help with neurological conditions?
Yes, Physiotherapy plays a crucial role in managing neurological conditions such as stroke, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and so much more by helping you improve mobility, balance, and overall function.

Is Physiotherapy covered by private health insurance?    
Many private health insurance policies in Australia provide cover for physiotherapy services. At Veen Physiotherapy we have a private health terminal which allows for your private health to be claimed on the spot. This will reduce the whole price you pay or a partial amount of it.  It’s best to check with your insurance provider to understand your level of coverage.

Can Physiotherapy help with respiratory conditions?   
Physiotherapy techniques such as breathing exercises, chest physiotherapy, and airway clearance techniques can help manage respiratory conditions like asthma, COPD, and cystic fibrosis.

What should I wear to my Physiotherapy appointment?
Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing that allows the Physiotherapist to assess and treat the affected area easily. You may also need to bring appropriate footwear for exercises.

It is best not to wear jeans, a suit, dress or your pyjamas. Better alternatives include: shorts, t-shirt, leggings, sandals/birkenstocks, etc. If you are asking about your feet or running, please bring the shoes you wear the most.

How can Physiotherapy help with posture?
Physiotherapy can help improve posture by addressing muscle imbalances, strengthening weak muscles, stretching tight muscles, and providing education on ergonomic principles. We can also provide information on equipment to use to improve your posture.

Can Physiotherapy help with pregnancy-related issues?
Yes, Physiotherapy can help manage pregnancy-related issues such as back pain, pelvic girdle pain, and urinary incontinence through exercises, manual therapy, and education on safe movement. If you require further investigation or treatment, we are happy to refer you to the experts.

What is pelvic floor Physiotherapy?
Pelvic floor Physiotherapy focuses on assessing and treating issues related to the pelvic floor muscles, including pelvic pain, urinary incontinence, and pelvic organ prolapse, through specialised exercises and techniques.

How can Physiotherapy help with workplace injuries?    
Physiotherapy can help individuals recover from workplace injuries by providing rehabilitation programs tailored to their specific needs, focusing on restoring function and preventing future injuries.

Is Physiotherapy suitable for children?   
Yes, Physiotherapy is beneficial for children with various conditions such as developmental delays, cerebral palsy, sports injuries, and musculoskeletal conditions, helping improve mobility and function. We can see children from 5 years old or above.

What is hydrotherapy and how can it benefit me?
Hydrotherapy involves exercises and activities performed in a heated pool under the guidance of an Exercise Physiologist or Physiotherapist. It can help improve mobility, strength, and circulation while reducing pain and stiffness. If you are interested in starting Hydrotherapy, we suggest asking Maximum Results on what they can provide for you.

Phone: (08) 9792 4179.

Can Physiotherapy help with vertigo and dizziness?
Yes, Physiotherapy techniques such as vestibular rehabilitation can help alleviate symptoms of vertigo and dizziness by retraining the brain to interpret signals from the inner ear correctly.

We love treating issues such as BPPV (Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo) through Physiotherapy techniques.

What is sports Physiotherapy?
Sports Physiotherapy focuses on the prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of sports-related injuries, helping athletes optimise performance, recover from injuries, and prevent future problems.

How can Physiotherapy help with chronic pain management?   
Physiotherapy can help manage chronic pain by addressing underlying factors such as muscle imbalances, poor movement patterns, and psychological factors through a combination of exercise, manual therapy, and education.

What is dry needling and how does it work?    
Dry needling involves inserting single-use thin needles into trigger points in muscles to relieve pain and improve muscle function. It works by releasing tension in the muscles and promoting blood flow to the area.

Can Physiotherapy help with lymphedema management?
Yes, Physiotherapy can help manage lymphedema through techniques such as manual lymphatic drainage, compression therapy, exercise, and education on self-care strategies.

We suggest contacting Aspire Physiotherapy Bunbury and asking for Pia to help you with this.

What is prehabilitation and how can it benefit me before surgery?
Prehabilitation involves starting a rehabilitation program before surgery to optimise physical function and improve outcomes post-surgery. It can help reduce recovery time and complications.

Can Physiotherapy help with falls prevention in older adults?
Yes, physiotherapy plays a crucial role in falls prevention by assessing balance and mobility, prescribing exercises to improve strength and stability, and implementing strategies to reduce fall risk factors.

What is TENS therapy and how does it work?   
Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) therapy involves using a device that delivers low-voltage electrical currents to alleviate pain. TENS therapy is commonly used to manage various types of acute and chronic pain, including musculoskeletal pain, neuropathic pain, and pain associated with conditions like arthritis or fibromyalgia. It’s important to note that while TENS therapy can be effective for many individuals, its effectiveness can vary, and it may not be suitable for everyone. It’s always recommended to consult with a healthcare professional before starting TENS therapy or any other pain management treatment.

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