Physiotherapy can help with a number of common problems such as:
- Painful conditions such as arthritis
- Chronic and complex pain
- Back and neck pain, including sciatica and whiplash.
- Upper limb conditions including shoulder injuries
- Repetitive strain injuries (RSI) such as tennis elbow
- Preventing surgery, or helping you to prepare for and recovery from surgery.
- Work place injuries
- Balance problems, helping to prevent injuries or falls.
- Sports injuries and helping you to keep doing your favorite leisure activity
- Pregnancy related symptoms such as back-pain or stress incontinence or recovering from child-birth
- Asthma and other breathing difficulties
- Problems affecting children.
No, you don’t need a doctor’s referral to see a physiotherapist. Physiotherapists are trained to assess and diagnose physical conditions. Physiotherapists, doctors, and other health professionals will often work as part of a team to plan and manage treatment for a specific condition. Where a doctor specialists in the prescription of medicine, a physiotherapist specialists in the prescription of exercise and physical therapy treatment modalities.
Physiotherapists are trained to assess your condition, diagnose the problem, and help you understand your condition and the how to treat it.
Physiotherapy combines various treatments to help you reach your full potential such as:
- exercise programs to improve mobility and strengthen muscles, including Clinical Pilates
- joint manipulation and mobilisation to reduce pain and stiffness
- muscle re-education to improve control
- airway clearance techniques and breathing exercises
- soft tissue mobilisation (massage)
- dry needling and acupuncture
- Specialized electrotherapy or thermal modalities to reduce pain and swelling
- assistance with use of aids, splints, crutches, walking sticks and wheelchairs to help you move around.
Not yet, Bowen Physiotherapy is yet to become a registered provider and can not yet offer this service at this stage.
NDIS is insurance the provides individualized support for people with disability, their families and carers that includes Physiotherapy services.
However, Contact us and we can refer you onto a local provider.
Yes, you may get a rebate if you have Extras cover. The rebate amount will depend on your health fund policy. You can make instant claims your health fund at the clinic, please bring your health fund card with you to do this. If your health fund does not cover the whole cost of treatment you only have the gap to pay.
This will depend on the type of treatment you are receiving. Generally we recommend loose, comfortable clothing that will not restrict movement. A pair of shorts is recommended for lower limb treatments. A singlet is recommended for neck and shoulder assessments. Please confirm the required attire with the practitioner before your appointment
- Any information you that relates to your condition, including things like x-rays reports or other medical imaging reports, letters/referrals from your doctor hospital discharge summary, contact details of your specialist/doctor/other treatment providers.
- Bring your health fund card, if you have Private Health insurance, so that you can claim your health fund rebate at the clinic.
- What should I wear to the appointment?
At your first visit to see a Physiotherapist, you will be welcomed to the clinic by our friendly staff and asked to fill out our new patient intake forms (if you haven’t already filled out the online form). Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment to complete these forms.
When you are taken through to the treatment room by your Physiotherapist they will gather your a thorough health and background history, for example; history of your presenting condition, past medical history, family history, occupational, dietary and exercise habits, and previous care received. You will undergo a complete examination including an orthopedic assessment, postural assessment, and neurological assessment (if applicable). This allows us to make an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment plan.
Where possible, treatment will take place on the initial visit, however in certain circumstances we must acquire your x-ray, ultrasound or other medical tests before starting a treatment program.
Safety always comes first. Following your assessment your physiotherapist will give you advice on ways to manage your injury/condition. For example, what activities to avoid and which will benefit you. Your physiotherapist will especially assist you methods to manage any pain.
On your subsequent visit/s to our Clinic
Your physiotherapist will have developed personalized treatment and care plan a this will be explained in detail. If specialized testing was requested at your initial consultation, your physiotherapist will help you to understand the findings. More serious health issues may require a referral to additional specialists. Your health is always our primary goal.