Do I have to be referred by my Doctor?
No. You may self refer to physiotherapy without the need of a Doctors referral. Some private health insurers require a Doctor’s referral first.
What should I expect at my first appointment?
Dawn will assess you by asking questions about your disorder and also screen for differential diagnosis. She will conduct a musculoskeletal examination and explain to you what she feels is causing your symptoms. Options for treatment, rehabilitation and management will be discussed taking into consideration your needs and wishes. Individual care and treatment will be consented to by yourself following this shared decision making process.
What are the likely aims of treatment?
The aim of treatment will be to:
- reduce your symptoms, such as pain, as quickly as possible by encouraging optimum tissue healing,
- restore your range of movement by integrating your muscular, joint and nervous system,
- help you return to normal activity, employment and/or sport as soon as possible by a staged exercise and rehabilitation programme,
- reduce the risk of reoccurrence through education and self management.
What Dawn can treat?
Dawn specialises in the management of musculoskeletal disorders of the whole body i.e. the spine, pelvis and peripheral joints and muscles including the temporomandibular joint.
Conditions may include different types of:
- joint disorders e.g. joint injury, arthritis, ligament sprains, bursitis, hypermobility syndrome, post joint dislocation, replacement or other surgery,
- muscle disorders e.g. muscle strains, tendinopathies, trigger point and postural pain, repetitive strain,
- other conditions e.g. nerve irritation e.g. sciatica, soft tissue and/or sports injuries, post fractures or chronic pain.
Treatment can also help arthritis sufferers by providing advice concerning joint protection and mobilisation. Arthritic and inflammatory conditions include osteoarthritis, ankylosing spondylitis and rheumatoid arthritis.
What types of treatment are available?
Dawn is trained in the use of a selection of techniques such as:
- joint mobilisation and manipulation,
- soft tissue manual therapy,
- muscle imbalance and core stability exercises,
- resistance training and functional rehabilitation,
- neural mobilisation,
- taping and strapping,
- postural re-education,
In addition you may be offered specific, lifestyle and fitness advice, self management strategies, pain education, home exercises and information concerning your condition. You may be advised when injection therapy or further investigations may benefit the recovery or management of your condition.
What is Women’s Health physiotherapy?
Dawn provides confidential and sensitive care on the management of women’s health issues such as urinary incontinence, urgency and/or frequency and prolapse. Also pregnancy related pelvic and low back pain. Symptoms often manifest in pregnancy, the post partum period and during the menopause. Care will include an assessment, advice and information, physiotherapy treatment and support.
Can I bring someone with me?
You are welcome to bring a family member or friend to chaperone you if it would make you feel more comfortable and relaxed. It is recommended that all patients under the age of 16 are accompanied by an adult chaperone.