Are you looking for a long term solution to your pain?
Exercise is a powerful tool in the treatment and management of a wide variety of acute and chronic health conditions and injuries. Exercise rehabilitation should be the cornerstone of any evidence based rehabilitation program prescribed to you by a physiotherapist or exercise physiologist. Current evidence shows that exercise rehabilitation is the most effective form of rehabilitation for most musculoskeletal conditions, both acute and chronic.
An exercise rehabilitation program with a physiotherapist will be one of the most effective ways for you to manage your pain. Your physiotherapist will sit down with you and discuss your injury and complaint history, your goals around your injury and training, and then will sit down with you and help develop a plan to reach these goals. They will assess the range of motion of your joints, strength of your muscles and how you perform some of the fundamental human movements like squatting, bending, pushing, pulling and carrying. From this assessment, they will be able to formulate an individualised exercise rehabilitation program based on your weaknesses and goals. Depending on what stands out in your assessment, your program might contain strength exercises, endurance exercises or a combination of the two.
WHAT TO EXPECT IN YOUR CONSULT
Unfortunately, without proper guidance, general exercise and various types of sport can also aggravate certain medical conditions or injuries. Our physiotherapists however, have the extensive knowledge and experience to assist you and help guide you with exercises to maximise your health without aggravating your pain or condition.
At Physio Fit, we are experts in prescribing exercise to specifically target muscle deficiencies to help with rehabilitation after an injury, and for preparation and follow up when undergoing surgery. Physiotherapist prescribed exercises are designed to improve movement and function, with other benefits including:
Exercise rehabilitation for acute musculoskeletal conditions
Exercise rehabilitation is a evidence based and proven method for the management of acute injuries such as muscle strain and joint dislocation. Physiotherapists are experts in the assessment and management of acute injuries. Specific muscle strengthening and endurance training has proven to be effective for many musculoskeletal and sports injuries and can aid in a timely and successful return to sport and activity. Muscular strengthening has also been shown to minimise your risk of re injury when returning to sport.
Exercise rehabilitation for chronic musculoskeletal conditions
Exercise rehabilitation has been shown to be effective for almost all chronic diseases such as osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, fibromyalgia, chronic regional pain syndrome, parkinson’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic lower back pain and chronic neck pain. Exercise rehabilitation can empower you to be more active and achieve more with your life despite your ongoing pain. Exercise has been shown to be more effective than most pain killers in the long term management of osteoarthritis pain. Specific muscle strengthening and endurance training has also been proven to be an effective way to help take the strain off of your joints, as well as keeping them generally healthier.
Exercise rehabilitation for general health
Exercise has been proven to be one of the best tools to stay generally healthy. In Australia, it is recommended you get up to 300 minutes of moderate activity (walking, hiking etc) or 150 minutes of vigorous activity (cycling, running, swimming) per week to maintain general health. On top of this, 2 sessions of resistance exercise (weights, bodyweight exercises) are recommended. Exercise has a wide range of health benefits including lower risk of all causes of mortality, longer lifespan, less disability during your life and less pain. A physiotherapist is an expert in exercise prescription and will help formulate and a specific exercise rehabilitation plan based on your goals and health needs.
Physiotherapist supervised exercise rehabilitation
At Physiofit we offer physiotherapist supervised exercise sessions, both one-on-one and in a small group setting. These sessions will allow you perform your individualised exercise rehabilitation plan under the guidance and supervision of a trained physiotherapist. This will allow you to perform your strengthening and endurance exercises with confidence, which in turn will help you get back to doing what you love sooner. You will also have access to any information you require about your program sooner as you will have frequent face to face contact with your physiotherapist.
Whether your goal is to add 10kgs to your squat or to simply be able to play with your children, our physiotherapists can assist in developing an exercise program that is appropriate for your current level of health and fitness.
Your Physiotherapy appointment will consist of:
Listening – We listen to understand you, what activities you enjoy, how your problem has presented and how it affects your life.
Accurate diagnosis – We may need to refer you for diagnostic imaging such as MRI, X-Ray or ultrasound.
Assessing & addressing the causative factors to your injury – We settle your pain & address the reason why it presented.
This will allow us to create a personalised management plan, in which we will encompass your goals, a clear diagnosis and a time frame to achieve these within.
We are passionate about what we do and we are here to guide you every step of the way!
Appropriate Clothing – We may be getting you to do some exercise as part of your assessment. Please, dress appropriately for this if possible.
Previous Medical Imaging Results – If you have had any imaging done for your current injury, please bring these along to your appointment. If you don’t have access to them, that’s completely fine - we will be able to access them if we need to.
Referral – A referral isn’t required to see a physiotherapist privately. However, if you are part of the Medicare EPC, DVA, Work Cover or Third Party Insurance programs, you will need to bring your referral on the day.
Private Health Insurance Card – We require you to have your Private Health Insurance card with you to claim your rebate on the spot through HICAPS.
If you are a private physiotherapy client then no referral is required and you can book in as soon as it fits into your schedule. If you have an injury which is covered by either DVA, Medicare EPC, Work Cover or Third Party Insurance programs, then you will need to bring this along; otherwise you can pay the full appointment fee and claim back later from the relevant program above.
We have HICAPS terminals at both of our clinics which allows us to process your private health insurance claim on the spot, meaning that you only have to pay the ‘gap’ remaining.