Over the past 15 years practicing as a local physiotherapist, I have discovered through clinical experience 5 critical key factors which determine the success or failure of your physiotherapy treatment program. I would like to share them to all my prospective and existing patients as being aware of these can help increase the likelihood of the success of your physiotherapy treatment program at Acland Street Physiotherapy, at the very least!
The 5 critical key factors which determine the success or failure of your physiotherapy treatment program are:
1. Ensure you do as much research as you can about the physiotherapist you are considering to book in with. Unlike a GP, you will likely spend a lot more time with your physiotherapist so it is important that you will likely get along. Questions to consider include:
3. Work in collaboration with your physiotherapist to discuss your health goals, treatment options and timeframes. The physiotherapist should explain what treatment options will likely resolve the condition for you, and it is completely up to you on whether you feel comfortable about pursuing one or more options. There needs to be a clear plan in place to make treatment work for you.
4. Be prepared to do work. There is only so much benefit "hands on" passive treatment the physiotherapist can provide you as part of your recovery journey. It is arguably more critical that you actually complete the home exercise program the physiotherapist recommends for you to do. The physiotherapist should be designing a program that is realistic to you, and very well integrated into your lifestyle.
5. You should feel comfortable and not hesitate to communicate with the physiotherapist about your treatment program and any concerns outside the walls of the consult room. At Acland Street Physiotherapy, we encourage our patients to email the physiotherapist in between consultations, and on occasion, the conversation may be escalated to a phone call or an appointment if deemed necessary.