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Physiotherapists help improve quality of life.
While there are many types of physiotherapists that work in many areas of health care, at QMD Physiotherapy & Performance we focus on the treatment of pain and injury to the muscles and joints of the body.
In Australia, physiotherapists have to complete university level studies. While at university, many subjects are studied alongside other future healthcare professionals, such as those studying to become doctors and nurses.
In addition to these subjects, physiotherapists also study about biomechanics (how the body moves) and exercise physiology (how exercise affects our body).
How can physiotherapy help me with my pain or injury?
With their in-depth knowledge of how the body moves and responds to injury and exercise, a physiotherapist will do a thorough assessment to decide what is injured or causing pain.
The assessment usually involves asking specific questions regarding your pain or injury (called taking a ‘history’) and then doing a number of physical tests to further help diagnose the cause of your pain or injury.
From the diagnosis, they will then use a number of treatment options to help with pain relief and ensure that your body recovers as fast as possible. As the pain improves, it is important to restore optimal function with a tailored exercise program.
Physiotherapy does not use drugs. Some of the common treatments used are:
> Do I need a doctor's referral to see a physiotherapist?
Although physiotherapists are your GPs most recommended health professional, you DO NOT require a referral from your GP to see one.
> How many treatment sessions will I need?
Each condition is unique. As a general rule, the longer you have been experiencing pain, the longer it will take to get better.
After a thorough assessment, your physiotherapist will come up with a treatment plan and outline how many sessions it will take for you to recover.
> What should I wear to my physiotherapy appointment?
We recommend that you wear clothing that will allow you to move freely. If you are seeing us for a hip, thigh or knee injury, we recommend that you wear or bring along a pair of shorts so that a thorough leg assessment can be performed.
> Are physiotherapy services covered by Medicare?
Physiotherapy sessions are not usually covered by Medicare.
If you have a condition that has lasted for more than 3 months, your GP may refer you to one of our physiotherapists under an Enhanced Primary Care Plan for up to 5 physiotherapy sessions that are funded by Medicare.
This is at the discretion of your GP and you will need to talk to them regarding such a referral.
> Can I claim a rebate for physiotherapy from my private health insurance?
Yes. If you have extras physiotherapy cover with your private health insurance, you will be able to claim an on-the-spot rebate with us.
Rebate amounts vary depending on your private health insurance company and the level of cover that you have. Please contact your private health insurance if you are unsure regarding your rebate amounts.
How is QMD Physiotherapy and Performance different from other physiotherapy practices?
At QMD Physiotherapy and Performance, we have a unique emphasis on getting our patients very strong and fit.
After carefully guiding our patients through the early stages of recovery, we will progress them into our Clinical Strength and Conditioning program.
A specialised program, unique to our practice.