Your physiotherapist will carry out a physical assessment in which they will test joint movements, strength, sensation and reflexes. Movements are assessed in functional patterns where your physiotherapist looks for any movement dysfunction. These specialist assessment skills aim to identify the root cause of your injury or pain.
Once diagnosed, your condition can be treated appropriately using evidence based research driven therapies. Your treatment may include manual therapy which refers to the hands on treatment used by physiotherapists such as joint mobilisations, soft tissue therapy, massage, nerve mobilisations, acupuncture and kinetic taping.
Rehabilitation will focus on specific exercises to strengthen and modify movement patterns with the aim of improving function and movement control. By increasing control around a joint, tissues that are damaged from injury or surgery are offloaded, reducing pain and dysfunction.
Physiotherapy can help with back pain, neck pain, arthritis, orthopaedic pre and post-operative care, rehabilitation following surgery and soft tissue injuries.