Choose Your Physio
Often patients come in after having spent endless amounts of time, effort and money on treatment without seeing any results. By researching and choosing a physiotherapist relevant to their specific injury the client can often achieve better results.
Here are some things to note before choosing a physiotherapist:
Firstly, it’s important that the physiotherapist you choose is fully qualified, registered and a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association. To check this you can use “Find a Physio” on the Australia Physiotherapy Association Website or check their registration also through the AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency) site.
While you’re researching the physiotherapist it’s a good idea to see any reviews for the physio and/or the clinic they practice at. But better still, ask around and see which physio’s people you know have had good experiences with.
Secondly, if there’s a particular problem area you need treated it’s a good idea to find a physio who has a special interest in that area or is a Specialist who is a Fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapists, as it will mean the physio has further qualifications, experience and expertise in treating your kind of injury.
While many times a client finds it is necessary to pick a clinic based on convenience or price this could end up meaning their physiotherapy isn’t showing the results they wanted because the team they went to didn’t have the skills for their injury. Similarly the price of physiotherapy may vary considerably but it is often relative to the qualifications and experience of the practitioner and the services they’re providing.
Lastly, make sure you discuss your goals, what you expect to get out of treatment and what your desired outcome is with your physiotherapist. This may be to be pain free, to start an exercise program, to return to work or sport, or to improve your sports performance.
So when booking your next physio appointment keep these things in mind and hopefully it’ll help to give you a speedier recovery!