Your first appointment with a manipulative physiotherapist involves an interview and physical examination. The interview helps us to determine which structures are to be examined and how much mobility or movement in that area you can tolerate at present. We then physically examine the areas of interest which may consist of specific muscle and nerve tests, movements, posture and direct palpation of the structures thought to be involved.
Manipulative Physiotherapy examinations and treatment involve a hands on assessment that allows the Physiotherapist to feel the flexibility and texture of your muscles, nerves and joints. It is important to talk to your Physiotherapist about what you feel during the examination as your movements and your symptoms help in determining the problem. Some examinations do require you to remove certain items of clothing in the problem area and related areas of the body. We do provide gowns when required or you can bring a sleeveless t-shirt and a pair of shorts.
All examinations are very detailed and thorough. Often you will require more that one visit as some injuries take more time to treat and heal.
To help treat your problem, our physiotherapists undertake an initial assessment session of 40 minutes to help make an appropriate diagnosis and treatment plan.
Different physiotherapists have different rates. As all health funds have different levels, we suggest you call your fund and ask them how much they will refund you for an initial physio visit and a subsequent physio visit.
For more information on our current fees please contact us direct.
To claim physiotherapy through Medicare, you must first see your GP to obtain an Enhanced Primary Care Plan (EPC). Your GP will determine whether you are eligible for up to 5 physiotherapy treatments under this plan by assessing your condition.
You do not need a doctor's referral unless you are claiming for any of the following:
• Workers Compensation
• Compulsory Third Party Insurance
• You are claiming the Medicare Rebate
• You are a client of the Department of Veterans Affairs
Click here for the Australian Physiotherapy Association Brochure on private health rebates and how to know whether you are getting the most from your health fund.