How can Physiotherapy help me?
The Physiotherapy Profession
Physiotherapy is the art and science underlying movement and function, whereby physiotherapists make clinical judgements and apply their skills to develop a client’s functional abilities. Physiotherapists have the opportunity to develop expanded skills and advanced competence through experience, additional post-graduate education and training, continuing professional development and research. Physiotherapists with advanced clinical skills, professional judgement and clinical reasoning are able to order x-rays, CT scans and screen for orthopaedic surgery. Physiotherpaists are essential for pre or post surgery rehabilitation – particularly for orthopaedic conditions.
Our physio clinic in Kirrawee also provides a number or services which provides testing and data useful for performance athletes and coaches that manage athletes.
What Does a general consultation involve?
You will be greeted at our physiotherapy clinic in Kirrawee by a receptionist. At the first consultation it is beneficial to arrive 10 minutes early to complete an intake form. Your physiotherapist will sit with you in a private treatment room to obtain a thorough history and may conduct movement and physical assessments to assist in diagnosis. Assessing and diagnosing your condition and needs is a key purpose of the initial physio consultation.
The consulation will usually involve application of therapy or interventions. A summary of the common interventions are detailed in the next paragraph.
We will work with you to set and attain goals—whether that’s maintaining mobility and independence in aged care to running a marathon.
Prescribing exercise and physical aides if required.
Summary of Common Physiotherapy interventions include, but are by no means limited to, the following broad categories:
- Education, consultation, health promotion and prevention services.
Personalized therapeutic exercise including testing and conditioning, neurotherapeutic approaches to improve strength, range of motion, and function.
- Soft tissue and manual therapy techniques; including massage, spinal and peripheral joint mobilization and manipulation. Physical, electrotherapeutic and mechanical agents; and acupuncture.
- Cardiorespiratory techniques including airway clearance methods. Skin and wound care.
- Management of incontinence including pelvic floor re-education. Functional activity and tolerance testing and training.
- Work and occupational re-training and return to work planning. Prescription, fabrication and application of assistive, adaptive, supportive and protective devices and equipment. Environmental change, focusing on removing barriers to function.
All Australians can benefit from physiotherapy at some point in their lives. While it is well-known that physiotherapists treat injuries, increasing numbers of Australians are coming to physiotherapists when they want to take control of their health and stay well. Some of the needs physiotherapists address include:
- Cardiorespiratory – prevents, rehabilitates and supports people living with, or at risk of diseases and injuries affecting the heart and lungs, such as heart disease or asthma. Physiotherapists help patients prepare for or recover from surgery, and prescribe exercises and other interventions to improve quality of life.
- Cancer, palliative care and lymphoedema – addresses a range of patient needs, including treating, managing or preventing fatigue, pain, muscle and joint stiffness, and deconditioning.
- Continence and women’s health – manages and prevents incontinence and pelvic floor dysfunction in men, women and children. Physiotherapists work in areas including pregnancy, birth, post-partum care, breastfeeding, menopause, bedwetting, prolapse, loss of bladder or bowel control, and with men living with or recovering from prostate cancer.
- Supporting older Australians – uses evidence-based care to promote healthy and active ageing among older Australians. Working in home and residential aged care settings, physiotherapists help manage or prevent the effects of conditions or risks such as osteoporosis, incontinence and falls.
- Musculoskeletal – prevents and treats clients with musculoskeletal conditions such as neck and back pain. Techniques include addressing underlying problems, preventing strain and injury, and prescribing exercises and other interventions to promote mobility.
- Neurology – promotes movement and quality of life in patients who have had severe brain or spinal cord damage from trauma, or who suffer from neurological diseases such as stroke, Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis.
- Orthopaedic – helps patients prevent or manage acute or chronic orthopaedic conditions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and amputations. Physiotherapists also help patients prepare for or rehabilitate from orthopaedic surgery, or another orthopaedic hospital admissions.
- Occupational health – supports the health and wellbeing of workers, reduces safety risks in the workplace, prevents and manages injuries and diseases, and support workers in returning to work.
- Paediatric (supporting infants and children) – aims to prevent conditions such as plagiocephally (misshapen head) or support a child’s development such as addressing milestone delays with sitting and walking, clumsiness, or hyperactivity.
- Pain – manages or prevents pain and its impact on function in patients using a psychologically informed and interdisciplinary approach. Physiotherapists work with other health and social-care professionals to manage pain at the acute stage of an injury or condition, including through identifying psychosocial risk factors that may lead to chronicity. Examples of pain include neck pain, back pain, knee pain and shoulder pain.
- Sports – prevents, diagnoses and treats musculoskeletal and sporting injuries among all types of people, from professional athletes to everyday Australians.
- Acupuncture and dry needling – which helps to manage both chronic and acute conditions such as sprains and strains, spinal dysfunction, arthritis and neurological conditions.
How can we Help You?
This YouTube clip was developed by the Australian Physiotherapy Association. Have a watch to understand more about how our physiotherapists in Kirrawee can help you. 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.