What is Physiotherapy?
A physiotherapist is a highly qualified, independent practitioner who will assess injuries/conditions and tailor a treatment and injury management plan to help facilitate a patient’s rapid return to optimal function.
Why is Physiotherapy Important?
Physiotherapy is very beneficial in helping a patient recover from injury, reduce stiffness, swelling and pain. Physiotherapy will help maximize a patients ability to return to the highest level of function and reach their goals (sporting or otherwise).
Our physiotherapists have a special interest in fracture management and injuries. They are all trained to identify, treat and provide follow up care for all fractures, broken bones and limb injuries. The physiotherapy service includes initial assessments of an injury, imaging requests, management/rehab options, follow up reviews and splinting/casting.
The benefit of having an advanced practice physiotherapist in the fracture clinic environment is there is a clinician at hand who can give the patient convenient education/ advice and management options without having to leave the premises- this means there is greater continuity of care for all patients. There is a large focus on empowering people to be healthy through education, lifestyle modification and exercise.
Do all injuries require Physiotherapy?
No, not all injuries require physiotherapy but many patients benefit from physiotherapy intervention after having a period of time immobilised due to a fracture or a high grade sprain. There is always associated loss in range of movement, strength, endurance and proprioception which can be rectified once the deficits have been identified and a rehabilitation program initiated.