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Making the most of your physiotherapy visit
Good results don't just happen. In order for your physiotherapy treatment to be a success you will need to be an active partner in your treatment - so to help ensure you get the most out of your visit to the Physiotherapist we have pulled together a 'Top Tips' for Physiotherapy list.
Prepare for your physio appointment. It will increase your chances of leaving well-informed and satisfied. Write down your concerns or symptoms in advance, so you don't forget to talk about them. Also bring a list of all prescription and non-prescription medications you take, plus any vitamins or supplements. You may also want to jot down notes about your diet and exercise habits - factors important to your overall health not just your back pain or sports injury.
Wear appropriate clothing. If you are worried about stripping down to your underwear, bring along some exercise gear. Your Physiotherapist will need to be able to see and feel your back in order to treat you successfully.
Take notes. Bring a pad and pen to your physio appointment as you will certainly end your visit discussing a treatment program for your condition.
If you have questions or concerns, speak up! Your health is too important. Don't be embarrassed that you don't understand something your Physiotherapist has told you - ask that it be explained.
Educate yourself about your condition and treatment plan. If you are diagnosed with a specific kind of injury do a little research on the web, borrow a book from the library or buy a book on-line. It never hurts to have a more thorough understanding of your condition or treatment.
Once you agree on a physiotherapy treatment plan, follow it through. Physiotherapists help your body to heal itself. The exercises that your Physiotherapist asks you to do at home will be a vital part of the overall treatment plan to relieve your back pain or resolve your sports injury so you are mobile, active and pain-free as soon as possible.
Do not ignore the lifestyle issues which may contribute to your susceptibility to back pain or injury. Many of the root causes of back pain are lifestyle related. In particular increasingly sedentary work and recreational practices and long hours operating computers or equipment are frequently found to be contributory causes of back pain or increase the likelihood of suffering a sports injury.
The Organisation of Chartered Physiotherapists in Private Practice