Physio Near Me – How to find the best physio near you! – Secrets from a Physio
You need to get PAIN-FREE and get RESULTS! So it makes sense then, that choosing the right health professional and right ‘physio near me,’ to help you get pain-free and performing at your best is SUPER important! You need a physiotherapist you can trust, who understands your body and can get you results.
So, what should you look for in choosing the best physio near you?
If you’re in pain, just sustained an injury or looking for a ‘physiotherapist near me,’ then read on as this might be the best 5 minutes you spend all year in helping you decide who’s best to help you get the rehab and health results you need!
4 things to look for in choosing you’re local, best physiotherapist:
1) Check out Google reviews online:
- Google reviews are invaluable in helping you decide who the best physiotherapists are near you.
- Google reviews provide patient testimonies from real local physio patients to help build credibility for the physio and physio practice (or the lack thereof).
- Testimonials can be invaluable in assessing whether a local physiotherapist has the runs on the board to help you achieve your health goals.
2) Experience matters, but not always:
- Generally speaking, the more experienced the physiotherapist, the more likely they are going to be able to help you get the excellent results you are after.
- Having said this, some of the best physiotherapists I have known have been more junior in years than their colleagues. Their passion to grow, help and learn has led them to get patient outcomes beyond their years.
- It really comes down to the individual physiotherapist and their ability to understand you as a person, understand your problem, and deliver on getting you results.
- Within the first few session, you should get a good general feel as to whether or not your selected physio is the right match for you.
3) Check the physio’s bio for areas of interest/speciality:
- Choose a physiotherapist whose personal bio, specific experience, and expertise match your needs.
- for a women’s health physio issue, don’t go and see a male sports physio! See a women’s health physio!
- Similarly, for a sporting injury, find a physio with a good history of working with sporting injuries and sporting teams. Ideally, find a sports physio who has played your sport so they understand the specific demands and common injuries as best as possible.
4) Ask your friends!
- Ultimately, asides from the above points mentioned, word of mouth is still the most trusted way to find the best physio near you.
- If someone in your community knows or has seen a good physiotherapist, ask them for the referral.
- Posting on social platforms like on one of Facebook’s local community groups, asking for help to find a great physio can be helpful for this if you are new to a community.
4 things to look for during and after your initial physiotherapist consultation:
- Ultimately, you need to get results! The time it takes to get pain-free and achieve your health goals will vary greatly depending on what your problem is, it’s time for healing and recovery, the skill of the treating physiotherapist, and how committed you are to your rehabilitation plan.
- The physiotherapist you choose should perform a thorough assessment of your presenting injury, educate you on your diagnosis and contributing factors and lay out a clear plan of treatment and action to help you get the results you need.
- Don’t expect miracles though! Physiotherapists apply a series of rehabilitation principles and treatment techniques and a wealth of wisdom to help you get better and sometimes things take time.
- Do your part – apply your physio’s advice and do your home exercises and if you’re not getting results as expected, speak with your physio about it.
- If you’re consistently not getting the outcomes and results you want, don’t feel bad about seeking an alternative physio. You need to get results, not waste time!
2) Personalised exercise-based rehabilitation program:
- The research is more and more pointing to the fact that for most conditions, exercise-based rehabilitation is essential in getting long-lasting results.
- Your physiotherapist should set you up with a personalised exercise program to assist in you continuing your rehabilitation from home.
- Your home exercise program may include; stretches, heat/cold therapy, muscle activation exercises, and strength and conditioning exercises.
- If your physio doesn’t give you things to continue with at home, make sure you ask them for some, otherwise, you may get mixed results and not see long-lasting change.
3) On-going support:
- Your health journey is a process. It takes time to achieve results, so having easily accessible, on-going support is highly valuable in helping you stay on trac and, feel supported, as your physiotherapist coaches you forward towards better health.
- Don’t be afraid to call, email or message your physio for the support needed in between sessions. No question is ever a silly question!
- Try and avoid choosing a physio who’s too hard to contact, doesn’t return to your calls or doesn’t follow through on what they say they’ll do after the session finishes.
4) An evidence-based approach:
- As physiotherapists, as far as is possible, we aim to provide assessments, treatments, and rehab plans that are based on the best evidence out there.
- Don’t be afraid to ask your physiotherapist why they are doing what they are doing. It not only helps you understand and learn yourself but also will help keep your physiotherapist striving to provide the best evidence-based care they can.
- Be wary of sessions with only TENS (electrical stimulation treatment) and ultrasound treatment techniques. While these treatment techniques can be effective when used as part of a treatment approach, if you see a physiotherapist and all they do is puts electrical stimulation and ultrasound on you and send you on your way, this should raise some red flags!
You deserve to get the best possible results, outcome, and health solutions for your pain and injury! Take time to choose the best physiotherapist for your presenting injury – you won’t regret it!
Are you looking for a Gold Coast physiotherapist, Tweed Heads physiotherapist, Coolangatta physiotherapist, or Elanora physiotherapist?
Jacob and the team at MyPlace Physio Coolangatta and MyPlace Physio Elanora strive to live out the above attributes of an excellent local physio practice. We get RESULTS! We do this by providing:
- Thorough Initial Assessments
- Effective treatments – manual therapy, dry needling, muscle release techniques, exercises and strength, and conditioning
- Personalised home exercise programs with app support
- On-going messaging support after your session
- Private health fund rebatable physiotherapy services
- Experineced physios only – our physios have a minimum of 8 years of clinical experience
- Personalised, goals-centered rehab and health plans to help you achieve your goals.
Jacob at the team can’t wait to help you achieve your health goals!
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Blog by Jacob Taylor – Director and Lead Physiotherapist at MyPlace Physio Kirra and MyPlace Physio Elanora
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