1. What conditions can physiotherapy treat?
Physiotherapy can effectively treat a wide range of conditions, including musculoskeletal injuries, neurological disorders, and chronic pain. Common issues addressed by physiotherapy include back and neck pain, sports injuries, post-operative rehabilitation, and arthritis management.
2. How long is a typical physiotherapy session?
A typical physiotherapy session lasts about 30-60 minutes, depending on the complexity of your condition and the treatment plan designed by your therapist.
3. Do I need a referral from my doctor to see a physiotherapist?
No, you do not need a referral to see a physiotherapist. However, if you have an ACC injury or if your insurance requires a referral, please consult your doctor.
4. What should I wear to my physiotherapy appointment?
Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing that allows easy access to the area being treated. For example, if you have a knee issue, wearing shorts would be ideal.
5. How many physiotherapy sessions will I need?
The number of sessions varies depending on your individual needs and the nature of your condition. Your physiotherapist will discuss your treatment plan with you during your initial assessment and adjust it as needed throughout your recovery process.
6. Will my insurance cover physiotherapy services?
Many insurance plans cover physiotherapy services, but coverage varies depending on your specific policy. We recommend contacting your insurance provider to verify your benefits before your appointment.
7. What can I expect during my first physiotherapy appointment?
Your first appointment will involve an initial assessment, during which your physiotherapist will discuss your medical history, current symptoms, and goals for treatment. They will then perform a physical examination to identify the underlying issue and create a customized treatment plan.
8. Is dry needling safe?
When performed by a qualified and experienced practitioner, dry needling is generally considered safe. However, as with any medical procedure, there may be some risks or side effects. Your therapist will discuss these with you before proceeding with treatment.
9. What is the difference between dry needling and acupuncture?
Although both techniques involve the use of thin needles to stimulate specific points on the body, dry needling focuses on myofascial trigger points to provide targeted relief for muscle tension and pain. Acupuncture, on the other hand, is based on traditional Chinese medicine principles and aims to balance energy along specific pathways in the body.
10. Can I continue with my regular exercise routine while undergoing physiotherapy?
It is essential to discuss your exercise routine with your physiotherapist, as they may recommend modifications or alternative activities to prevent further injury or promote healing. In many cases, you will be able to continue exercising, but with adjustments tailored to your specific needs.