Is Physiotherapy right for me?
According to the Australian Physiotherapy Association website, “Physiotherapy is a healthcare profession that assesses, diagnoses, treats, and works to prevent disease and disability through physical means. Physiotherapists are experts in movement and function who work in partnership with their patients, assisting them to overcome movement disorders, which may have been present from birth, acquired through accident or injury, or are the result of ageing or life-changing events.
Physiotherapy can help recover from injury, reduce pain and stiffness, and increase mobility. A physiotherapist can also help you prevent further injury by listening to your needs and working with you to plan the most appropriate treatment for your condition, including setting goals and treatment outcomes”.
Basically, if you are unsure, come and have a chat to one of our physiotherapists. If for some reason physiotherapy isn’t the required treatment at the time, for example, if you require intervention with a doctor or specialist, our physiotherapists can direct you in the right way and give you the appropriate advice to optimise your recovery.
Who should I see?
We have three female and two male physiotherapists at South Perth Physiotherapy. All our physiotherapists are experienced and highly qualified health professionals. Through further study, higher degrees, on-going education, and sporting team associations our physiotherapists are very well equipped to help diagnose, treat, and manage all types of sporting and musculoskeletal injuries and disorders. We offer a wealth of knowledge in Sports, Musculoskeletal, Pilates and Women’s Health physiotherapy. For specific interests, see our “staff” section.
What types of treatment will my physiotherapist use?
For a more detailed answer to this question, see our “services” section. Treatment will be along the lines of physical and conservative means.
How long are appointments?
Physiotherapy consults are up to 30 minutes. Extended consults are also available. The physiotherapist will assess you and deliver the most optimal treatment needed at that time, as well as discussing the most optimal treatment plan to manage your condition. Pilates classes are 55 minutes in length.
Do I need a referral?
No, you do not need a referral to see one of our physiotherapists. If you have a worker’s compensation or motor vehicle accident claim, or you are eligible for DVA, you need to see your doctor before attending our clinic. You may also be eligible for physiotherapy treatment partly covered by Medicare under the Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) program. Have a chat to your doctor to see if you are eligible for this.
Is payment required at the time?
Yes, payment is required on the day of service. For our pilates and yoga services we offer an upfront deposit option to pay for multiple classes, saving having to pay every time. We also offer HICAPs so rebates can be claimed for physiotherapy services and clinical pilates (instructed by a physiotherapist) at the time of payment. Check with your private health fund on rebate amounts.
Do I need to bring anything to my appointment?
In order to optimise treatment, the area of complaint will be examined. Please come prepared with the appropriate clothing to have this assessment. For example, for a shoulder injury, a small singlet may be preferable and for a groin injury say, a small pair of shorts. A towel is usually draped over patients for comfort.
Please also bring any relevant scans or medical information that may help the treating physiotherapist and any relevant equipment/material associated with the injured body part. For example, an ongoing ankle issue may require the physiotherapist to assess your footwear.
For pilates classes, comfortable clothes that do not restrict movement are advised. If there is anything your physiotherapist requires you to bring along, they will advise you in your appointment.
Also remember that if you are presenting with a worker’s compensation or motor vehicle accident claim, or you are eligible for DVA or EPC (see “Do I need a referral?”), you need to see your doctor before attending our clinic and present with the required paperwork.
If you are using your private health insurance to help fund your consult, remember to bring your card!
Is parking available?
There is parking available on Vista Street, next to the clinic. Note this is short term parking (two hours max).
Is there a cancellation policy?
There is a $50 cancellation fee on appointments that are cancelled less than four hours before appointment time.
For any other queries, do not hesitate to call the clinic on 93686599 to chat with one of our friendly staff.