Making your first Spine and Physiotherapy appointment can be an anxious moment but it is also the first step towards returning to your daily activities without pain and keeping it that way. Usually the clinic friendly Spine and Physiotherapy assistants will be on-hand to reassure you and help you arrange a suitable time to come in and see us.
What to wear and bring
Although there is no specific dress code for visiting a Spine and Physiotherapist, it is always a good idea to wear comfortable, non-restricting clothes, to allow your Spine and Physiotherapist to easily evaluate your condition during the physical examination. Patient gown/shorts will be provided if needed.
Before spinal check up
On your first visit to a Spine and Physiotherapy clinic, Spine and Physiotherapy assistant will ask you to fill out some forms related to your visit. After that, they should explain to you what to expect during your Spine and Physiotherapy treatment. For some clinics, they will even show you. A short video about the what to expect during your Spine and Physiotherapy treatment.
Consultation & Examination
Your Spine and Physiotherapist will take a case history and do a full examination of your spine, nerves, muscles and soft tissue structures. Depending upon your case, x-rays and follow-up tests may be requested.
After your initial examination, the clinic's medical staff will explain their findings and how they may be affecting your health. You will learn about potential causes for your pain and discomfort as well as possible underlying causes.
We will explain what types of treatment we feel is suitable for your condition and describe the treatment plan best for you. If we are happy with the examination results and feel it is safe to proceed we will begin with the treatment.
Report of findings
On your second visit to the clinic, we will present you with a comprehensive report of findings from your initial examination and x-rays to go over a treatment plan with you. Your Spine and physiotherapist will endeavor to provide a clear explanation for your condition and help you understand what to expect for your spinal care.
Spinal Health Advice
We may advise you on how to improve certain aspects of your health and well-being often in relation to your work, core stability or posture and recommend some suitable home exercises for you. By working together the clinic will deliver an optimal situation for a quick return to health and normal activity levels.
Hopefully when the treatment are finished you will begin to notice some improvement in your condition.