What is Physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy uses a variety of techniques to address muscular and joint aches and pains, and allow them to function at their full potential. It can help repair damage, and speed up the healing process, allowing you to return to all your activities sooner.
At North Ryde Physiotherapy we have physiotherapists with expertise and extra training in the particular management of sports and musculoskeletal (spinal) physiotherapy. Our physiotherapists utilise the most up to date evidence guided treatment, to ensure your recovery is as quick as possible.
All physiotherapists in Australia are required to be registered by law. Registration as a physiotherapist is only possible after completion of a university degree in physiotherapy or health sciences.
What is a Specialist Physiotherapist?
Becoming a Specialist and Fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapists (ACP) is a qualification and honour granted to members of the APA in recognition of very high standards of clinical skill and scholarship. Fellowship of The College by Specialisation is achieved following many years of relevant clinical experience, attainment of a relevant postgraduate qualification, teaching and research experience, and demonstrated leadership within and outside the profession and is conferred only after a rigorous peer reviewed examination procedure. Fellowships recognise the leadership and expertise of Specialist Physiotherapists.
What is an APA-Titled Sports Physiotherapist?
Members of the Sports Physiotherapy Association (SPA), have experience and knowledge of the latest evidence based practice, skilled assessment and diagnosis of sports injuries, with effective hands on management techniques to assist recovery, prevent injury, and allow accelerated return to sport. The Title "Sports Physiotherapist" requires advanced education, (including a Masters Degree in Sports Physiotherapy), and experience within the sports physiotherapy field. including working with sporting teams. The professional experience of an APA Sports Physiotherapist is currently recognised by numerous sporting bodies, including the Australian Olympic Committee.
What is an APA-Titled Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist?
Titled Members of the Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Association, (MPA) have obtained recognised postgraduate qualifications, including a Masters Degree in Manipulative Physiotherapy. A number of postgraduate courses in Australia are recognised by the MPA as high quality courses that meet the needs and standards of the profession in the area of musculoskeletal physiotherapy. Physiotherapists with the Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist Title have demonstrated advanced knowledge base in musculoskeletal physiotherapy, including clinical reasoning expertise, with highly developed knowledge and skills and advanced assessment and treatment techniques at their disposal.
Do I need a referral?
A referral is not necessary for physiotherapy, unless you are seeking treatment related to a Workcover or a Compulsory Third Party claim.
If you do have a GP, we will communicate with them regarding your injury and treatment.
What should I wear?
You should wear loose fitting, comfortable clothes to your appointment. You may be required to remove your clothing as part of your assessment or treatment, but in this case, we will provide you with shorts or a gown.
What should I bring?
You should bring any relevant paperwork, and any XRays, CT's or MRI's you may have. If your injury is related to your feet or knees, you may like to bring your footwear. You may also like to bring your own shorts.
Can I use my Health Fund Card?
At North Ryde Physiotherapy we have the HICAPS system, which communicates directly with your health fund. You will only be required to pay the gap between the health fund rebate and our fee.
The rebate amount will vary from fund to fund, and is dependent on your level of cover. You can contact your health fund for this information.
How long will my appointment take?
Your initial appointment will last 40 minutes. In this time, we will ask you detailed questions regarding the history of your presenting problem,, do a thorough physical examination and begin your treatment programme. We will provide you with a detailed explanation of your diagnosis, and your rehabilitation plan. You will be provided with ample opportunity to ask any questions you may have.
Follow up appointments are 20 minutes. Longer appointments are available where necessary, at an additional cost.
Do you treat WorkCover patients?
We do treat WorkCover patients, but extra details are required at the time of your initial consultation:
- Claim number
- Insurance Company
- Date of Injury
- Doctors' Referral
- Claims officer
- Workplace details
Does Medicare Cover Physiotherapy?
Some limited physiotherapy sessions are covered by Medicare. These are limited to those pateints referred by their medical practitioner on the Enhanced Primary Care Program (EPC). Please discuss this with your General Practitioner.