I never cease to be amazed at the number of times I hear people tell me how dissatisfied their previous experience with a physiotherapist or health practitioner was. Honestly it annoys me more than anything to know the profession gets a bad rap from these poor patient experiences. When it comes to finding the right physiotherapist it’s often multiple misses before they get a hit just like going on blind dates. But trying to find the right physiotherapist for you shouldn’t be hit and miss. It’s not what you want when you are in search of relief of your pain and restoration of your health. After all at least on a bad blind date you may still get a good coffee.
So how do you ensure an appointment with the right physiotherapist? How do you avoid feeling unheard, not getting the right treatment and frankly feeling no better off? Here are some tips.
Do your research – Look up who the physiotherapist is. Read their bio. Do they sound like they have the expertise that is right for you? Do they have a wide array of relevant experience to ensure they are a well rounded therapist that will understand you?
They must have a good range of treatment techniques – Having a great skill set is important for any job. A physiotherapist is no different. Different people and conditions respond better to different techniques. Multiples kinds of tissue and joint mobilisation techniques, joint manipulation, dry needling, taping, pilates, exercise therapy should be the basics of any good physiotherapist.
They must be able to soundly answer your questions – If the physiotherapist is not able to help educate you on your condition you are in the wrong place. Not all conditions are simple but that is exactly when the right physiotherapist for you will be able to guide your treatment and refer when necessary to ensure you get the best possible outcome.
The therapist should be experienced in your condition/injury – Make sure they have experience treating your condition. Not everyone is the same. Having treated this condition or someone doing your sport, the physiotherapist will be better equipped to manage you back to health.
They must have further training outside the usual degree – Further training beyond the base level shows a genuine passion for what they do. It shows their dedication to improving their skills ensuring they are better qualified to assist you.
They have done further training in rehabilitation techniques or training – I think it should be mandatory for physiotherapists to undertake further training in strength and conditioning. This is to ensure they are equipped to understand the whole scope of your condition, from the acute to full recovery and even assisting you to improve your overall health.
Word of mouth – A great way to hear about a physiotherapist from the mouths of others in the community, especially those close to you.
So make sure you do your research and find the right physiotherapist for you. If you have any enquiries or require assistance please contact us at Point to Point Physiotherapy on 9521 6633.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Scott Rolph is a Physiotherapist and has worked in private practice, public and private hospitals focusing on acute injuries, sports, post operative orthopaedic care and rehabilitation. His experience also includes working with elite athletes within the Australian and Victorian swimming teams.
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