Physiotherapists FAQ

1. What is the difference between chiropractic and physiotherapy?

Chiropractic philosophy is embedded in the theory that injuries and pain relate to imbalances within the central nervous system. By correcting spinal alignment, balance within the nervous system is thought to be restored, and pathologies throughout the body eliminated. Physiotherapy is accepted by mainstream medical science. Our Physiotherapists take a holistic approach to pathology. For instance, if there is pain in your knee, the knee, hip and spine will be assessed as potential sources of the pain.

2. Do I need a referral?

Usually, you do not require a referral to see a physiotherapist. Physiotherapists are first contact practitioners who are well trained in assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal problems. They are able to identify problems that require the attention of different health practitioners, such as a doctor or podiatrist. However, if you are billing your physiotherapy through Veterans Affairs (DVA) or Medicare, you do need a referral from a GP. We are happy to recommend GPs in the local area.

3. What can I expect during a physiotherapy consultation?

The first consultation will focus on assessing the problem that has brought you to physiotherapy. You will be asked a series of questions about the signs and symptoms you are experiencing as well as general health and safety questions. This will allow the physiotherapist to begin to formulate a diagnosis.

A physical assessment will follow to confirm the diagnosis. This will then be explained, and you will have the opportunity to ask any questions you have. Preliminary treatment will then begin.

Subsequent consultations are treatment focused, and assessment of improvement or problems are ongoing.

4. Does physiotherapy hurt?

It is normal to experience some discomfort during physiotherapy treatment, and afterwards you may feel a little tender or bruised. This most often arises from stretching of stiff ligaments, muscles and joint capsules. You are encouraged to immediately communicate any intolerable discomfort during treatment to your physiotherapist. Your benefits gained normally far outmatch any temporary discomfort.

5. Will I have to do exercises?

This really depends on the problem, but in most cases corrective exercises will be prescribed. This facilitates long term resolution of pain and injuries, and encourages patients to get involved in their own recovery.

6. Can I claim physiotherapy through private health insurance?

If you have health insurance cover for physiotherapy, then yes, you can claim a rebate from your health insurance provider. Brighton Bay Physiotherapy has HICAPS facilities on-site which means you can enjoy instant rebates and are only liable for the gap.



7. How many sessions will I need?

How long is a piece of string? The number of required sessions varies, depending on the individual, their age and the presenting problem. A rough estimate is 5-10 sessions.

8. I am with HBA, are you a registered Members First Clinic?

We are an HBA Members First clinic, which means that if you are with HBA for private health extras cover, you can enjoy reduced fees and higher physiotherapy rebates. Of course, if you are with a different private health insurance fund with extras cover you can also claim a portion of your treatments immediately. We are also an MBF Member Care physio clinic!






9. When is the best time to begin?

Usually, sooner rather than later. Contact us to find out if we can help. Call now on 03 8506 0451.


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Last Updated - July 24, 2014

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