What happens in an initial assessment?
At PhysioFunction our physiotherapists carry out a telephone triage appointment before undertaking a detailed initial assessment in our clinic or in the community. This is an information gathering process, which will allow the therapist to get to know you and to start to build a treatment plan for you. You will be asked about your past medical history and what medication you are currently taking. This will advise the therapist on any precautions they may need to take.
You will also be asked about your home situation and specific problems you are having within your home environment. The therapist may be able to offer solutions to problems you are having or could put you in touch with other health professionals e.g. an Occupational Therapist (OT), who could help with these problems.
The physiotherapist will assess you, looking at your ability to move your limbs, your strength, your posture, your sensation and balance. It is sensible for you to come to your assessment in loose fitting comfortable clothing.
Once the physical assessment is complete, the therapist will discuss their findings with you and will make some suggestions on how to progress forward. This is also the time to discuss and agree with you how often you may need to come back for ongoing treatment. It is also the opportunity to ask any questions you may have.