PHYSIOTHERAPY (sorry, only available for neurological re-education by referral)
Initial assessment and follow-up appointment(s)
Please allow up to 60 minutes for the first assessment. This allows the physiotherapist adequate time to ask you questions regarding your problem and to take a medical history. You will be asked to give your consent prior to the assessment taking place.
In order to assess, diagnose, and treat your condition the physiotherapist will need to physically examine the area you are having problems with, and often the joints above and below too. During an assessment, the physiotherapist will explain everything ahead of the physical examination. If you have any queries or concerns, these can be raised at this time.
At the end of the assessment the physiotherapist will aim to give you an appropriate diagnosis for your problem along with a timescale for treatment.
Any follow up treatment appointment/(s) required are generally of 45 minutes duration. The physiotherapist will review any progress made, review your musculo-skeletal problem; either continuing with the treatment plan, or offering alternative treatment options. You may be advised that your follow-up appointment/(s) be made weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly. The time lapse between the appointment follow-up will be determined by your condition, and response to treatment.
You may be offered various treatments to aid recovery of your problem. For example joint mobilisations and manipulations, strengthening and stretching exercises, muscle energy techniques, acupuncture, and soft tissue massage. Use of electrotherapy such as Ultrasound may also be considered if available.
Treatment options will always be discussed with you first so that you can make an informed decision on what treatment you prefer, and understand the intended outcome of the treatment.
It is often normal to be a little more sore post treatment. Normally this will only last for a day or so, before subsiding. This is entirely normal and although we don’t want to put you in too much discomfort it is an important aspect of the treatment process. After your symptoms have subsided you may see a general reduction/improvement in your symptoms. Sometimes, you will have no change in your symptoms after your first session. If this is the case, don’t worry. Whether you have seen an improvement or not it is important to inform the physiotherapist on your next visit. They will use the information you provide to either modify the treatment, or change the original treatment plan in favour of an alternative option. Your progress is regularly reviewed, and if you fail to respond to any of the treatment after four sessions other available options will be discussed. To monitor the effectiveness of the treatment the physiotherapist will use an outcome measure (a tool which measures the success/failure of the treatment). This information can be passed onto your GP, or other healthcare provider as necessary.
What do you need for the assessment?
If you have any details/documentation regarding your condition then please show this to the physiotherapist during the assessment. For example scan results, blood test results, and details of any medication you currently may be taking.
What to wear?
It is recommended that you wear suitable clothing to the assessment. For example a pair of shorts for a lower limb problem would be ideal. If your problem is located around your upper back/neck/arms the physiotherapist may ask you to remove your *shirt/t-shirt/vest to expose the area.
*(Sports bras are ideal for women to wear in these circumstances as they allow for adequate assessment.)
The physiotherapist will ensure you feel entirely comfortable before asking you to proceed with the examination.
PHYSIOTHERAPY IS ONLY AVAILABLE AT OUR BRIGHTON CENTRE.