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Consulting Your Physiotherapist

Consulting your physiotherapist for the first time can take anything from 45 minutes up to an hour.  Your Physiotherapist will take a detailed medical case history. This typically involves taking a general medical history questionnaire. Questions regarding lifestyle, family history, medication and previous injuries etc.  The devil is in the detail. Specific medical questions are specially designed to clarify and help rule out other existing conditions or problems. Some of which may have been previously overlooked or changed since your last professional visit.  The information gathered will help form your diagnosis ( problem \ injury etc.) and will help to “screen out” any other possible medical problems. Time is taken so that an effective treatment plan can be formulated and carried out. Exercises will be tailored to your needs.

The Science behind Physiotherapy



Detailed medical case history and examination

A detailed case history helps your Physiotherapist to have a clearer picture of you. This is essential as we are all unique and individual. The biomechanical feedback is combined with your history and helps to identify body tissues that are most likely to be causing your pain or condition. Simple clinical checks like taking blood pressure, reflexes and neural (nerve) tests are routine. We will also use gentle body (bio-mechanical) movement techniques to palpate and assess any joint or tissue restrictions within your muscle, ligament and skeletal system.

The combined information gathered during your visit will help your physiotherapist to reach a clinical diagnosis.  Formulate a treatment plan. Then they will carefully discuss your individual treatment options/plans, with your agreement set goals. The Important point here is that you are happy and understand what is going on. 

Physiotherapy treatment and objectives

A physiotherapy treatment program may involve specific deep muscle massage, joint mobilisations, actively resisted muscle stretches, manipulation, posture correction etc. After treatment, you may receive further advice and a functional exercise plan. Physiotherapy works. For many patients, the goal is first to relieve pain.  Then to correct faulty posture or habits by strengthening muscles and becoming aware of habits that lead to problems and pain. One of our goals is to try to prevent a recurrence of the original injury through education. We will set goals that are rewarding and attainable. 

The Welwyn and Hatfield Practice Physiotherapy, treatment goals and objectives





Other towns within easy reach of the Hatfield Practice:

Welwyn Garden City, Welwyn, London Colney, Colney Heath, Sandridge, Potters Bar, Brookmans Park, Welham Green, Smallford, St Albans, Stevenage.  Sandridge, Wheathampstead, Essendon,Welwyn Garden City, Hertford,Ware, Welwyn Garden City, Broxbourne, Hoddesdon, Hatfield, Cheshunt, Stevenage, Enfield, Harlow, Sawbridgeworth, Waltham Abbey, Barnet, North London.