Who are Physiotherapists?
Physiotherapists are healthcare professionals that are extensively trained to examine, evaluate, diagnose and treat functionality limitations and disabilities and other impairments. Such maladies may have been present from birth, or acquired through injury, or as a the result of ageing or life-changing events.
Physiotherapists are experts in bodily movement and function, who work in partnership with their patients, assisting them to overcome movement disorders and difficulties.
Physiotherapists can help patients recover from injury, reduce pain and stiffness, and increase mobility. A physiotherapist can also help patients prevent any further injuries by working with them to plan the most suitable treatment for their condition, including setting goals and treatment outcomes.
As a ‘first contact’ practitioner, a referral from a GP is not generally necessary in order to see a physiotherapist. In most cases Doctors, Physiotherapists and other medical professionals will work as a team to plan and manage treatment for a specific condition or injury.