Whatever your sport or activity, early analysis and treatment are essential for you to recover quickly from an injury. If you are injured, it is important that you are proactive by seeing one of our Physiotherapists who will assess the situation and put together a treatment plan that will ensure that you can get back to your sport or activity as soon as possible.
Our Physiotherapists are experienced in sports injury management and understand what is required for the best possible recovery strategy and can also arrange timely referrals to the appropriate medical practitioners for diagnostic imaging or specialist intervention as required. It is very important to remember that as soon as the injury occurs, early involvement with one of our Physiotherapists will guarantee a return to your normal life style and activities as early as possible.
Do I need a Doctor’s referral to see a Physiotherapist?
You can certainly visit with our Physiotherapists directly or by referral from your medical practitioner, however a doctor’s referral is not a requirement unless under a special treatment plan such as EPC or Work Cover related issues. It is important to note that the Physiotherapist can refer you for certain types of x-rays and organise a referral to a doctor if necessary.
How do I know if I need Physiotherapy?
If you have frequent or habitual back, neck pain or headaches or if you have joints or muscles that ache after a day at work or sports training, then pain may be getting in the way of your lifestyle or the things that you like doing. If you want to stay healthy and injury free then Physiotherapy is for you. Physiotherapy can help nearly any muscle or joint in the body, it can help you become pain free and with appropriate exercise and remain pain free.
Do I need to bring anything to the appointment?
Any related paperwork such as a referral from your doctor, x-rays, or if work cover related then that information must also be taken. All information pertinent will assist our Physiotherapists in providing more comprehensive treatment options. Please also wear loose fitting clothes and comfortable shoes that can easily be removed.
Is my visit with the Physiotherapist likely to hurt?
There may be some small discomfort but certainly a lot less than ignoring the pain and hoping it will go away. One of the reasons that you may experience some soreness during a session can be due to some muscles or ligaments which have become tight due to injury or pain will need to be lengthened and released. Our Physiotherapists will constantly check how you are feeling throughout the treatment and will ensure that any pain or discomfort you do feel is minimal.
Is my visit covered by Medicare?
Yes – in some situations. Medicare may refund up to 5 services per calendar year under the Enhanced Primary Care Initiative. This is available to people with complex and long-standing health conditions and MUST be referred by your General Practitioner under an Enhanced Primary Care Plan. Not all people can qualify for such a plan. Your suitability for this treatment can be discussed with your General Practitioner.
However if you have private health – Extras, you may find that you are entitled to receive a rebate.
What will happen at my first appointment?
A first appointment will take approximately 45 minutes. The Physiotherapist will ask you a few questions to begin with (to find out what your current problem and past medical history is), and will then conduct a physical assessment to find out the cause of the problem. All of this information is then used to develop a personalised treatment program for you. The Physiotherapist will start your treatment in the first session and may recommend that you return for future appointments. You may also be given some exercises or stretches to do at home in order to assist with your treatment.
Can I see the same Physiotherapist each time?
We try to encourage our clients to see the same Physiotherapist in order to maintain continuity to the prescribed treatment, however, sometimes this is not always possible; this has more to do with a Physiotherapist who may be on leave or delayed with regard to another client.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an ancient form of Chinese medicine involving the insertion acupuncture needles (stainless steel) into the skin at specific points to the body in order to achieve a therapeutic effect. No drug is injected. The needles alone create the beneficial effects of acupuncture.
Acupuncture is used to encourage natural healing, improve moods and energy levels, reduce or relieve pain and improve the overall function of affected areas of the body. It is safe and effective and is often successfully used as an alternative to medications or even surgery. Relief is often obtained with acupuncture when traditional medical therapy has failed.
How does Acupuncture work?
Traditionally, acupuncture’s effects are explained by how it influences Qi. Qi is believed to flow through ‘meridians’ or ‘channels’ along with blood and body fluids. These meridians make up a intangible network of pathways through the entire body. The word ‘meridian’ comes from the French translation of the Chinese term jing-luo, which means “to go through” and “something that connects or attaches”. The goal of acupuncture is to correct imbalances of flow and restore health through stimulation by the insertion of needles.
A number of conditions, including back pain, are commonly treated with acupuncture. By treating the cause as well as the symptom, Acupuncture can assist in a wide range of conditions from physical, occupational, emotional and hormonal complaints to digestive and immune system disorders. It has been effective in treating:
- Injuries and rehabilitation
- Pain management
- Chronic fatigue symptoms
- Stress, depression, mental fatigue, insomnia
- Fertility and hormonal problems
Work Cover and Return to Work Programmes, what does this mean?
Cairns Physiotherapy Plus is an approved health care provider under the WorkCover Scheme and our Physiotherapists are trained to treat injured workers. As a Physiotherapist, we have a vital role to play in helping injured workers stay at or return to work as soon as possible. The main role of the Physiotherapist is to develop a physiotherapy assessment of the worker’s pain or disability experience comprising a summary of the worker’s activity and participation capabilities and restrictions in order to develop appropriate treatment options.
When you make an appointment with Cairns Physiotherapy Plus, you will need to bring your WorkCover Medical Certificate. Our staff will liaise with your treating Doctor to prepare a plan for your rehabilitation and return to work management based upon the above criteria. Once we have your claim details we are able to deal directly with WorkCover so there is no cost to you for your treatment.
What is Taping and is it necessary?
There are a few reasons why Physiotherapists use taping (‘strapping’):
- Provide support or restrict movement to a specific area
- Improve the function of the area being taped
- Improve circulation to tissues
- Provide some level of feedback to an area
Tapes come in many different types – narrow, wide, rigid, stretchy. The particular tape chosen for an application will depend on the body part being taped, the overall size of the person being taped, and the intended role of the tape. The common denomination of all of these tapes is an adhesive backing, which sticks directly onto the skin.
When taping is used to assist with injury recovery, it may be used to:
- Immobilize a joint
- Take load of muscles or enhance their function
- Prompt better posture or positioning
- Train or re-train appropriate movement
Tape can be extremely useful in unloading and protecting the body, and is often more effective than using braces. There can be drawbacks though. Occasionally people are allergic to the adhesive glues used on the tape and skin can become itchy or irritated. It can also be challenging to put on, and often people require assistance for this. Ask a Physiotherapist if taping can help with your injury as there may be other options.