Your first visit and what to know

In order for us to efficiently treat and ease your pain, we will need to get to the root of its cause by a thorough physical assessment.  Because we mainly deal with joint and musculoskeletal problems, it may be necessary that we need to partially undress you in order to do so.  To make your physiotherapy treatment as comfortable as possible, we advise that you bear this in mind when choosing your clothing. Below are some examples of common problems we treat and some suggestions for suitable clothing.  Also please be aware that you may bring a relative or friend along to physiotherapy if you so wish in order to further relax and make the experience more comfortable for you.


Please note: "All patients under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. This is a legal requirement."


What to wear:


  • Neck and shoulder pain: Your physiotherapist will ask you to undress to your waist so female patients are advised to wear a suitable bra.


  • Arm and hand pain: Again elbow and hand pain can frequently originate from the neck and you may be required to undress to the waist so females are again advised to wear a suitable bra.


  • Lower back & hip pain: In this instance, your physiotherapist will require you to undress to your underwear. Alternatively you may bring along a pair of shorts to change into for treatment.


  • Knee and lower leg pain: It is advisable that you bring along a pair of shorts, as your legs will need to be exposed. Occasionally knee pain may originate from the low back so suitable underwear is also advised.



What now?
Once your physiotherapist has made their diagnosis, they will give you a thorough explanation of your problem and recommend an appropriate course of treatment.  This may include manual therapy, therapeutic exercise, soft tissue therapy and other physiotherapy modalities. In order for you to gain the utmost benefit from physiotherapy, it is very important that you follow the physiotherapist's advice and recommended treatment program. This may involve some exercises and advice to follow at home but you can rest assured that anything the physiotherapist has advised is paramount for your recovery and remember...


"the more you put in to physiotherapy, the more you will get back."