What Is A Physiotherapist?
Physiotherapists are highly qualified health professionals who work in partnership with their patients to achieve optimal health and well-being.
Physiotherapists work closely with GPs and other health professionals to plan and manage a patients treatment. GPs refer more patients to physiotherapists than any other healthcare profession.
Using advanced techniques and evidence-based care, physiotherapists assess, diagnose, treat and prevent a wide range of health conditions and movement disorders. Physiotherapy helps repair damage, reduce stiffness and pain, increase mobility and improve quality of life.
Physiotherapy extends from health promotion to injury prevention, acute care, rehabilitation, maintenance of functional mobility, chronic disease management, patient and carer education and occupational health.
What Do I Need To Bring?
How Long Is My Appointment?
Do I Need A Referral?
Whats Involved in a typical Physiotherapy session?
A typical session with a physiotherapist is unique to a patient’s needs and their health condition. Treatment also depends on the scope of practice of the physiotherapist.
However, a ‘typical’ session may involve:
- Assessing and diagnosing the patient’s condition and needs.
- Working with the patient to set and attain goals—whether that's maintaining mobility and independence in aged care to running a marathon
- Developing a treatment or prevention plan that will take into account lifestyle, activities and general health
- Prescribing exercise and physical aides if required.