FREQUENTLY ANSWERED QUESTIONS
Discover quick answers to our most frequently asked questions
Should I see a doctor or physio?
When deciding whether to visit a General Practitioner (GP), consider the following circumstances:
Do you require prescription medication, such as prescription-dose anti-inflammatories?
Do you need a referral to a specialist?
Do you require an injection?
Do you exhibit any 'red-flag' symptoms, which may indicate more serious or sinister pathology that could put your health at risk? 'Red-flag' symptoms include severe pain that doesn't improve with rest, unexplained weight loss, or a sudden change in bowel or bladder function.
Sometimes, the answer to these questions may be unclear without a professional opinion. Physiotherapists can provide clarity after a thorough assessment, can immediately begin treatment to address your problem, and can then refer on if necessary. If you're unsure about the best course of action, contact us for guidance and support.
Do I need a referral?
Physiotherapists are primary healthcare practitioners, meaning they are trained to be first point of call for their area of specialty. In our case, this is muscle and joint injuries! This means you do not need to see your GP for a referral as a private patient, you can come straight to us and we can diagnose and treat your condition, or send you to your GP if we think you require a scan, certain medication or a referral to a specialist. If your condition however relates to an insurance (WorkCover or motor vehicle accident) or DVA claim, you will need a GP referral.
Do I need a scan?
Physiotherapists can refer for scans like MRI, X-ray, and Ultrasound, but a GP referral is needed for Medicare rebates on certain body areas. Costs may vary between physio and GP referrals, depending on the scan. Our sports physiotherapists, experienced in diagnosing muscle and joint injuries, have the skills to know when imaging is necessary. For more details and to discuss your specific situation, contact us.
What does a consult involve?
An initial consult will typically involve your physiotherapist asking you a series of questions to try and understand how and why your injury occurred. This will then be followed by a physical examination to identify the problem and understand why it happened. This examination will often involve an assessment of your posture, muscle flexibility, joint range of movement, muscle strength, balance and control and anything else we think might be relevant. Following our physical assessment, we will then discuss a plan to achieve your goals and get started with prescription of relevant exercises and hands-on therapy as indicated. To begin your journey towards recovery and to learn more about our comprehensive assessment process, schedule your initial consultation today.
What should I bring?
Please bring the reports to any relevant scans and doctor or surgeon letters. It is also advisable to wear or bring along shorts and a singlet (loose fitting). Also bring along your running shoes if you think you might require a running or jumping assessment for a lower body complaint. If you have private health insurance, you should also bring your card in order to claim from your heath following your visit using our on-site HICAPS machine.
How long will my appointment take?
Initial appointments at ProSport Physio are scheduled for 30-45 minutes to ensure a thorough assessment and the development of a personalised treatment plan. Subsequent appointments typically last 20-30 minutes, allowing us to effectively monitor your progress and adjust treatments as needed. For more information on what to expect during your visit or to book your initial consultation, schedule your appointment now.