What is physiotherapy?
Physiotherapists are specialists in musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction. Pain occurs in the musculoskeletal system (our bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia) when there is some sort of dysfunction. Dysfunction, or failure of a system, occurs when too much stress is placed through it, either through an intrinsic or extrinsic force. Dysfunction can however present in a variety of ways, just as the reasons for requiring assessment by a physiotherapist vary. Apart from pain, people will typically present with restricted range of motion, stiffness, changes in movement quality, weakness, sensory changes (such as pins and needles and/or numbness), loss of power, decreased performance in sport or decreased function in activities of daily living.
All of these presentations will be expertly handled by the physiotherapists at physio@majorsbay. With treatment techniques aimed at restoring function as quickly as possible, you can ensure that you are in the best hands possible.
What should I wear?
Our physiotherapists will need to do a thorough assessment of the body part that has sustained the injury. For all lower limb injuries it is advised to wear shorts and for upper limb injuries a singlet is advised. Should you forget to bring more appropriate clothing the clinic will be able to lend you a pair of shorts or a hospital gown if need be.
Do I need to bring anything else with me?
If a doctor has referred you to us then you must bring the referral with you. Also any investigations and reports (ie x-rays, ultrasounds, CT scans, Mr that have been done of the injured area will assist our physiotherapists in making a fast and accurate diagnosis in order to ameliorate the recovery process.
Do you have HICAPS?
Yes, meaning you will only have to pay the gap fee as your private health insurer will cover a portion of your session. The individual insurer and the level of cover dictate the amount that will be covered. For more information please call your private health insurer.
How long will the appointment be?
Our initial examinations run for approximately 1 hour and standard follow up appointments run for approximately 45 minutes. Our physiotherapists treat you as an individual, meaning your appointment may well run over this amount of time. We advise you consult your physiotherapist to ascertain how long your appointments will be. It is also advisable that you inform your physiotherapist at the beginning of the session if you are on a time constraint so this can be accommodated.