Our Care Process

At the Southport Central Physiotherapy & Sport Injury Clinic, we are focussed on helping our patients through each stage of their recovery. To deliver a high level of care, it is important our patients have an understanding of our care process.

Below you will find a detailed breakdown of each step in our care process:

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Stage 1 - The Assessment

(Goal Setting, Past History, and Full Body Assessment)

– When you arrive for your appointment, you will be asked a number of questions which guides our physiotherapists in creating a individual treatment plan to help reach your recovery goals.

– If prior to visiting us you have consulted with other health professionals regarding your symptoms or overuse injury, it is vital to disclose this information to our physiotherapists.

– Our physiotherapists understand the need to look at the body as a whole and not just the symptomatic or painful areas. Please dress appropriately for your appointment.  Clothes such as shorts, T-Shirt/Singlet, or sports bra for females, will help our physios to inspect body parts thoroughly.

Note: The assessment process is thorough and can take up to an hour to complete. It is important that you cooperate with your physiotherapist at the stage to ensure they can collect all the information necessary to accelerate the treatment and rehabilitation phase.

Stage 2 - Education

Our physiotherapists take time to educate patients on the reasons for their symptoms and the steps recommended to resolve the condition.

Stage 3 - Treatment

Treatment Stage (Manual Therapy, Exercise Therapy and Posture/Technique education)

– Once the problem area is identified, our physiotherapist designs the most appropriate, safe and effective treatment methods to achieve the desired results.

– It is not uncommon for patients to experience measurable results such as: range of motion, muscle strength, and length, nerve movement and/or balance and coordination) once the dysfunctional body part is identified.

– Our physiotherapist then prescribes exercises and advice to help maintain treatment results.

– It’s important to understand the body works as one entity.  Areas that seem unrelated to your pain may be the cause. Your physiotherapist will demonstrate and explain this during treatment.

Stage 3 - The Recovery Phase

Once multiple dysfunctions of your body have been resolved with the treatment you will begin to regain full function of your body.

– Initially, treatment sessions will be scheduled quite frequently, on average 2 sessions per week over 3 weeks.

– As your body recovers and postures/habits/behaviors that are driving your symptoms are identified and resolved through our treatment process, our consultants will start to reduce the treatment frequency and allow your body to function independently without reliance on treatment.

– It is important in this phase to realise that, just because you do not experience pain or dysfunction, does not mean your condition has fully resolved. It is not uncommon for patients to misinterpret this and cease treatment against our best advice only to reinjure themselves with greater severity.

– Our consultant will guide you and update you on your recovery progress to ensure you are on track to achieving a full recovery.

Stage 4 - Life-long Care

– Our consultants understand that there is no single cause of a complex chronic spine condition.

– After Our consultants have resolved your musculoskeletal dysfunction in your body and achieved the best function and outcome, it is important for us to continue to ensure your body functions at its best.

– There are some factors that may recur and continue to drive the accumulation of body strain that may result in a relapse of your spine/musculoskeletal condition.

– Therefore, it is important to allow our consultants to check and treat on a regular basis, to ensure these strains do not build up to another relapse of your condition.
– it is recommended that our clients be reviewed on a monthly basis for during this phase.

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