Frequently Asked Questions
- What is Physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy is a therapeutic health profession that assists people with injuries, pain, stiffness, weakness, and other movement problems. Physiotherapists are university trained and are experts in injury diagnosis, injury treatment, exercise prescription, injury prevention, rehabilitation and many other areas of sport and musculoskeletal health and fitness. Physiotherapists also have the expertise to assess the underlying … Continued >Read more
- When should I see a Physiotherapist?
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 … Continued >Read more
- 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 … Continued >Read more
- Which physiotherapy clinic should I go to for treatment?
Choosing the right physiotherapy clinic for treatment can be difficult. Whilst all physiotherapists are university trained and qualified, it is important to select a physiotherapy clinic and physiotherapist who is trusted, knowledgeable and friendly and can provide the best quality treatment for your injury. When it comes to choosing a physiotherapy clinic and physiotherapist there … Continued >Read more
- Why use PhysioAdvisor’s “Find a Physio” directory?
PhysioAdvisor’s “Find a Physio” directory is an easy to use service which can assist you in finding an expert physiotherapist in your local area. All the clinics listed in PhysioAdvisor’s Find a Physio directory are of the highest quality and have experienced physiotherapists working for them. These clinics focus on delivering evidence based treatment techniques … Continued >Read more
- Why use PhysioAdvisor’s “Virtual Physio”?
PhysioAdvisor’s unique “Virtual Physio” is a state-of-the-art system developed by a team of experienced physiotherapists over 3 years. The Virtual Physio enables users who suffer from pain or injury, to identify their most likely diagnosis and obtain patient specific information on how to manage that injury effectively. Used by medical professionals and patients alike PhysioAdvisor’s … Continued >Read more
- What are the advantages of purchasing a product from the PhysioAdvisor shop?
The PhysioAdvisor Shop is a secure online store that sells physiotherapist recommended products direct to the public. The products available are carefully selected by experienced physiotherapists to ensure the highest possible quality and value for the patient. Our goal is to take the guess work out of purchasing physiotherapy products online and to ensure the … Continued >Read more
- Who writes the articles on PhysioAdvisor?
All articles found on PhysioAdvisor are produced by qualified physiotherapists all with 12 years or more of clinical experience. Our team of expert physiotherapists is dedicated to provide the latest and most up-to-date physiotherapy and health information available on the internet. Our team has had extensive experience working with elite athletes, sporting and government organisations … Continued >Read more
- What is Pilates?
The question ‘what is Pilates?’ is commonly encountered in physiotherapy clinical practice. Pilates is a form of physical exercise that focuses on posture, core stability, balance, control, strength, flexibility, and breathing. The Pilates Method was developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century in Germany. These days, Clinical Pilates is often used in conjunction … Continued >Read more
- What is hydrotherapy?
Hydrotherapy is a form of exercise that is undertaken in water, providing numerous health benefits for people of all ages. Hydrotherapy is particularly useful for patients who suffer from osteoarthritis or other injuries that are easily aggravated with weight bearing forces. Benefits of Hydrotherapy The benefits of this great form of exercise are largely due … Continued >Read more
- When should I use heat?
The question ‘when should I use heat’ is commonly encountered in physiotherapy clinical practice. Heat should be used to speed injury healing once the injury has completed the inflammatory phase. The inflammatory phase normally lasts up to 72 hours following injury or injury aggravation. It is therefore, generally safe to use heat treatment after the … Continued >Read more
- When should I use ice?
Ice treatment should always be used during the inflammatory phase of an injury. This occurs in the first 72 hours following injury or injury aggravation. How do I use ice? The injured area should be iced for 20 minutes every 2 hours. This can be accomplished by using crushed ice or an ice pack wrapped … Continued >Read more
- When is an X-ray, MRI, ultrasound, CT scan, bone scan, or other investigation appropriate for my injury?
There are many investigations that doctors and physiotherapists can utilize to help determine a patient’s diagnosis. Further investigation is usually used to help confirm or eliminate a suspected diagnosis following clinical examination and are frequently indicated in the following scenarios: Severe or traumatic injury Suspicion of serious pathology Unusual clinical presentations Unknown diagnosis following examination … Continued >Read more
- Do I need orthotics?
A common question encountered in physiotherapy clinical practise is ‘Do I need orthotics?’. The use of orthotics is often indicated in patients with abnormal lower limb alignment and biomechanics, particularly of the feet. That is, they stand, walk or run, with less than ideal posture or movement patterns. Lower limb biomechanical abnormalities are often associated … Continued >Read more
- Tape or Brace? Is it better to tape my ankle or use an ankle brace when I am returning to sport following an ankle sprain?
Tape or Brace? Following an ankle sprain, the ankle joint is usually less stable and has an increased likelihood of further injury, particularly when returning to sport. This is due to disruption of the ligaments which normally act as a passive restraint and support for the ankle with sideways or twisting movements. In addition, patients … Continued >Read more
- How long should I spend warming up before my sport and what is the best way to do this?
One of the best ways to prevent injury is with an effective warm up prior to sport or activity. A proper warm up should be at least 15-20 minutes in duration and progress through a variety of stages. The purpose of an effective warm up is to increase heart rate and facilitate blood flow to … Continued >Read more
- Does stretching before sport help to prevent injury?
Maintaining good flexibility is an important aspect of athletic performance and injury prevention. It is widely accepted that poor flexibility and inadequate joint range of movement are significant factors contributing to the development of numerous injuries. If performed correctly, stretching is an excellent way to improve flexibility. There are two main techniques used to stretch … Continued >Read more
- My injury causes pain when I play sport, but I can play through it. Usually the warmer I get the less painful it becomes. However, afterwards, when I rest, it is sometimes sorer. Should I be playing through this pain or do I need to stop these possibly aggravating activities?
One of the most effective ways to hasten the healing of a particular injury is through avoidance of aggravating activities. Generally an activity aggravates a condition if: There is pain during an activity OR There is pain upon rest following an activity OR There is pain upon waking the following morning after an activity Usually, … Continued >Read more
- Why do I get cramps and how can I prevent them?
Muscle cramps are painful, involuntary muscle contractions that occur suddenly and can be temporarily debilitating. Research suggests the mechanism of cramps is related to disturbances within the nerves and muscles. There are many factors that may contribute to the development of cramps. These include: dehydration low salt levels (potassium and sodium) inadequate carbohydrate intake muscle … Continued >Read more