Hello, my name is Cindy. I live in the suburbs of Sydney with my family. Although I would occasionally visit the doctor when I was feeling too good or if one of the children had a cold. However, my whole view on doctors changed when I found a lump on breast last year. I went to my GP in a panic, but he was a real sweetie. He calmed me down and explained he would refer me for a further investigation. Thankfully, they caught my cancer early and after some treatment, I made a full recovery. Since this close call, I have taken a keen interest in everything health related.
If someone has recommended physiotherapy as a suitable treatment for your condition, the first thing you'll do is search for the best physiotherapist and book your first appointment. While these experts are trained to help improve your body's function, reduce pain and avoid the need for medication and surgery, you may not know what to expect. But one thing is for sure—you want to get the most for your money and time.
To ensure you don't have problems, this post will share some of the key things you should keep in mind before going to your physio appointment. Note that you and the physiotherapist will be working as a team to make the healing process easy and more fruitful.
Know your symptoms
Your physiotherapist needs to know everything about your condition. To ensure you share everything, consider keeping track of your symptoms. When did they start? How long do they last? How do you feel when they begin? Try to find out if your symptoms relate to certain movements or activities, and if they lessen when you rest.
Wear comfortable clothing
The physiotherapist will check out the painful or injured area and touch your skin. So, to make their work easier, consider wearing comfortable clothes and having the right layers. Shorts are perfect if you have a leg condition; it will be easier for the physio to access and treat it fully. This way, more time will be spent on offering the treatment rather than undressing and grabbing towels to avoid embarrassment.
Create a list of questions and medication
To make sure you don't forget to ask the questions you may have in mind, consider making a list of queries. This may include questions regarding any diagnostic tests you had or your condition. Don't forget to bring out the lab work or diagnostic report if you can: the information will help your physiotherapist handle your case in a better way.
If you are taking some supplements or medications, consider writing them down, then bring the list with you. Any medical procedures you might have had previously should be included even if they don't relate to the current condition.
If it is possible, consider bringing a family member or friend with you. This person will not only help you ask some key questions but will also remind you of the instructions the physiotherapist gave after the visit.
By preparing properly before you see a physiotherapist, you will have a more productive and fruitful therapy experience.Share
24 April 2019