Physiotherapy is a healthcare profession that assesses, diagnoses, treats, and works to prevent disease and disability through physical means. Physiotherapists are professionals skilled in movement and function who work in tandem with their patients, assisting them to overcome movement disorders, which may have been acquired through accident or injury, present from birth, or are the result of ageing or life-changing events.
Physiotherapy can help patients recover from injury, increase mobility, and reduce pain and stiffness. A physiotherapist can also help you prevent further injury by working with you to plan the most appropriate treatment for your condition, including setting goals and treatment outcomes. A doctor’s referral is not necessary to see a physiotherapist as they are first contact practitioners. Physiotherapists, doctors, and other health professionals will often work as part of a team to plan and manage treatment for a specific condition.
What treatments do physiotherapists use?
Physiotherapists are trained to assess your condition, diagnose the problem, and help you understand what’s wrong. Your treatment plan will take into account your lifestyle, activities, and general health. The following are common treatment methods physiotherapists may use:
- Exercise programs to improve mobility and strengthen muscle
- Joint manipulation and mobilisation to reduce pain and stiffness
- Muscle re-education to improve control
- Soft tissue mobilisation (massage)
- Acupuncture /dry needling
- Assistance with use of aids, splints, crutches, walking sticks and wheelchairs
SportsMedNQ Physiotherapy specialises in:
- Rehabilitation of sports injuries
- Workplace injuries
- Back injuries/surgery
- Orthopaedic surgery
- Benign positional vertigo
- Exercise prescription for osteoarthritis /osteoporosis
- Fitball and clinical pilates and musculo-skeletal screening
- Kinesio strapping
- Real time ultrasound
- Dry needlingdryneedlingresized
- Massage therapy
- Exercise prescription
- Pre-employment assessments