Frequently Asked Physio Questions

What is physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy is a therapeutic health profession that assists people with injuries, pain, stiffness, weakness, and other movement problems.

Physio are university trained and are experts in injury diagnosis, injury treatment, exercise prescription, injury prevention, rehabilitation and many other areas of sport and musculoskeletal health and fitness.

Physiotherapists also have the expertise to assess the underlying causes of musculoskeletal injuries and provide effective, evidence based treatment so you can resume your normal lifestyle as soon as possible with the least likelihood of recurrence.

Physiotherapists educate patients and teach them the skills required to take care of their bodies using various tools and methods. Following injury, physiotherapists use a variety of treatment techniques to hasten the body's natural healing process and speed recovery.

Physiotherapy is an All Natural Drug Free Treatment

These treatment techniques may include:

  • Mobilization
  • Manipulation
  • Stretches
  • Electrotherapy
  • Exercise prescription including Pilates / Core exercises
  • Taping
  • Bracing
  • Acupuncture
  • Advice and education

The techniques used for each individual are carefully selected by the treating physiotherapist based on research demonstrating maximum benefit for their particular condition


When should I see a Physio SA physiotherapist?

There are many instances when it is appropriate and beneficial to consult a physiotherapist. Some of these include:

  • If you have sustained an injury
  • If you have swelling , bruising of a body part
  •  Are experiencing joint stiffness, pain or ache (particularly if your symptoms have persisted for greater than 5 days)
  • If you are limping or protecting a limb due to pain
  • If you are experiencing pins and needles or numbness
  • Have postural problems?
  • If you need advice on improving strength, flexibility, balance or fitness
  • Need advice on injury prevention or other aspects of musculoskeletal health
  • If you require treatment for an injury
  • Wish to improve your physical performance for sport limited by injury.
  • If you are planning a return to sport or activity following a prolonged period of inactivity

As a general rule, if you are unsure, it is always better to consult a professional rather than not seek advice.

How can Physio SA help my injury?

PHYSIO SA can ensure your injury is thoroughly assessed and diagnosed correctly. This is essential to ensure the correct treatment techniques are chosen for your condition. Physiotherapy treatment can hasten your body's natural healing process, accelerating your return to sport or activity. Appropriate treatment will also reduce the likelihood of recurrence by addressing factors which may have contributed to the development of your condition. Physiotherapists are experts in advising patients on which activities are appropriate for their injury to maximize recovery and ensure an optimal outcome.

How will you assess my injury?

During an initial assessment, it is important that your Physiotherapist asks you detailed questions about your injury. They will ask questions about your health history, medical conditions, how you got injured, your level of pain, and your description of the pain. Once they understand the scope of your injury, they will test your range of motion, strength, and joint movement.  At PHYSIO SA we will listen carefully and pay attention to every detail before deciding on a treatment plan.

Which physiotherapy clinic should I go to for treatment?

Choosing the right physiotherapy clinic for treatment can be difficult. Whilst all physiotherapists are university trained and qualified, it is important to select a physiotherapist who is trusted, knowledgeable and friendly and can provide the best quality treatment for your injury. When it comes to choosing a physiotherapist there are no hard and fast rules, but some things worth considering include:

  • How long has the physiotherapist been qualified for? The physiotherapists at PHYSIO SA have over 31 yrs of experience.
  • Is the physiotherapist a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association? All PHYSIO SA physiotherapists are members of the APA.
  • Does the physiotherapist have a particular area of expertise? The physiotherapists at PHYSIO SA have a special interest in treating all shoulder and elbow problems as well as neck , back and sports injuries.
  • Does the physiotherapist have post-graduate qualifications? Yes
  • Have you seen a physiotherapist before and did you achieve a good outcome?
  • Have your friends or family had a good experience from a physiotherapist or clinic before? 

Can the Physio SA physiotherapists see you at any time without a doctors referral?

Some practitioners require a doctor’s referral before you see them. This can be inconvenient. You do not need a doctor’s referral to see a physiotherapist.

Simply call 08 8363 2344 and make an appointment whenever you wish.

What are Physio SA clinic Hours

At PHYSIO SA the clinic has hours of operations that work well with your lifestyle. You shouldn’t have to take time off of work and family life to make it to your treatment session. Our clinics offer flexible extended evening and weekend hours.

How many visits will i need?

No two injuries are the same. The amount of time and number of sessions is customized by your physiotherapist at PHYSIO SA . The goal of the physiotherapist will be to recommend a treatment plan that offers both the quickest and most effective recovery outcome.