FAQ

Frequently asked questions

What does a physiotherapist do?


Physiotherapists help people affected by injury, illness or disability through movement and exercise, manual therapy, education and advice. They maintain health for people of all ages, helping patients to manage pain and prevent disease.




Is physiotherapist is a doctor?


According to variously supreme court judgements, a physiotherapist can prefix Dr. to his/her name, when he/she has finished doctorate. Only a registered medical practitioner can call himself a doctor and prefix Dr. to their name. Yes the person who have done a degree course in PHYSIOTHERAPY are considered as doctors.




How quickly does physiotherapy work?


A good physical therapist will track progress and check whether you are making gains in range of motion, function, and strength. Generally, soft tissues will take between six and eight weeks to heal, meaning that a typical physiotherapy program will last about that long.




Does physiotherapy really work?


There's an enormous body of research supporting the use of physiotherapy for treating musculoskeletal problems. For example, dozens of studies have demonstrated that physiotherapy can help with joint injuries and pain relating to the back, neck, shoulder, knee wrist and ankle.




How many physiotherapy sessions will I need?


Minor injuries you might expect 2-3 sessions of physiotherapy; soft tissue injuries you would be looking more towards 6 – 8 weeks, as this is roughly how long it takes for soft tissue to heal in most cases; and more chronic or serious conditions taking 2 or more months of treatment depending on the level of progress ...




Why physiotherapy is required?


Physiotherapy is treatment to restore, maintain, and make the most of a patient's mobility, function, and well-being. Physiotherapy helps through physical rehabilitation, injury prevention, and health and fitness. Physiotherapists get you involved in your own recovery.




What treatment is given in physiotherapy?


Physiotherapy (PT) is a healthcare profession, which encompasses various treatment modalities such as massages, heat therapy, exercises, electrotherapy, patient education, and advice for treating an injury, ailment, or deformity.




How can physiotherapy reduce pain?


pain-relief treatments such as heat or ice packs, TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) machines, massage, manipulation, acupuncture or taping. providing walking aids or splints to help you stay mobile and independent.




How long does a session of physio last?


Usually sessions last between 30 minutes and an hour but this depends on the nature of the condition. The first appointment will usually be longer in order to account for time taken to take a patient's medical history.




What can I expect at my first physio appointment?


Your initial visit will typically last from 40-60 minutes. Your physiotherapist will start with a thorough history of your injury, asking you questions about how the pain began, or how your injury occurred. The therapist will ask about factors that contribute to your pain such as hobbies, sports, work, and previous injuries. Your relevant medical history will be reviewed with you, and any test reports (MRI, CT scan, ultrasound, X-Ray) that you bring with you will be discussed. The physiotherapist will then do a physical assessment of your injury/problem area. During your initial assessment, your physiotherapist will discuss with you what they have found, they will provide treatment (often a combination of manual therapy techniques to relieve pain and restore mobility, and specific exercises that you can do at home to accelerate your progress), and they will come up with a treatment plan for you, including recommendations regarding scheduling further treatments with you.




What happens during a physiotherapy session?


movement, tailored exercise and physical activity advice – exercises may be recommended to improve your general health and mobility, and to strengthen specific parts of your body. manual therapy – where the physiotherapist uses their hands to help relieve pain and stiffness, and to encourage better movement of the body.




Is pain worse after physio?


Generally, if there is an increase in your presenting symptoms after a session, it's something that you should discuss with your physio. Other pains or soreness that occur after treatment are usually very normal and natural and is actually a sign that the treatment is helping.




How many times a day should you do physio exercises?


How Often Should You Do Your Exercises? It's always best to listen to the advice of your physio but generally, exercises should initially be performed 2-3 times per day for 5 minutes each time. This amount of repetition allows the muscles to develop the “memory” they need to perform their role.




Can physiotherapist prescribe orthotics?


It falls within their scope of practice to assess for, prescribe (depending on provincial jurisdiction) and dispense foot orthoses in the treatment of foot dysfunction, injury or pain.




Can physiotherapists diagnose?


Like doctors, physiotherapists can be “primary contact” practitioners who can examine, diagnose and treat injuries.




Can a physiotherapist refer you for an MRI?


Yes. Requesting investigations such as plain X-Rays, ultrasound or MRI scans as part of physiotherapy practice is within the scope of the physiotherapy profession. Clinicians working in triage/interface roles have been requesting imaging in this context as a Non-Medical Referrer (NMR) for a number of years.




What does a physiotherapist treat?


Physiotherapists are experts in the structure of the human body and its movement. They work with people of all ages to treat a broad range of health conditions including sports injuries and musculoskeletal conditions as well as chronic health conditions such as diabetes, obesity, osteoarthritis and stroke.




Can a physio send me for an xray?


Yes. Requesting investigations such as plain X-Rays, ultrasound or MRI scans as part of physiotherapy practice is within the scope of the physiotherapy profession.