Can I Use My Private Health Insurance At Leading Edge?
Are You Preferred Providers For Health Funds?
Do I Need A Referral For Physiotherapy?
How Long Will My Physio Session Take?
What Do I Need To Bring To My Physiotherapy Appointment?
Do You Have Parking Available?
How Many Physiotherapy Sessions Will I Need?
What Is Hydrotherapy – And How Can It Help Me?
Can You Help Me After My Surgery?
Yes! At Leading Edge Physiotherapy, we’ll happily assist you in your post-operative care.
We are familiar with the treatment protocols prescribed by most Orthopaedic Surgeons – and if your surgeon requires any modifications from the “standard” approach, we’ll happily liaise with them to ensure we are progressing you appropriately.
Common surgeries that require post-operative physiotherapy include:
At Leading Edge Physiotherapy we work with you to develop a tailored rehabilitation program to ensure you make the best possible recovery in the quickest time so you can get back to what you really want to be doing!
If you have had orthopaedic surgery, it is not necessary to obtain a referral from your specialist to return to us after your operation. However, it is always beneficial to inform your surgeon that you would like to return for post-operative care at Leading Edge. Any information that your surgeon provides will be useful for us in planning your rehabilitation – so bring this along with you.
I've Had Surgery & Need Rehab – What Do I Do Now?
You can make an appointment with Leading Edge Physiotherapy at any stage. This is especially important if you believe you are not making satisfactory progress in your recovery, or if your mobility is compromised.
We recommend that any surgery is followed up with an out-patient appointment 1-2 weeks after surgery, depending on the procedure done. Sometimes this will be sooner – be directed by your surgeon.
One of the most common questions we get asked is:
What’s the difference between a physio and a chiro/osteo/kinesiologist?
While there are many subtle differences between the professions, the key things to know are:
- We all treat musculoskeletal pain conditions;
- We all have protected titles, meaning that a therapist cannot call themselves an a Chiropractor, an Osteopath or a Physiotherapist, unless they have completed the relevant accredited course;
- We all have university-based education.
Put simply, the main difference is in the philosophy of each profession – what we believe in. However, there are also fundamental differences in the approach we take with people.
What Problems Does A Physiotherapist Treat?
Physiotherapists treat a variety of different injuries and different areas of pain to help their patients return to their best in terms of physical function.
Physiotherapists are trained to use the best researched evidence, along with clinical experience and patient values to come to their treatment decisions and ultimately, give their patients the best possible outcome.
Physiotherapists can help to:
- Decrease pain in an area
- Restore normal joint range of movement
- Improve function
- Facilitate return to sport
- Implement post-operative rehabilitation programmes
- Complete Biomechanical Assessments
- Prescribe exercises
- Advise about your posture
- Complete Ergonomic Assessments
What Can I Expect In A Physio Appointment?
Your first appointment will involve your Physiotherapist asking you some questions about the problem, conducting a thorough assessment, providing treatment, and giving you a diagnosis and prognosis regarding the expected length of recovery time.
The treatment may include manual (hands-on) therapy, exercise therapy, ergonomic assessments & advice, Pilates or some other intervention (taping, dry needling, etc).
You will be given advice regarding how to manage your injury and possibly some exercises to do at home.
Follow up appointments will focus on reassessment of what was found at the initial appointment to ensure your problem is getting better, progressing your exercises, performing further manual therapy to improve function, and planning for gradual return to sport or your normal activities.
Ultimately, at Leading Edge our goal is to restore your body’s muscles, joints, nerves, and other tissues to normal so that you feel better and can get on with life!
So What Is The Difference With Physiotherapy?
Physiotherapists are trained to do many of the same things chiropractors can do, including manipulating the spine and releasing painfully tight muscles.
Physios have been trained to recognise a variety of conditions and injuries, and this knowledge helps them treat injuries or weaknesses that you might not have known existed.
Because chiropractors usually focus on spinal issues, they do not tend to look at the whole picture to find out if anything else is wrong. Unlike chiropractors, physiotherapists also put a strong emphasis on comprehensive therapeutic techniques that will make your body stronger and healthier.
In either case, whether it be physio, chiro or any other treating practitioner, if you are looking for a professional to assist with the treatment of a musculoskeletal problem then the most important aspects in selecting a treating practitioner remain the same:
- The therapist should listen to you and understand your concerns and problems.
- The therapist must understand why it is important to you that the problems are addressed and corrected.
- The therapist should use only treatments that have been proven to be effective.
- The therapist should have knowledge and experience of treating similar injuries and understand how to get the best results.
- The therapist should constantly involve the patient in the process and their recovery.
Ultimately, the decision of who you decide to seek treatment from depends on which profession’s treatment philosophy sits most comfortably with you.
At Leading Edge Physiotherapy our experienced Physiotherapists can assist you with whatever your physical problem may be and do it in a timely, professional, and friendly way.
We are confident that we can help you reach your best by getting rid of that terrible pain, that annoying stiffness, or that troubling weakness, so that you can get back to the sports field, back to picking up the kids, back to that bushwalk or just back to work!