This article explores some of the questions you may want to ask when you visit a physiotherapist for treatment. Read on to find out more!
1. What condition do they think you have?
It's important to know what a physiotherapist thinks is wrong with you. Knowing this will help you to work out how you feel about the treatment plan and whether the therapist thinks they can provide effective treatment for your condition.
2. Are there any investigations you need?
A diagnosis is only as good as the tests which support it. Therefore, some people may need to have scans or other investigations to get a confirmed diagnosis and rule out any other conditions that could be causing the symptoms.
3. What treatment plan do they recommend?
There will often be several ways your physiotherapist can treat you, so ask what they would recommend for your particular case. If a specific treatment is essential to you, ask them to explain why they think it will be helpful and how it can help you to heal and recover.
4. How long do they think it will take to feel better?
It's advantageous to know roughly how long your physiotherapist thinks the treatment plan will take before you start it. This information could help you plan ahead - whether that means arranging changes in your work routine or taking time off from school/university.
5. Are there any risks with the treatments you're both considering?
Before giving them, there may be some side effects associated with specific treatments that your physiotherapist should tell you about (e.g., there may be some pain or discomfort with some interventions). However, this doesn't mean that there are no possible risks at all. Make sure you ask your physiotherapist to explain anything you don't fully understand about a treatment plan before starting it.
6. Do you need to make any lifestyle changes?
Your physiotherapist may recommend that you change some aspects of your life to get better (e.g., they may suggest that you do regular exercise). If you're unwilling or unable to make these changes, find out why they think making them would help and how you can incorporate them into your life without too much difficulty. Remember: if a change is entirely unachievable for you, let your therapist know so they can recommend a different plan of treatment.
If you would like to find out more, you should contact a physiotherapist today.