As a physiotherapist for over 10 years I have observed many advances in our profession that has seen it increasingly grow and expand. Over this time there has also been a lot of common misconceptions and questions that we come across daily. Hopefully this article can clarify these recurrent questions and misunderstandings we come across daily.
- You do not need a referral to come and see a Physiotherapist.
There are many conditions and problems that we face whereby seeing our GP is our first port of call. Some conditions may require the help of the doctor to guide further investigations or treat medically but it is not always necessary. When it comes to musculoskeletal injuries, there is often scope for making a physiotherapist your first point of contact. We can assess and treat the injury and can always guide you back to the doctor if further help is needed. So when a patient often asks if they need a doctor’s referral to make an appointment to see us the short answer is no.. it is not required.
- Successful Physiotherapy outcomes require a compliant and active patient.
When treating patients, I often wish I had a magic wand to wave over an ailing body part. Unfortunately, we cannot perform magic. Physiotherapy is successful when the patient and the therapist work together on creating a treatment plan in order to meet the patient’s goals.
- Seeking treatment will not always mean you need to cease activity.
Often a patient will express fear in coming to see a physiotherapist as they are concerned that we will encourage them to stop their activities and exercise. Whilst some injuries do require some time of rest more often than not we will encourage you to maintain your function and activities. This may mean modifying them for a short period of time but part of your recovery will be to remain as active and functional as possible within the limits that your problem will allow you to.
- You do not need to be in pain to see a Physiotherapist.
Treating people’s pain whether it be acute or chronic is a large part of what we do.. but it isn’t the only thing that we do. We can also help people that may be struggling with functional activities due to weakness or previous surgeries or accidents or help guide people on a path to exercise and be more active.
If you need any more questions answered please give us a call and book in for an assessment.