Physiotherapy (also referred to as Physio) is a health care profession utilising evidence based therapies such as exercise, manual therapy, electrotherapy, specialised equipment and education to help relieve pain, improve strength, restore normal range of movement and functional ability. When you see one of our Physiotherapists at our Vermont South clinic, you will get an accurate diagnosis, professional treatment, pain relief, rapid recovery from your injury and associated rapid return to your work / lifestyle.
Our physiotherapists are experts in:
- Accurately diagnosing the source of your pain and problem.
- Musculoskeletal conditions affecting your: back and neck, shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee, ankle or foot.
- Muscle and joint sprains.
- Gym supervision/training – strength and cardio.
- Individual Pilates.
- Treatment of vertigo and dizziness.
- Fall prevention programs.
- Physio soft tissue massage.
- Dry Needling.
- Pre and Post operative management (knees, ankles, hips, shoulders – arthroscopes and joint replacements).
- Post fracture management.
- Sports injuries (ligaments and muscle strains).
- Motor vehicle accidents (including whiplash).
- Work related injuries (work cover).
- Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) patients.
- Repetitive injuries (e.g. tennis elbow).
- Joint instability.
What sort of treatments do physiotherapists use?
The Physiotherapists at First Choice Health are trained to assess your condition, provide you with a provisional diagnosis of the problem, and explain to you understand what’s wrong and why you are experiencing your problem. We will take into account your lifestyle, activities, and general health and include you in the decision making process of your treatment. The physiotherapists at First Choice Health pride themselves on using the latest techniques and technology to help your muscles and joints recover after injury and provide strategies to prevent recurrence.
The following are common treatment methods physiotherapists may use:
- exercise programs to improve mobility and strengthen muscles
- joint manipulation and mobilisation to reduce pain and stiffness
- muscle re-education to improve control
- airway clearance techniques and breathing exercises
- soft tissue mobilisation (massage)
- assistance with use of aids, splints, crutches, walking sticks and wheelchairs.