08 Feb Frequently Asked Questions
What is Physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy is a many-varied profession and is a part of the many allied health professions which compliment Western and Eastern medicine. Physiotherapy has many facets including Musculoskeletal, Sports, Cardio-respiratory, Neurological, Rehabilitation, Aged Care, Paediatrics, Women’s and Men’s Health, and Workplace Health and Safety, to name a few.
Physiotherapists are considered to be Primary Practitioners, whereby we are able to gather relevant information and formulate that into a clinical diagnosis with an appropriate treatment plan.
Our evidence-based practice lends us towards a patient-centred approach, utilising many different treatment techniques to help patients feel empowered and move towards their health goals.
Physiotherapists are employed in various locations including Public and Private Hospitals, Community Based Outpatient programs and through Private Practice.
How can Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy help me?
Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy can help increase flexibility & mobility, aid the repair of tissue damage, reduce pain, strengthen muscles, assess and restore biomechanical change/adaptation, increase range of movement, restore pain-free movement, and improve quality of life.
What does a session entail?
A standard physiotherapy session will start with a subjective evaluation, where we conduct a short discussion to determine how the injury occurred and any relevant information that will give us clues to the diagnosis of the injury and how to best set-up the physical examination. We then take you through a physical examination to examine the injury and find the areas of the body that are responsible for causing your pain/dysfunction. From here we are usually able to provide a differential diagnosis which we use as the starting point for your treatment. You will then receive relevant treatment for your condition and more often than not will also be asked to perform some stretches/exercise at home to compliment your treatment.
How long does it go for?
Initial consultations and follow up sessions are 30 minutes. Longer sessions are available upon request.
Do I need a referral?
No, you do not need a referral to make an appointment.
How much does a session cost?
An initial consultation is $80. Follow up sessions of 30 minutes are $70. Longer sessions of 60 minutes are available for $100. A pensioner discount of $10 is available upon presentation of pensioner card.
Will my private health insurance cover it?
We recommend that you check with your private health insurance provider to confirm that physiotherapy is covered under your policy. We are able to facilitate on-the-spot claims through Healthpoint for your private health insurance.
Is it covered under Medicare?
Onsite processing of DVA and Medicare EPC is available. Patients will be required to pay the gap for Medicare via cash/EFTPOS at time of appointment.
How soon can I get in?
We will strive to fit you in for your appointment at your earliest convenience.
What should I wear?
Please wear comfortable clothing that is easy for you to move in.
What should I bring?
Please bring any relevant scans, x-rays, and investigations. If you have it, bring your referral, plus any relevant correspondence from your GP or other treatment provider.
What sorts of treatments do you provide?
We use a variety of manual therapy techniques, as well as exercise-based rehabilitation. We also offer integrated dry-needling, and Pilates will be added in April 2017.
What is integrated dry needling?
This unique approach to dry needling uses the principles of relieving neural tension and irritation to restore joint function and range of movement, leading to reduced pain and the opportunity to improve underlying biomechanical issues which can cause the pain and dysfunction you may be experiencing.
What is Pilates?
Pilates is a series of movement exercises developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th Century. Pilates emphasises lengthening and alignment and gently develops flexibility, strength, balance, posture & coordination, making it ideal for rehabilitation.