So, you’ve booked your first physiotherapy session with us, however you don’t know exactly what to expect? That’s not a problem, as we are going to discuss what we will do in your first physiotherapy session.

What do I need to bring with me?

If you’ve been referred by a doctor, make sure you bring your referral and any relevant investigations (X-ray/MRI/CT). If you have private health insurance, bring your insurance card. If your injury is going to be treated under WorkCover,/TAC/DVA/NDIS please bring all necessary information regarding your claim.

How should I dress?

It is best to wear clothing and shoes that are appropriate for exercise. Wear loose fitting clothing so you can expose the area that we will be evaluating and treating. For example, if you have a knee problem, it is best to wear shorts. For a shoulder problem, a tank top is a good choice, and for low back problems, wear a loose fitting shirt and pants, again so we can perform a thorough examination.

What to expect?

Listen: Initially, our physiotherapists like to have a comprehensive chat about what has been going on, for you to book an appointment with Enrich Physio Ph. This will include questions regarding past injuries, your general health, medication, your job, hobbies and more importantly, what you have been struggling with, since having your injury. Once your physiotherapist has built up a good picture in their head about what might be going on, then they will go into a physical examination.

Assess: In assessment your physiotherapist will ask you to complete a set of movements. From here, they may test your strength to see if that is an area they may need to work on; this can also lead the physiotherapist to the structure or muscle that might be causing your pain. A key aim for your physio is to get to the root cause of your pain efficiently, so they can begin the recovery process as soon as possible. Your physiotherapist also has many “special tests” that target certain structures which are a good indicator of confirming a diagnosis.

Discuss: After your physiotherapist has completed the initial physical examination they will explain exactly what is going on and the reason for the pain you are having. They will discuss the different treatment techniques and advice that will help you with your rehabilitation.

Treat: Your physiotherapist may use various treatment techniques based on you presentation that may include joint mobilisation, manipulations, soft tissue massage, Dry needling, electrotherapy, specific stretches and strengthening exercises.

Prescribe: You will also be given a few exercises and advice on things they would like you to do at home before your next appointment. Your physio uses state of the art digital exercise prescription @Physitrack. This will give you free access to videos of your exercises. You can also track your adherence on the app and communicate with your physio, if you have any concerns.