Clients suffering from a work or motor vehicle injury are required to be initially assessed by a medical doctor who will organise form therapy as well as investigations. Clients who then come to the practice are fully assessed over the first few sessions where a full verbal and physical examination are undertaken. From this examination, a rehab treatment plan is devised which incorporates the goals of the client and the findings of the physiotherapist.
A treatment program will usually follow a series of stages which differ in time depending on the type of injury.
Stage 1 – hands on physiotherapy
Initially we are aiming to alleviate the symptoms and quickly restore as much movement as possible.
Stage 2 – home exercise program
Teaching the client rehab methods of alleviating their symptoms while helping to prevent re-injury and allow healing.
Stage 3 – gym program
For many clients getting into the gym and then undertaking an independent but monitored program is a way of progressing into a normal non-rehabilitation environment. These programs are focused on improving general fitness and strength in functional positions. We come to your local gym and set up the program on the equipment that you will be using. Rehab programs are monitored periodically to progress as the client improves.
On top of guiding the client through the rehabilitation process it is the responsibility of the therapist to regularly communicate with the doctor regarding the client’s progress.
Work site assessments may be undertaken by the physiotherapist to evaluate the exact work stresses on the client and aid in an appropriate and graduated return to work program. Such assessments are also able to provide important information that makes the exercise rehabilitating extra specific.