Frequently Asked Questions:
What should I expect when visiting a physiotherapist?
A:Your first visit to a physiotherapist will be an initial appointment, which is 45 minutes, plus any additional time needed. This first physio appointment includes a full assessment, diagnosis, discussion of best treatment option, treatment and pain relief, and education for at-home treatment.
You’ll then go on to review appointments or physio strength sessions of around 30 to 45 minutes each to track progress, provide treatment, reassess your condition and run through injury-specific movements.
At Active Living, we also provide home-visit physiotherapy in Arundel, which are 1 hour (45mins) and includes everything an initial appointment covers. You can also have your review appointments in the comfort of your own home. Home visits do incur a $30 travel fee pending location.
When should someone see a physiotherapist?
A: If you have sustained an injury — such as in your back, neck, muscles, hand, leg, knee, etc. — you should book in with a physiotherapist as soon as possible. Your doctor may even recommend you visit a physiotherapist, as many people will see their GP first for pain management.
Do I need to see a GP before seeing a physiotherapist?
A: No, you do not need to see a GP or have a referral to see a physiotherapist. However, your doctor may recommend you see a physiotherapist if you have an injury or are having surgery where physio may be of help for recovery.
How do I prepare for my physiotherapy appointment?
A: When you’re visiting a physio, ensure you’re wearing loose, comfortable clothing you can easily move in, keeping in mind what you are going to see a physio for. For example, shorts may be a better choice for a knee injury than leggings so the physiotherapist can easily access the knee.
For your first appointment, please complete our convenient online forms prior to arrival (arrive at least 10 to 15 minutes early to allow time for paperwork). You should also bring any health fund information, injury background details, a list of any medications you’re currently taking and any previous x-rays to help us get down to treatment as soon as possible.