Here at goPhysio we understand that coming to see a Physiotherapist may be a bit daunting? Lots of questions may go through your mind before you decide to make an appointment……….“What will they ask me? Will it hurt? Will I have to get undressed? How do I know it’s going to help?”
We aim to provide a very caring, comfortable and professional environment for you to come and get your problem resolved.
To help answer some of the thoughts you may have if you’re unsure about picking up the phone to make an appointment, in this new blog series, we address some of the questions you may want to ask.
What questions will I be asked?
During your first appointment at goPhysio we will spend a little time sitting with you and asking you some questions. We have to ask some pretty standard questions about your general health, medication etc. just to make sure everything is taken into account. Most importantly we ask what you enjoy doing that your injury may be stopping you from doing! This gives us something to aim towards and a goal. Whether it’s something simple like putting your shoes on without groaning in agony, or you’re signed up to a marathon next month, it’s your own personal goal that helps us guide your personalised recovery.
Asking about the history of your problem or injury is a crucial part of your first appointment. No one knows more about whats happened than you do. Sometimes there are things that aren’t obvious to you that with careful questioning give your Physio a great clue as to what’s going on. We’re a bit like detectives, gathering all the information, putting it together with what we see and find; in order to give you a diagnosis and recovery plan.
Questions may include:
- What makes it worse?
- How is it at night?
- Is there anything you can do to ease your pain?
- Sport specific questions related to training frequency, intensity, changes etc.
- Has anything changed recently like car, bed, footwear, a holiday?
- What would you like to be able to do that you can’t at the moment?
If you don’t know the answer to any questions you’re asked, it doesn’t matter! There’s no right or wrong answers. Some people find it helpful to have a good think about their injury before their appointment or jot a few things down, so they remember some key important facts. But don’t worry if you don’t.
When your physio looks at your injury, they may ask you further questions guided by what they find.
We aim to make you feel as comfortable as possible during your time with us. You’ll find from reception to treatment room you’ll be made to feel welcomed and relaxed with our caring, professional team.