Often people are unsure exactly why they might need to see a Physiotherapist or what they can do to help them. Physiotherapists are highly qualified health professionals who work in partnership with their patients to help people get better and stay well. Physiotherapists also work closely with GPs and other health clinicians to plan and manage treatment.
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. They do this using a variety of techniques including soft tissue massage, muscle re-education, joint mobilisation, exercise, taping, ultrasound and tens machine application.
Common reasons people seek help
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 our physiotherapists address include:
Pain – manages or prevents pain and its impact on function in patients using a psychologically informed and interdisciplinary approach.
Sports – prevents, diagnoses and treats musculoskeletal and sporting injuries among all types of people, from professional athletes to everyday Australians.
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, bed wetting, prolapse and loss of bladder or bowel control. Chevron Island Physio has two Physiotherapists with a special interest in Women’s Health.
Supporting older Australians – uses evidence-based care to promote healthy and active ageing among older Australians. Chevron Island Physio has its own Balance and Falls Prevention class twice per week as well as a senior’s Yoga class that helps to benefit mind and body.
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. We are lucky enough to have a Physiotherapist who specializes in treating headaches!
Orthopedic – helps patients prevent or manage acute or chronic orthopedic conditions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and amputations. Physiotherapists also help patients prepare for or rehabilitate from orthopedic surgery, or another orthopedic hospital admissions.
Acupuncture and dry needling – which helps to manage both chronic and acute conditions such as sprains and strains, spinal dysfunction, arthritis and neurological conditions.
A typical session with a physiotherapist –
A typical session with a physiotherapist is unique to a patient’s needs and their health condition. Treatment also depends on the scope of practice of the physiotherapist.
However, a ‘typical’ session may involve:
- Assessing and diagnosing the patient’s condition and needs.
- Working with the patient to set and attain goals—whether that’s maintaining mobility and independence in aged care to running a marathon
- Developing a treatment or prevention plan that will take into account lifestyle, activities and general health
- Hands on treatment utilising mobilization, massage, dry needling, exercise and stretching, ultrasound and tens machine among other techniques
- Prescribing exercise and physical aides if required.
Our physios also run Pilates classes specific to each patient’s needs and concerns. This is a great way to rehabilitate injury, stay injury free and get fit! This is also claimable under private health insurance (extras).
Do you need a referral?
No you do not need a referral however if you have one please bring it along.
If you intend to claim under Medicare you do require an Enhanced Primary Care Program prescribed by your GP. This form is given to those who meet specific criteria.
To find out more contact us on 5504 7000 or visit our website here
Chevron Island Physio
21 Adori St, Chevron Island
Phone: 5504 7000