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Physiotherapist Frequently Asked Questions

What conditions can a physiotherapist treat?

Physiotherapists are trained to treat a variety of conditions that affect the physical function of adults and children. They primarily focus on issues related to the musculoskeletal, neurological, and cardiorespiratory systems. Common conditions they manage include back pain, arthritis, injuries from sports, stroke recovery, and post-operative rehabilitation. They also offer guidance for managing chronic conditions such as asthma and diabetes through therapeutic exercises and lifestyle advice.

Is physiotherapy treatment painful?

Physiotherapy is not meant to be painful; however, some discomfort may be experienced depending on the type of treatment and the condition being treated. For instance, recovering mobility after a long period of inactivity or surgery might involve exercises that can be challenging and mildly uncomfortable. However, a physiotherapist will work within your pain threshold to ensure a safe and effective recovery and will adjust techniques and intensity to minimize discomfort.

How many physiotherapy sessions will I need?

The number of physiotherapy sessions required varies widely depending on the individual's specific condition, the severity of the issue, and their goals for recovery. After an initial assessment, your physiotherapist will recommend a treatment plan that outlines the expected number of sessions needed to achieve your health objectives. Some patients may see improvements within a few sessions, while others may need longer-term management and follow-up.

What should I wear to a physiotherapy session?

It's best to wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing to your physiotherapy sessions so that you can move freely and your physiotherapist can easily access and assess the area requiring treatment. For example, if you are attending for a knee injury, shorts would be appropriate. For a shoulder condition, a sleeveless shirt or tank top might be ideal. Your physiotherapist will advise you prior to your appointment if specific clothing is required based on the treatment planned.


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