When you first see your physiotherapist you will be given a thorough assessment. This will involve the physiotherapist asking you several questions about your problem, past history and general health - the subjective assessment. She/he will then ask you to perform various movements – physical assessment. The information gained from the subjective and physical assessments will allow the physiotherapist to make a diagnosis which she/he will then explain to you.
Treatment will then be performed which may include various modalities such as:
- Soft tissue massage
- Joint mobilisation
- Electrotherapy (ie. ultrasound)
- Dry needling
The physio will work with you to develop a treatment plan that takes into account your lifestyle, leisure activities and general health. The physiotherapist will also provide education regarding ways to best self-manage your problem. This will include advice on how you can help yourself and potentially suggesting some modifications for your work, school or sporting activities. Further, the physiotherapist is likely to teach you exercises to perform at home to help speed up your recovery and prevent recurrences. Throughout the treatment or re-training program, the physio evaluates your progress at regular intervals, modifying treatment and goals when necessary. Wherever possible your physio will also work with you to help you learn to manage your condition independently in the long term.