Many patients ask me “Do I need to have Physio on a regular basis?”
There is no simple yes or no answer to this question – with healthcare, decisions always need to be made according to the patient’s unique and specific condition.
And every patient certainly has their own set of circumstances that has led them to their present state, for example – previous injuries, choice of sports, occupation and lifestyle, age, and disease processes.
Some patients have also felt let down by other health care professionals who have made them attend again and again for treatment that was not beneficial, or unnecessary.
Therefore my approach to answering this question is to discuss with my patient what their own set of circumstances are, to commence with a comprehensive initial management plan that usually means treatment once to twice a week, progressing to once a week or once a fortnight, and then to see how the patient’s condition goes when we extend that out to every 4-6 weeks.
I find that my patients prefer this approach as they have input into the management of their condition, and are informed of my professional opinion as to what they will need.
I also look to what steps the patient can take to help themselves, such as exercise (e.g. Pilates, Hydrotherapy, gym-based exercise, or even simply walking on a regular basis), changes to lifestyle, posture, and discussing options about weight loss.
Everyone is different! And my job as a Physiotherapist is to work with every patient in helping them achieve their life goals.
Helping you move better, feel great and enjoy life!
Written by our Senior Physiotherapist in Collie,