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What to expect at your first appointment
Try and arrive early if travelling to us, particularly if it’s your first time to the practice or you are unfamiliar with the area in terms of transport and parking. If you haven’t completed the Practice Registration form that is attached to the email we send you confirming your appointment you’ll have an opportunity to fill this in when you attend. You can also have a glass of water, refresh yourself, or just relax ahead of your appointment.
Allow at least 45 minutes for your first appointment
Your first consultation is likely to last approximately 45 minutes, depending on the problem.
Bring with you any scans or reports and a list of medication
Your physiotherapist will discuss your current problem in detail, as well as ask you about your past medical history. If you have complex problems please bring any letters or reports. A list of medication you are taking will also be helpful.
It’s helpful to try to dress accordingly, depending on where your problem is. If you are required to undress, you may be comfortable with this, but we understand some people may not. We can provide a disposable gown for you to wear. We also appreciate that some people may still not be comfortable with this and you may prefer to dress in loose clothes. You could also bring shorts or a vest top to change in to at the practice if you would prefer, again depending on the area of concern. Please discuss any concerns with our reception team either at booking or on arrival.
After taking a history and discussing your problems the physiotherapist may ask you to perform certain movements and use diagnostic tests in order to assess your problem. They will explain what they are doing and why.
Following your assessment, the physiotherapist will discuss what they think is causing the problem and explain what they can do to help. Your first consultation will also include treatment, if appropriate, as well as advice on how you can help the problem yourself. The treatment they give will depend upon many factors, but they will talk to you about what they are doing and keep you informed.
If a referral is needed to another medical professional, such as your GP for further tests, these will be discussed with you and your permission to communicate sought.
Depending on the nature and severity of your problem your physiotherapist is likely to have a good idea of whether you will need any further treatment and, if so, how many treatments you are likely to need. Our aim is to treat you safely and effectively as quickly as possible and you will be the best judge of your own progress as you notice your problems resolving.