Physiotherapists are fully qualified, registered practitioners who abide by a professional code of ethics.
University training enables the Physiotherapist to conduct a thorough assessment of the patient’s joint, muscular or nerve pain and then decide on the appropriate treatment.
Our physios are constantly upgrading their knowledge and skills by regularly attending conferences and seminars to ensure your most comprehensive treatment.
How Physio Works
Depending on which methods the Physiotherapist uses, treatment is aimed at:
- facilitating pain relief
- correcting muscle activation
- hastening natural healing processes
- returning normal joint movements
- regaining normal muscle lengths
- education of the patient of their condition
Physiotherapy uses medically proven techniques that are drug-free with the primary goal being optimum health and prevention of injury recurrence.
Who Needs Physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy is for everybody – so far our youngest patient has been 2 days old and our eldest over 100 years. Physiotherapy helps the most active labourer to the chair-bound office worker, from the active sportsman to the inactive “couch potato”.
Physiotherapy treats many ailments including:
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Sports injuries
- Work injuries
- TMJ disorder
- Ligament strain e.g. ankle/knee
- Nerve Palsy e.g. Bells
- Muscle strains/haematoma
- Respiratory problems e.g. Pneumonia, Asthma
- Walking Difficulties
- Post-orthopedic rehabilitation e.g. joint replacement/reconstruction
- Industrial injuries
Our charges are calculated along standard methods obtained from the Australian Physiotherapy Association, with value for money, for the patient, considered. A pensioner rate is available for old-age pensioners.
Treatment fees can be claimed from private medical insurance companies, if you have coverage. A Doctors referral is not required.
Medicare does cover physiotherapy fees for certain clients with chronic conditions, but you will have to discuss with your GP whether you are eligible. Many sporting bodies have Physiotherapy coverage, such as Football Queensland, and you may be able to claim if you injure yourself in your sport.
Workers Compensation patients should let the receptionist/physiotherapist know they are covered by one of these schemes, however patients are held responsible for payment of their accounts should liability be denied.
Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) clients should advise the receptionist/physiotherapist prior to receiving treatment that they hold a valid referral for physiotherapy services. Treatment provided with a referral or additional treatment not associated with the referral purpose, will incur a fee for treatment.
What to Expect
On your initial visit to our Physiotherapist you will be given a thorough assessment to find all causes of your pain/dysfunction. The therapist will then undertake the necessary treatment, as well as fully discussing your particular problems.
Treatment may include:
- joint mobilisations – from the very gentle to the more vigorous
- gait (walking) re-education
- electrotherapy e.g. ultrasound – to decrease swelling
- home programme e.g. exercises, self massage
- education on your condition – how to aid in recovery and assist in preventing its recurrence.
As you can see it is very involved and as such it is quite normal for each session to last 45 to 60 minutes. If you are unsure as to what to wear, please ask when making your appointment. We supply gowns for ladies use when appropriate and ensure patients’ privacy is maintained.