Choosing a physiotherapist to treat you for whatever condition is not very difficult.
Like so many other health professions, physiotherapy has a number of different areas of expertise, and is governed by strict standards of service. Practitioners themselves have to be sufficiently educated and officially registered to practice. So, identifying which physiotherapist can provide you with the treatment you need requires more than simply picking up a phone book.
At mhealth, we make sure every service we provide meets the highest professional standards, and that our practitioners – in every area, from physiotherapy and osteopathy to massage and podiatry – are fully qualified and properly educated.
But what is the best advice to give those searching for the right physiotherapist? We have a list of 5 key tips we recommend that should see your good.
5 Tips To Finding the Right Physiotherapist
1. Check Their Qualifications
Just as when you deal with any health professional, it is essential that your physiotherapist is fully qualified and fully accredited. They are required by law to have completed a degree at an approved educational institution, and to be registered with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia (PBA). The PBA is responsible for keeping professional standards high, keeping out the ‘cowboys’, ensuring the Code of Practice is adhered to and that practitioners are fully insured.
2. Know the Relevant Area of Expertise
Physiotherapy covers a wide area, and just as there is little point in speaking to a brain surgeon about a sore tooth, you should seek out a physiotherapist with the relevant qualification for your particular problem. So, if you have a bad back, see someone who specialises in musculoskeletal conditions, and if you are recovering from heart bypass surgery see an expert in cardiovascular physiotherapy.
It might seem a minor issue but location is something that should be considered, especially when the injury or condition to be treated is chronic. Driving long distances is not wise when you have musculoskeletal problems, while post-surgery physiotherapy can be a delicate process. So, if you can, choose a physiotherapist that is close by, or that is not difficult to get to, that has easy access (wheelchair ramps).
4. Consider The Methods of Treatment
While it never wise to second-guess the appropriate treatment, you may have a preference for a treatment type. Traditionally, physiotherapists use techniques like movement and massage, but there is a wider array used today. These include acupuncture, reflexology,hydrotherapy and shiatsu. Ask if a preferred alternative treatment is available. Many clinics that offer physiotherapy (like here at mhealth) offer alternative treatment options, so they may have what you need.
5. Check Availability
Perhaps the most important consideration is whether the physiotherapist is actually available. When you are in pain, a waiting list is the last thing you need to be put on. It’s important to get treatment as quickly as possible, so ask about the workload. This can be essential if you suffer a relapse and need emergency attention. Small practices can offer superb treatment, but larger clinics are better able to handle the availability issue.
At mhealth, we offer much more than general physiotherapy treatments to help patients rehabilitate from injury and illness. Our programmes are designed to prevent future and promote a healthier lifestyle. That’s why, as well as physiotherapy, we also provide expertise in Clinical Pilates, Podiatry, Naturopathy, Massage Therapy and Myotherapy amongst others.
For more on what we offer, check out our website, or contact one of our team at (03) 8585 2222.