When should I see a Physiotherapist?Back to FAQs
Patients often wonder when it is appropriate to see a physiotherapist.There are many instances when it is appropriate and beneficial to consult or see a physiotherapist. Some of these include:
- If you have sustained an injury
- If you have swelling, bruising or deformity of a body part
- If you are experiencing joint stiffness, pain or ache (particularly if your symptoms have persisted for greater than 3 days)
- If you are limping or protecting a limb due to pain
- If you are experiencing pins and needles or numbness
- If your limbs collapse or give way occasionally
- If you have postural problems
- If you need advice on improving strength, flexibility, balance or fitness
- If you need advice on injury prevention or other aspects of musculoskeletal health
- If you require treatment for an injury
- If you wish to improve your physical performance for sport
- If you are planning a return to sport or activity following a prolonged period of inactivity
As a general rule, if you are unsure, it is always better to consult a professional rather than not seek advice.
How can physiotherapy help my injury?
Physiotherapy can ensure your injury is thoroughly assessed and diagnosed correctly. This is essential to ensure the correct treatment techniques are chosen for your condition. Physiotherapy treatment can hasten your body’s natural healing process, accelerating your return to sport or activity. Appropriate treatment will also reduce the likelihood of recurrence by addressing factors which may have contributed to the development of your condition. Physiotherapists are experts in advising patients on which activities are appropriate for their injury to maximize recovery and ensure an optimal outcome.
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