Our approach and what is involved in the initial assessment.
We place an emphasis on rehabilitation as our objective is to relieve your pain and restore function. We will do this by carrying out an initial assessment and discussing with you what you would like to achieve. Together, we will set some goals.
What will happen
Your first appointment will be with a physiotherapist. The physiotherapist will carry out a full assessment and physical examination to establish the cause and nature of your condition. The appointment will last for 45 minutes.
From this assessment, we will work to clinically reason and diagnose the problem, ensuring you gain as much understanding of the condition as possible. We will assess your needs and work with you to design an individual treatment programme that works for you.
Even if another professional has diagnosed you with a particular condition, we will still need to carry out our own assessment. This is because we relate your assessment directly to the treatment that we can provide.
If you have been treated by us previously but have not visited for over two months or have recently had surgery, we may need to reassess you because your symptoms or health may have changed.
The physical examination
Your physiotherapist will want to look at the area of your body that is causing you problems so you may need to remove some of your clothes. You will not be asked to remove any more clothing than is necessary.
If you think a certain movement or activity is causing your problem, your physiotherapist may want to see you demonstrate it.
What to wear
Wear comfortable clothing so you can move freely. Trainers, a loose top and shorts or a tracksuit are ideal.
Your treatment programme
Once the physiotherapist has assessed you, we will discuss the various treatment options available that may be beneficial. Your progress will regularly be reviewed to ensure the treatment is being effective, and will be modified as required. You will also be given a home exercise programme to complement the treatment sessions.
We may also recommend that you take part in one of our group exercise classes.
We will regularly review your progress and, if required, will adjust the treatment programme so that you meet your goals.
You do not need a doctor's referral to make an appointment with us. However, with your consent, if it is necessary, we may liaise with your GP or consultant during the assessment and treatment process.
At your first consultation, we will assess your needs and work with you to design a treatment programme.