Question time with our expert Physiotherapist
David Schofield, Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist took a break from his clinic to answer some of those unanswered questions.
Q1. Do I have to be referred for treatment?
No. Whilst we accept referrals from GP’s and consultants whom we regularly liaise with, we are able to see patients without a referral. However, if you are using private medical insurance it is always advisable to check their protocol prior to booking.
Q2. How many sessions will I need?
The exact number is difficult to say as we would do a thorough initial assessment of your problem and tailor a treatment programme to meet your needs. On average, most conditions are settled with 4-6 treatment sessions.
Q3. What should I wear to my appointments?
You do not need to wear anything specific for physiotherapy but your physiotherapist will need to be able to see the area being treated so clothing allowing this is fine.
Q4. I sit at a desk almost all day for work, are there any exercises I can do at my desk to avoid getting a bad neck or back?
A good sitting posture is essential in the modern working environment. Regularly changing position or walking around is important as our bodies like movement rather than being in static positions for many hours.
Q5. When should I use heat?
Heat is useful when trying to relax muscles and increase circulation to an area. This tends to be with ongoing or chronic conditions.
Q6. When should I use ice?
Ice, or cold, is useful in acute conditions where you are trying to control inflammation, eg: sprained ankle or muscle tears.
Q7. I’m returning to sport after a sprained ankle, is it better to tape my ankle or use a support brace?
Both taping and bracing have been shown to be ideal in protecting healing tissue when returning to sport. Taping is often used as the tape is able to be customised for your problem but it is important this it is applied, or shown how to be applied by a professional/physiotherapist.
Q8. Does stretching before sport/exercise prevent me from injury?
The more recent evidence suggests that stretching before activity does not prevent injury. There is evidence to suggest a good warm-up will prevent injury and cool-down and stretching after activity helps prevent injury the next time you are active.