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FAQS 2017-05-19T14:50:22+00:00

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

Physiotherapy is a science-based, health care profession concerned with restoring healthy movement and regaining full activity wherever possible. It plays a vital part in pain relief and healing. It can restore joint mobility, muscle flexibility, strength and coordination as well as core stability after injury or disease. These are the essential ingredients of a successful rehabilitation programme.

Physiotherapists are trained to diagnose problems in the joints, nerves and soft tissues of the body, and will conduct a comprehensive assessment and treatment plan for your particular problem. We are committed to using the latest research and treatment methods to improve your condition.

There are two main types of sports injuries:

  • Acute sports injuries
    These are sudden traumatic injuries such as twisting your knee or ankle. These injuries commonly involve muscle, tendon, or ligament tears. Pain occurs instantly, is often intense and may stop you playing. The injured area may swell up and it will be painful to move. Physiotherapy treatment will provide comprehensive rehabilitation programmes individually designed to get you back to your sport as quickly as possible.
  • Overuse sports injuries
    Overuse injuries are more common. They start with the gradual onset of an ache or pain with no specific injury involved. Symptoms can be ignored for a while but they slowly get worse until eventually the pain becomes bad enough to stop you doing your sport. There is no injury as such that needs to heal but a part of the body is being overloaded and cannot stand the strain. Although anti-inflammatory medication and a period of rest give temporary relief, the problem recurs on returning to your activity. The physiotherapist’s job is to diagnose the underlying reason for these problems, devise a treatment and rehabilitation programme and give preventative advice to stop the injury recurring.
All physiotherapists at Kinross Physiotherapy are fully qualified and members of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
You do not necessarily need to see your GP prior to physiotherapy, unless your Insurance Company stipulates this as a requirement. If you are paying for treatment independently you are free to see a physiotherapist first. We may contact your GP or ask you to visit them if we feel this is necessary.
Yes, we are registered with all major providers, including BUPA, AXA PPP, CIGNA and Norwich Union (AVIVA).
It is recommended that you wear loose fitting clothing. Shorts are normally required for lower limb and back problems. Your physiotherapist will require you to partially undress to assess and treat your problem appropriately. Towels and robes are provided if required.
Of course you are welcome to have a friend or family member in the treatment room if this makes you more comfortable. Children and babies can come into the room also, although you may find it easier for someone else to look after them, so there are no distractions during your session.
On the initial visit your physiotherapist will need to perform a thorough assessment. This will be carried out in a private treatment room and will begin with a talk about the problem and your general health. You will then have a physical assessment which will look into your movements and identify the affected tissues. Please note that you will receive treatment during the first visit.
Treatment sessions are approximately 40 minutes.
Number of sessions will depend on individual problems and how acute your symptoms are. Following the initial assessment your physiotherapist will be able to advise you further.