YOUR PHYSIOTHERAPY CARE TEAM
WHAT CAN A PHYSIOTHERAPIST DO TO HELP ME?
Physiotherapists are university trained allied health professionals, recognised as trusted partners by patients and doctors in the management and prevention of your health. Our job is to help people prevent injuries, to move better, to recover faster and to feel better following injury or illness.
Physiotherapists work closely in partnership with your GP to plan and manage your treatment.
The scope of physiotherapy is broad. We help with both new (acute) injuries, and chronic (long term) injuries, we can help rehabilitate you following surgery, illness or injury, we can help you keep functioning and mobile as you age, we can help manage your chronic disease, we can educate you about your condition, we provide education and support in the community and we can provide services to help you function in your workplace.
Physiotherapy is a natural drug-free therapy, which is scientific and evidence based. This means that physiotherapy protocols and treatment plans are scientifically reviewed and rigorously tested to ensure that they are appropriate and effective. Physiotherapists are required to maintain a high level of education so that they are aware of changes in practice and protocols.
Physiotherapy standards are upheld by the Australian Health Practitioners Regulatory Agency (AHPRA) and physiotherapists are required to uphold a high level of professionalism and accountability.
You can see more information about the kinds of things physiotherapists can treat by using our body chart function.
WHAT DOES A VISIT TO THE PHYSIO INVOLVE?
At your initial consultation, your physiotherapist will listen to you. They will listen to your concerns, your history of pain or illness and understand your goals. They will assess and diagnose your injury, movement and test your capabilities. They will offer you some hands-on therapy such as joint manipulation or mobilisation, muscle re-education, dry-needling, massage, stretches and exercises where appropriate. They will use the information they have gained by listening to you and assessing the way you move to formulate a plan for your treatment, to educate you about your condition, and to give you goals to move towards.
Your plan might involve the input of other team members such as the exercise physiologist for specific strengthening or hydrotherapy or the myotherapist for pain relief. Your physiotherapist may liaise with your doctor or medical specialist if they have specific concerns, or to coordinate your care. They may also refer you for X-Rays or other tests, or supply you with equipment to help with your prescribed activities or pain relief.
HOW WILL IT MAKE ME FEEL?
Everyone’s goal is to feel better immediately, and we hope you feel better straight away too! However sometimes it may take some time for your pain to settle down, depending on your injury or condition, how long you have had the problem for, and your other health conditions.
A visit to your physiotherapist should make you feel educated, empowered, confident, motivated and supported. You should leave understanding more about your condition that when you walked in. You should feel empowered that you have a qualified professional on your team with your best interests at heart. You should feel confident that your physiotherapist has a plan for what to do to progress your condition AND what to do in the instance that your treatment doesn’t progress as planned. You should feel motivated that you can do something to help yourself through home exercises or activities. You should know that your physiotherapy team is available for support if you have any concerns that you wish to talk through.
These are the principles that guide us at Fizzio for Life.
HOW DO I ACCESS PHYSIOTHERAPY SERVICES?
You do not need a referral from your GP to see a physiotherapist. You can simply call us to make an appointment, or book online. If you are coming privately and you hold private health insurance, a rebate may be applicable for your treatment. We have access to a HICAPs machine, so you only need cover the gap.
In some instances, you may be referred under a Team Care Arrangement (TCA) by your GP. To qualify you need to meet strict guidelines, and your eligibility is determined by your doctor. If you attend our practice under a TCA you may be eligible for bulk-billing for up to five visits per calendar year, if these visits are available under Medicare. Please let us know at the time of your booking if you have been referred under this scheme.
We accept referrals under DVA for both physiotherapy and exercise physiology. To be referred under DVA you must have an appropriate referral from your GP which includes the details of your DVA card, and the condition for which you are being treated. This can be on a D904 referral or a letter from the GP which has these elements included.
We also see people under Workcover. You should have a current Workcover certificate from your GP at all times during your treatment. If you are coming to see us under CTP Third Party insurance we will need a referral from the GP, and an approval from your insurance company.
If you are unsure about any requirements, please call our office on 3805 3223.