Share
What we’ll cover
  1. When should you see a physiotherapist?
  2. What happens when you see a physiotherapist?
  3. Can a physiotherapist refer for imaging?

When should you see a physiotherapist?

A common query that our team commonly fields is when a client should they see their physiotherapist. Our physiotherapist Jason Lee explains when to see your physiotherapist and why often seeing your health professional sooner rather than later is often the best scenario.

When should you see a physiotherapist

When should you see a physiotherapist?

As soon as possible! Following a musculoskeletal injury, it is highly recommended to see an experience physiotherapist sooner rather than later. Your physiotherapist will be able to perform a thorough assessment to accurately diagnose and treat your injury.

I regularly see clients who are often in limbo after sustaining an injury for several weeks. In between possibly a visit to a doctor, getting investigations such as X-rays or MRI’s, by the time they often see myself it can be a period of several weeks. Unfortunately, during this period, we know that a number of negative events continue to occur following injury.

Our previous blog highlighted What actually happens following injury? and the healing process. However, we also know that following an injury, if left untreated there is often a deterioration in strength and function to the surrounding muscles. We also tend to compensate due to pain or fear of doing more damage. Both this compensation and lack of strength can commonly result in further pain, dysfunction and further lack of confidence around the injured site.

For example, earlier this week I saw a patient following an ankle sprain. A common response to an ankle sprain is to compensate by placing less weight through the injured foot. Unfortunately this quickly results in less flexibility and strength around the foot, ankle and calf. As a result, this can often result in more swelling and ultimately a longer recovery and healing time.

What happens when you see a physiotherapist?

On your initial assessment, your physiotherapist will perform a thorough physical and medical assessment to figure out what is happening. By performing a range of tests, your physiotherapist will be able to diagnose your injury and develop a treatment plan.

These physical tests may involve observing you do a range of movements such as sitting, standing, walking or running. They may also move your limbs to check flexibility or palpate (feel) to get an understanding of what may be happening. A number of other physical tests may also be performed which include examining stability, strength and endurance. Generally these tests will be pain free but some tests may cause mild discomfort. By providing feedback on how it is feeling, this will assist your physiotherapist to narrow down and find the cause of your symptoms.

After these tests, your physiotherapist will be able to provide you a diagnoses and commence treatment. This will often commence in the first session. Your physiotherapist will be able to answer any questions or queries around your injury. This will commonly include what can be done at home to improve healing and recovery. Likewise, your physiotherapist will be able to discuss what activities need to be modified or avoided in order to prevent further injury.

Can a physiotherapist refer for imaging?

If required, your physiotherapist is able to refer for further investigations. These may include X-rays, ultrasounds or MRIs.

Importantly, it is crucial to note that imaging without a thorough physical medical assessment does not commonly help with diagnoses or identifying what may be causing symptoms. Image findings can often show results or changes which may actually be normal and totally unrelated to symptoms.

If you have had imaging, feel free to speak to your physiotherapist or medical professional about what these results could mean in relation to your injury.

If you every find yourself in this position not knowing what to do following an injury, see a trusted physiotherapist as soon as possible. A good physiotherapist will help you get moving in the right direction and make an informed decision if further imaging or input is required.

Our team at Malvern East Physiotherapist see a wide range of injuries from sporting injuries and common injuries including back and neck pain. Feel free to book online or call us.


Follow us
on instagram

Last week our team celebrated another great year. 

Whilst Melbourne’s weather had its own plans, we were still determined to keep with the theme of ‘Italian Summer’. We let our hair down to master the art of mixology 🍸🍹followed by an Italian feast. Friday morning Run Club with the team. Practicing what we preach!

Staying stronger, healthier and happier. This time last week, our team was nervously completing their final preparations for @melbmara . 

Congratulations to our physiotherapists and ME community who ran on the day.

Dilen and Michael completed their first marathons. Abbey and Lizzie smashed out their first half. Last Sunday, our team headed down to see our own Matt Warren win a premiership in the VAFA Premier Men’s Competition. Last week our team dedicated a full day to professional development and team building. At ME Physio we pride ourselves on collaboration to put you at the centre of everything we do. 

Our team covered the latest treatments for back pain, financial well-being and finished off the day with salsa dancing. 

Many thanks to our guests including James Schomburgk from @the2ndvisitphysio , Financial Planners Tony Vikram & Cameron Bishop and the @salsafoundation At ME Physio, our focus is on helping you get stronger so that you can keep doing the things you love.

For Tony and Joan, healthier and stronger is being able to navigate the iconic Coast to Coast Walk in the UK! We recently had the pleasure of hosting Elise Bujor from Women’s & Men’s Health Physiotherapy to discuss women’s health issues across the lifespan. 

Our team pride themselves on staying up to date to ensure you’re able to stay healthier, happier and stronger. Huge milestones over the past few weeks with both Tom and Jude from @delasallefc doing their first bit of running in their rehab. 

Tom is on the return from an ankle dislocation whilst Jude is putting in the hard work following a knee reconstruction. Last week our team enjoyed some friendly rivalry at the footy. 

With finals around the corner, some of our team can now safely make holidays plans for September. We recently had the pleasure of hosting the podiatry team from @sespodiatry. 

Our physiotherapists Michael and Abbey presented on rehabilitation following Achilles surgical repair and ankle surgery. Last weekend some of our team got together to complete the 10 km run @runmelbourne. There was no finish line picture as some were keen to run another 15 km!

Whilst running wasn’t for some - brunch was well received by everyone. Shoulder impingement can be incredibly frustrating and painful. 

Tony has been working closely with our physiotherapists Vernon and Dilen to get on top of his shoulder pain. His treatment plan has included hands-on physiotherapy and individualised exercises in our hydrotherapy and strength programs.

You Deserve to Feel Good.

Enter your email below to subscribe to our newsletter to stay up to date with clinic news and the latest tips and advice from our team of physiotherapists.