A lot of people don’t know when to see a physio. They might ask a friend or family member, google their condition (don’t do it!) or just stick it out hoping for it to get better.
Here are five tips to determine whether you should come in for an appointment:
1. I’ve sustained an acute injury
If you have hurt yourself, it’s good to come in and let your physio assess the extent of your injury and give you tips on initial management. Some injuries might seem worse than they are, and others might masquerade as harmless. Either way, it’s good to get peace of mind and prevent unnecessary worry or further harm.
2. I’ve had this pain for a while
Pain in one area can create a cascade of compensatory behavior. Come in early, because the longer you stick it out, the more factors can contribute to your problem and make finding the original cause a lot murkier.
3. Limitations without pain
You don’t need to be in pain to see a physio. Especially if something is limiting you during your daily activities, training or work it’s worth consulting as physio and finding a solution.
4. Past injuries or conditions
If a past injury is bothering you or you are thinking of starting a new activity or sport, you could get a general assessment. This is because, with changes in behavior and activities, something that was previously harmless may become problematic. This applies to anything from previous fractures, musculoskeletal injuries and/or acquired and hereditary conditions.
5. Is this physio related?
Many people presenting with vertigo or headache benefit greatly from seeing a physio. If you are experiencing dizziness, nausea, incontinence and/or night pain we may refer you on to see a doctor as a precaution to rule out any more serious causes of pain, discomfort or dysfunction.
Besides this, you can always just call up and have a chat with us!
If you have tried different treatments before, communicate this to your physio and they will find something that works for you.