What is physiotherapy?
According to Chartered Society of Physiotehrapy, physiotherapy can be defined as a science-based profession and takes a ‘whole person’ approach to health and wellbeing, which includes the patient’s general lifestyle. At the core is the patient’s involvement in their own care, through education, awareness, empowerment and participation in their treatment.
What is the role of a physiotherapist?
Through assessment, diagnosis and development of an individualized treatment protocol, physiotherapists are able to address painful symptoms, reduce the likelihood of re-injury and return the person to activities of daily life. Moreover, they can provide appropriate guidance for a healthy and active lifestyle.
How many treatment sessions will I need?
There is no concrete answer to this. Both frequency and number of sessions vary from person to person and are related to the severity of the injury. Your physiotherapist needs to regularly reassess you and keep you informed about your progress and any changes to the treatment plan.
What should I wear?
Comfortable clothing is always the best choice. It is recommended that the treatment area should be as free of clothing as possible. For instance, if you have a knee injury, a pair of shorts will make treatment much easier.
What should I bring with me to the first session?
The first time you visit our physiotherapy clinic, a detailed clinical examination will be carried out, which includes history taking and some special tests. For this reason, it would be a good idea to have with you all medical notes and results of all the examinations you have done (e.g. X-ray, MRI, blood tests, etc.).
How long is a typical session?
Typically, you should expect your session to last approximately an hour, but this depends on the needs of each patient.
I have tried to cure my problem with physiotherapy in the past, but with little or no success. Is there any point in trying again?
Of course there is. Physiotherapy interventions are quite possible to vary depending on the training and specialization of each physiotherapist as well as the available equipment. For this reason, at Central Physio Clinic we are constantly investing in new, innovative and scientifically proven treatments. Furthermore, the timing and external factors in the personal or professional life of each patient may affect the outcome of the treatment.
What if I have an acute injury whilst on holiday or a business trip?
There is no reason to feel disappointed. In the majority of cases you can still enjoy your holidays and get treated for your injury. In our clinic we are trying to offer you the best possible care and work around your schedule. Furthermore, you can ask for a treatment note which you can use to continue your treatment when you get back home.
What if I suffer from a chronic condition or chronic pain?
Managing chronic conditions can be challenging. However, there is no reason to limit yourself. It is always a good idea to use physiotherapy treatments while abroad. Usually, physiotherapy clinics around the world should be able to offer same or similar services or you might just want to get a second opinion regarding your problem. However, a lot of people are able to self-manage their conditions and may only use physiotherapy services in flare ups. So don’t let your condition limit you, but rather try to plan ahead. A good tip is to search for the services you might need in the destination that you are planning to visit beforehand and if you are currently undergoing physiotherapy treatment then a note from your physiotherapist might come in handy!