Frequently Asked Questions
How long will each appointment last?
Your initial assessment will last for 45 minutes then each subsequent appointment lasts for 30 minutes.
What can I expect at my initial appointment?
At your first appointment a physiotherapist will ask you to tell them about your particular problem and then you will be examined to further help with the diagnosis. A treatment plan will be discussed and your agreement to this plan will be asked.
Will I see the same physiotherapist at each visit?
We feel that it is preferable for our patients to be seen by the same physiotherapist for the sake of continuity. However if for some reason such as illness or holidays this is impossible then your full treatment notes are available to another therapist in our team.
What if I am unable to keep my appointment?
We ask that when possible you give us 24 hours notice of cancellation so that we can offer your appointment to someone else.
What is a Home Exercise Programme?
A Home Exercise Programme consists of exercises that will help your recovery. We advise you to practise them regularly at home. It is felt that patients who exercise at home improve more rapidly.
How long will it take to get better?
Physiotherapy is often an ongoing process. Even though we will try to return you to 100%, we realise that it may take additional time depending on the type of condition or how long you have had it. Therefore we will give you all the tools you will need to continue after you are discharged. With time, and a maintained programme, you will hopefully return to 100%.
What should I wear for physiotherapy appointments?
Please wear comfortable clothing e.g. if presenting with a knee problem it may be easier to bring shorts or wear track suit trousers that can be rolled up.
What is the difference between Physiotherapy/ Osteopathy/Chiropractic?
In the main Osteopaths and Chiropractors are involved with musculoskeletal work and tend predominantly to treat patients using their manipulative skills. Physiotherapists also deal with musculoskeletal conditions using their manipulative and exercise therapy skills but they are also skilled in the rehabilitation of neurological problems, women’s health, burns, intensive care etc. by physical means. As a result, the training of physiotherapists is broader and more diverse to reflect this.