Your first assessment at Abbey Physiotherapy will typically be a 30-minute consultation which allows time for a comprehensive assessment and a short treatment in the remaining time available. If you would prefer more time for treatment on this initial appointment, you may wish to book in for 45 or 60 minutes. At Abbey Physiotherapy we treat each client as an individual, your treatment programme will not be an off the shelf package, but a recovery approach that will take into consideration your own goals towards treatment and rehabilitation. Our Physiotherapists are trained to recognise when physiotherapy is not suitable and can refer you for further investigations, either privately on the NHS via your GP. It is important to us that you understand your condition before we start treatment and so please feel comfortable to ask questions about your diagnosis and care plan.
Arriving at Abbey Physiotherapy
On arrival, you will be greeted by our friendly receptionist who will request that you complete our consent form. If the receptionist is not available at the time, your Physiotherapist will take these details. This allows you to identify if you are claiming through an insurance company (such as BUPA, Simply Health etc) and gives you the opportunity to provide us with your policy details. It is helpful to arrive a few minutes prior to your appointment time to complete this in order to maximise your diagnosis and treatment time.
PLEASE NOTE: In order to complete a thorough assessment, we will need to examine the area to be treated. You may, therefore, find it more comfortable to bring a vest top if your condition is with your upper body, or a pair of shorts if you have a lower body condition. Loose-fitting clothes are also a good idea
During your initial assessment, your physiotherapist will ask a series of questions about your condition. This will be followed by a detailed examination involving some movements and tests that highlight the problem and potential causes of your condition. These findings will then be discussed with you to formulate a personalised treatment plan. With the remaining time after this, you will be offered a short treatment/self-management advice.
Your physiotherapist will discuss possible treatment options with you and decide where to start. This will incorporate your preference for treatments and our recommendations. For example, we may suggest acupuncture but if you have a fear of needles this may not be the best option for you! Feedback from you is always important as this guides the best approach. It may be that you experience some soreness after a treatment, this normally resolves within 24 hours. At each appointment, Physiotherapist will ask on your response to treatment and adjust your treatment accordingly
Note: Please feel free to bring a partner or friend along to accompany or chaperone you during your visits. Well behaved children are also welcome but remain your responsibility.