WHAT TO EXPECT
During your first 45-minute physiotherapy session you can expect:
- A thorough assessment, which will begin with detailed questions to pinpoint the problem. This will be followed by a physical assessment, which will likely include postural, biomechanical, and movement analysis and a hands-on assessment to help isolate the final diagnosis.
- Treatment, which may constitute: soft tissue work, joint mobilisation, dry needling and electrotherapy, depending on the diagnosis.
- A home exercise programme specific to your injury. The purpose of this is to speed up full recovery and reduce the risk of reoccurrence.
- We also aim to identify and correct predisposing factors such as incorrect footwear, poor ergonomic (especially computer) set up, poor training programmes, etc.
Follow-up sessions are also 45 minutes and will include a brief follow-up assessment to identify the level of improvement, treatment and a progression of the exercise programme.
During your first 45-minute biokinetics session you can expect:
- An assessment including the history of the injury.
- An assessment of specific muscle lengths and strengths.
- A biomechanical assessment of either sports specific or functional movements.
- An individualised exercise programme targeted at correcting the identified imbalances.
Follow up sessions are 45-minutes and will become more sport specific (a rugby player with an ankle sprain requires different exercises to a dancer with a similar injury, for example).
What you can do:
Have a quick think about the injury and the symptoms: how and when it happened, initial symptoms, progression of symptoms and how it affects your life and sport. You can write it down and bring those notes to your first session. Any investigations (i.e. X-ray reports) are useful too.
Be willing to be part of the treatment. You play the most important role in the management of your injury so come on board with exercises and advice. If you are a runner, bring your running shoes.