Choosing a physiotherapist that will be able to successfully treat your ailment or injury doesn’t have to be a difficult task. Here, we’ve listed what you need to consider when choosing a physiotherapist that will be able to provide successful treatment: Do you want to learn more? Visit Movement 101
Your treating doctor- Your first port of call is to see your doctor when you have an aggravated reoccurring problem or injury. You doctor should be able to provide you will specific names of physiotherapists in your area. Not only that but they should be able to provide you with details of physiotherapists who have specific experience treating your condition/injury.
If your doctor is unable to provide you with details of someone suitable, then it’s a good idea to ask friends and colleagues if they can recommend anyone. Your health insurance company many also provide the details of a few physicians for you to be able to inquire with.
Once you find a physiotherapist in your area, there are a few things to keep in mind when having your initial consultation. Here are a few things to ask and find out:
Does the physiotherapist have experience treating patients with a similar condition/injury? It is always beneficial that the person that treats you has past experience treating a similar condition.
The practitioners qualifications- It is always good to be aware of a treating practitioners qualifications. If you are unsure about the physiotherapists skill level, there is no harm is asking about their training and what qualifications they have.
Thirdly you want to make sure that the facility is up to scratch and has all of the necessary equipment needed to provide you with the best treatment possible. Often you may need certain equipment to effectively treat specific ailments and if they do not have this, treatment can often be not as successful. It is also a good idea to take a look and make sure the clinic is professional and clean. The last thing you want is to commit to visiting a clinic that has low hygiene standards and doesn’t follow professional protocol.
What they hope to achieve with you- At the initial consultation the physiotherapist will draw up a plan for what they hope you to achieve after certain amounts of physiotherapy. This needs to be something you completely understand and agree with. In order to get the best results, you and the physiotherapist need to work together.
Strong rapport- There needs to be good rapport between yourself and the therapist in order for your treatment to be as hassle free and as pleasant as possible. If there is no rapport between you, it can be awkward and tense.