On your first appointment for Physio treatment at The Guildhall Practice, we will begin with taking a full case history to understand the factors that have contributed to your condition.
Your Physio will conduct an assessment process including your past medical history, your current general health your occupation and recreational lifestyle and the presenting complaint.
This consultation and the treatment process will last between 45 minutes and an hour, whereby we aim to assess, diagnose and commence treatment.
It is important that you bring along any information you may have relating to medication, the results of clinical tests, scans or x-rays that you have had as it may be of use to your Physiotherapist.
Having taken the case history your Physiotherapist will carry out a series of tests which will help in determining a more accurate diagnosis. It is important to us that all of our patient’s feel comfortable during your physio treatment. Your Physiotherapist will do their best to respect your modesty at all times, and it’s important that you communicate with them whenever you feel uncomfortable.
You will normally be asked to remove some of your clothing during the examination and treatment. You may bring a pair of shorts and a t-shirt to change into before your assessment if it makes you feel more comfortable. You are free to bring along a friend or relative with you to act as your chaperone.
Following the case history your Physiotherapist may conduct further medical, orthopaedic or neurological tests. They will explain the relevance of these as they proceed.
Physiotherapists use their hands to assess areas tension, tenderness, restriction or strain and will perform various passive stretching movements to your joints to evaluate your mobility. Once your Osteopath has arrived at a diagnosis they will explain in detail what has gone wrong, often using models, pictures and diagrams to aid your understanding. They will explain the most appropriate treatment for you and give you an indication of how many treatments you are likely to need and how long it will take to improve your condition. It is our procedure at the Guildhall Practice that if there is no significant improvement within six treatments we reassess your case with a colleague.
If your physiotherapist is concerned about the potential of a more serious underlying condition you will be referred to the most appropriate specialist or referred back to your doctor for further investigations. In most cases we will commence treatment immediately. This normally takes the form of soft tissue massage, articulation, strapping, stretches and manipulation, however, treatment is different for every patient and depends on your age, fitness and diagnosis.
At The Guildhall Practice we are keen for all of our patients to become better informed as to ways in which they may self manage an injury. We will give you advice with regards to your posture, ways in which you may adapt your work station, your diet and appropriate exercise.
Research has shown that frequently patients may feel some degree of aching following physical therapy, either at the site of the existing complaint or in some other area. This normally lasts for between 24-48 hours. Although more intense symptoms are very rare, it is important that we know if any you experience any aggravation in your symptom pattern.