‘Your first visit’ – What to expect
A detailed history of the presenting problem will be taken, as well as a taking your medical history. Sometimes other conditions, although seemingly unrelated to your presenting problem, may have an effect on your symptoms, be contributing to your problem, or alter what your treating practitioner can do to treat you.
Once the history is taken, a physical examination will be made, to ascertain the source and cause of the problem. This will include looking at your posture, how you move, as well as assessing mobility in joints and soft tissues. This may well involve looking at other areas, as well as the painful part, as often other regions contribute to the problem, or adapt to the painful or stiff part, and also, therefore, need to be treated to assist toward the resolution of the problem. We will sometime need to assess function in your nerves, for example, testing reflexes.
The treatment usually starts during the first appointment, unless the problem is particularly complex, requiring a longer examination. You will usually be taught and advised on how to carry out some specific exercises, before you go too.
Your Physiotherapist will discuss the diagnosis and agree a plan of treatment with you.