Physiotherapy is a physical form of manual therapy delivered by a highly trained allied health professional, known as a physiotherapist (or physio). This hand delivered, manual therapy is applied to your body in most often a private one-on-one setting within an allied health clinic or centre.
Most commonly, physiotherapy involves the careful diagnosis, education and treatment of many common conditions relating to bones, joints & muscles, including chronic pain.
Why should I see a physiotherapist?
Upwell physio Camberwell helps your body to move and feel its best. This is achieved through professional assessment, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of your presenting complaint or condition.
Physiotherapy techniques aim to assist in repairing tissue damage, reduce pain and increase mobility through exercise, manual therapy, education and advice. At Upwell we use the best equipment available as part of this process.
Physiotherapy can help people of all ages and abilities. You may turn to physio when you’re ill, injured or ageing. But it’s also valuable to prevent musculoskeletal problems from happening in the first place.
How can physiotherapy help?
- Surgery recovery or preparation (pre-hab)
- Sports injury physiotherapy management
- Physiotherapy for arthritic conditions
- Physiotherapy based treatments for chronic pain
- Acute & chronic back pain treatment
- Physiotherapy techniques to manage headaches and migraines
- Pre- and post-natal physiotherapy
- Increasing sports performance with guided physiotherapy programs
- Conditions that benefit from physiotherapy delivered dry needling
When should I see a physiotherapist?
If you are experiencing any pain or injury in your body, then may benefit from physiotherapy treatment. This might include pain due to a sudden on-set injury, a niggling concern you’ve been experiencing for a short period, or a more chronic presentation which has started to impact other areas of your life. Whatever your case, an Upwell physiotherapist will help to get you on the path to recovery.
What training and registration is required of a physiotherapist?
A minimum tertiary study period of four years is required to become a physiotherapist. Once a person has graduated with a physiotherapy degree, they may wish to specialise in a particular field which will involve further postgraduate study, usually in the form of a Master’s Degree.
Further, every Australian physiotherapist must be registered with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia.
What sort of treatment do physiotherapists use?
Physiotherapists are trained to assess, diagnose and treat your condition and to help you understand it so you can manage your own health.
The following are common treatment methods physiotherapists may use:
- Joint manipulation and mobilisation to reduce pain and stiffness and increase range of movement.
- Exercise programs to improve mobility and strengthen muscles.
- Muscle re-education to improve control.
- Hot and cold packs, and electro-therapy to relieve pain, reduce swelling and speed up healing process.
- Clearance techniques and breathing exercises.
- Assistance with use of aids including: splints, crutches, walking sticks and wheelchairs.
How is physiotherapy delivered at Upwell?
Your first appointment at Upwell will be a 40-minute Up and Discover session, which will include:
- Objective and Subjective Assessment
- Diagnosis and Education
- Treatment; and
- A discussion about your Care Plan including exercises for you to do at home between appointments.
Following your initial consultation, you will be re-booked into one, or a number of subsequent consultations so that you have every opportunity to achieve your health and wellness goals as outlined in your Care Plan. If we feel your recovery would be assisted by input from any other Upwell services (e.g. exercise physiology, pilates, yoga, massage, podiatry, occupational therapy, personal training etc), we will recommend this as part of Care Plan discussion.
How regularly will I need to see a physio?
This will really depend on your health and wellness outcomes as agreed in your Care Plan.
Is physiotherapy claimable on my private health insurance?
Most health insurance agencies do cover physiotherapy as part of extras coverage, however we would encourage you to check with your individual provider to confirm. We can provide a quotation on what portion of your appointment fee will be covered under health insurance, so please free to give us a call on (03) 8849 9096 to discuss this process.
Is physiotherapy claimable on Medicare?
You may be able to receive a Medicare rebate on your physiotherapy appointment at Upwell. In order to do, you will need to obtain a GP Management Plan or Team Care Arrangements (formerly known as Enhanced Primary Care Plan) from your GP. Once you have your approved plan from your GP, you can then bring that into Upwell and receive a Medicare rebate which will cover you for either a full or part-portion of the service fee.
Medicare rebate is available for a maximum of five services per patient each calendar year.
Do I need a referral from my doctor for physiotherapy?
Physiotherapists are in a privileged position where by we are titled Primary Healthcare Practioners, meaning patients can access their care without a referral from a GP or specialist. We do however accept referrals from GPs and/or specialists in cases where a GP Management Plan or Team Care Arrangements (formerly known as Enhanced Primary Care Plan).
Many GPs and specialists will however refer you to seek physiotherapy intervention and we will work closely with your care team to achieve for you optimum outcomes.