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Consulting Your Physiotherapist

Consulting your physiotherapist for the first time does not have to be a stress. Your first appointment at the Hatfield Practice can take anything from 45 minutes up to an hour, including a few simple forms to fill, examination and treatment.  Your Physiotherapist will take a detailed medical case history. The consultation typically involves taking a general medical history questionnaire—questions about lifestyle, family history, medication and previous injuries etc., are usual.  The devil they say is in the detail, and we want to get it right for you. Your first consultation is specially designed to clarify fact and help rule out other existing conditions or problems. It is essential that nothing is overlooked or has changed since your last health check.  The information gathered will help form your diagnosis ( what the problem is \ injury etc.) and helps to “screen out” any other possible medical issues. Time is taken so that an effective treatment plan can be formulated and carried out. During your first visit, treatment and exercises will be tailored to your needs.

The Science behind Physiotherapy



Detailed medical case history and examination

A detailed case history helps your physiotherapist have a clearer picture of you; we are all complex and individual. The examination is combined with the medical history taken, as this helps identify the areas that are most likely to be causing your pain. Straightforward clinical checks like taking blood pressure, reflexes and neural (nerve) tests are performed. We will also use gentle movement techniques to palpate and assess any spinal joint or 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 treatment options/methods, 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 or Acupuncture 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 correct faulty posture or habits by strengthening muscles and becoming aware of patterns 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