Musculoskeletal Physiotherapists are health care professionals who focus on prevention, assessment and treatment of muscle, bone and joint problems. Physiotherapy can help repair damage by speeding up the healing process and reducing pain and stiffness. A physiotherapist will not only treat your condition, but also look at why your injury occurred and help you prevent it happening again in the future. Physiotherapists use a variety of treatment techniques that include but are not limited to:
- Joint mobilisations and manipulations
- Exercise prescription (including core stability)
- Posture correction and education
- Soft tissue techniques including trigger point releases
- Dry needling (musculoskeletal acupuncture)
- Taping and brace prescription
- Electrotherapeutic techniques (including TENS, interferential, ultrasound and real time ultrasound)
- Prescription of walking aides
Common conditions that Physiotherapists treat include back pain, sprains, strains, arthritis, bursitis, nerve pain, posture problems, poor balance, decreased mobility and workplace and sporting injuries. Some other services that Physionorth offers include treatment of incontinence, pain related to pregnancy, pre employment screening, pilates and rehabilitation after surgery.
A physiotherapist will conduct a thorough assessment on your first visit, diagnose the problem, and then develop an individual treatment plan that is just for you. An important part of this process is determining your goals for rehabilitation. A physiotherapist can then develop specific exercises and correct any predisposing factors including incorrect technique or poor posture. Throughout the treatment program, the physiotherapist evaluates your progress at regular intervals, modifying treatment and goals when necessary. Whether your goal is returning to gardening or running a marathon, a Physionorth physiotherapist can help you move and feel your best!
Physionorth is an Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) accredited clinic which means they have gone through an accreditation ensuring that they adhere to the Code of Conduct and other APA policies that are supportive of high standards of practice and behaviour. It also ensures that Physionorth is committed to integrating the latest research evidence into their day to day clinical practice and are committed to ongoing professional development of their physiotherapists.
‘Accreditation against the APA Standards for Physiotherapy Practices is the ultimate formal acknowledgement of a practice’s commitment to safe, high quality health care,’
(Quote from the Australian Physiotherapy Website: http://www.physiotherapy.asn.au).