What to expect on your first visit

When entering the clinic, please introduce yourself to our reception staff and take a seat in our waiting room. Magazines and Foxtel television are provided for your convenience. The reception staff will ask you to provide the information we need to commence your treatment. Please read carefully, complete and sign the papers given to you. Our physiotherapist will call you through to the treatment areas when they are ready.

At your first appointment your physiotherapist will perform an initial assessment taking a detailed history of your condition together with any relevant past medical history.

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Each consultation lasts 50-60 minutes. You may be asked to remove outer layers of clothing so that the problem can be fully assessed and it may therefore be helpful if you brought some shorts or leggings to your appointment including any relevant equipment such as running shoes.

An Initial Physical Assessment

A physical assessment will then be undertaken to determine the clinical diagnosis of your problem which will be explained to you by your clinician. From this your physiotherapist will work with you to formulate an appropriate personalised treatment plan. The aim of this unique programme will be to cater for your personal needs, maximise your rate of recovery and reduce the likelihood of a recurrence of the problem. Your physiotherapist will discuss how many treatments you are likely to need and will modify the treatment plan as your condition progresses.

A Customised Treatment Plan

Throughout the appointment your physiotherapist will give you lots of opportunities for you to ask questions about your condition and give you lots of advice regarding the management and prevention in future. Having identified your treatment plan the physiotherapist will then administer the agreed treatment program to help correct the condition and alleviate any pain. Every situation must be examined in its own context. Whilst manipulation may work for one symptom, it may not be the right course of action for others. As a result we use a wide range of treatments from mobilisation to dry needling to real time ultrasound and surface EMG biofeedback.