What to Expect On Your First Physiotherapy Session?

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Physiotherapy in Mandurah is slowly becoming an integral part of all medical recovery. It is no longer sufficient for health care providers in Mandurah to discharge a patient from the hospital only to let the patient fend for himself. A patient, especially one who has suffered musculoskeletal impairment due to accident, injury or as a side effect of surgery has special needs that extend well beyond his stay at the hospital. Helping a patient to get back on his feet, so to speak, is just as important as treating him in the first place.

 

For those who will be experiencing physiotherapy for the first time, we have laid out some very basic things that you can expect on your first physiotherapy session.

 

First off, your physician will assign you to a physiotherapist. However, what to physiotherapists do exactly? Physiotherapists are individuals who have been educated, trained and licensed to be able to provide you with physiotherapeutic care. Physiotherapy will most likely include mobility exercises, massages, specially designed exercises and your therapist is in charge of building a program that will help you with any particular physical difficulty that you have. Some physiotherapists are board certified to provide specialized care for sports injury, sports physiotherapy and neurological physiotherapy. It is best to approach a therapist who has extensive experience in your particular problem.

 

On your first visit you will be assessed for mobility problems. Your physiotherapist will most likely talk to you about your history, your symptoms and your daily activity. The goal is to help you move better by increasing your strength, balance and helping your joint and muscles regain or develop mobility. Your physiotherapist will then develop a program, with your involvement, and set goals for you program. There is no one size fits all program for physiotherapy. If you notice that a clinic you are going to is doing this for their patients, this is a clear sign that the practice is not concerned enough about your well-being to take the time to personalize a program for you.

 

The first session will last about 30-45 minutes and it is best to bring a loved one, or care giver if you have one, to the session so that the physiotherapist can also include your care giver in the program and educate them in ways that will speed up your recovery. Physiotherapy is a team effort, your progress and development will come quicker if you and your physiotherapist are in the same page and are both invested in your progress.

 

Contact a physiotherapist today if you don’t already have one at 4 Life Physiotherapy Mandurah.

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