Frequently Asked Questions

How quickly will I be seen for my first appointment?

We will make an immediate appointment for you to see a physiotherapist within 24 hours.

What to expect during your first consultation?

The physiotherapist will take a full medical history, and will discuss details of your present symptoms, as well as any previous symptoms. You will have the opportunity to discuss related work, sport or recreational activities, and your needs for rehabilitation. A thorough examination will be performed in order to establish the diagnosis, and to identify any factors that may have predisposed you to developing your symptoms. Such factors may include faulty posture, muscle tightness or weakness, or poor exercise technique. The physiotherapist will discuss the nature of the problem with you and plan a personalized treatment programme. Treatment will usually be commenced at the first session.

How many sessions will be required?

The number of sessions needed varies from person to person, depending on the nature of the problem, and how long the symptoms have been present. The physiotherapist will be able to advise you after the initial consultation.

What do I need to bring with me?

Please bring any information you have regarding your problem (such as a doctor's referral letter, X-rays, MRI scans etc...) You may wish to bring a pair of shorts if you have a back or lower limb problem.

How long does an appointment last?

Assessment and Treatment sessions are approximately 20- 30 mins. You will be assessed on your first visit to determine your current problems and possible solutions and recomendations regarding your subsequent treatment will be given.

Do I need a doctor's referral?

A referral from a General Physician or consultant is not necessary, but you can be seen by your own General Physician if appropriate. Our physiotherapists will usually be happy to help, should you need specific medical advice or an onward referral to a specialist.

Self-referrals are welcome.

What kinds of treatment are used?

Physiotherapists are able to use a variety of techniques, which may include:

  • Hands-on techniques such as joint mobilization.
  • Exercises to improve flexibilty, strength and posture
  • Electrotherapy
  • Advice on how to adapt your usual exercise/training programme to maintain fitness while injured.
  • Advice on ways to prevent recurrence.