Physiotherapists and time….
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again Physiotherapists do an amazing job. If I had the time to take four years out, I’d go and gain the qualification as one.
What I struggle with is the length of time it takes to get to see a physio.
Let’s look at the scenario:-
You have an injury, it could be a shoulder, hip, back, foot issue or whatever. You might have an idea how it happened or it’s got progressively worse over time.
Importantly it’s stopping you doing things, probably causing you pain and likely making you fed up, potentially to the point of depression.
You go to the doctor (when you can get an appointment). She or he will prescribe some pain killers and anti inflammatory drugs such as paracetamol and ibuprofen.
If you’re not the insistent type, they’ll send you away for two weeks to ‘see how you get on’ or you might get a referral for physiotherapy.
The waiting list for Physio is 4 to 6 weeks. It’s important to note that if you have personal medical cover through work or otherwise, you may be able to use this to get a quicker private appointment and thus won’t need me.
Tick, tick, tick, tock
What’s happening whilst you’re waiting? The body is repairing which is good news right?
But it’s also potentially adapting to accommodate the injury. This means shifting weight from one area to another, rolling forward to protect a shoulder injury, stopping to protect a back etc.
You are probably scared to use the injured area or unable to which means you are not moving it.
Tick tock tick tock tick tock
The fascia (that’s the coating over the muscle fibres) is getting stickier and the muscle fibres around the affected area are shortening or worse are locked in spasm to protect the area.
You are getting more and more fed up as you can’t do what you want to do and it’s potentially affecting your job, sport, relationship and general mobility.
It’s possibly having a knock on effect to other muscles and causing further issues.
There is a quicker way. You come to see me. We assess your issue and if it’s suitable I help you immediately. We start the process of recovery 6 weeks sooner and thus you get better quicker.
What’s the catch?
Seeing NHS physiotherapists are free to you but not to the NHS (therefore not to you either as a tax payer) See an article here
I’m not. How many appointments you need depends on your situation but I can genuinely tell you sometimes it’s just one.
It’s £40 per hour. Assessment takes usually 15 minutes and the rest is treatment. A physiotherapists appointment is normally 10 and treatment is usually not hands on.
It comes down to whether you can afford to wait. For more details go to the website or call me on 07980 339 864