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What Should I Wear To My First Appointment?

Posted on 3rd November 2016 by

goPhysio FAQIt’s really common for those visiting a physio or sports massage practitioner to be a bit apprehensive about what they should wear to their first appointment.

In order to do a thorough assessment ideally your physio will need to be able to clearly see the area where you are getting your pain and place their hands on it to identify any changes in the tissues around that area such as swelling, heat, stiffness and trigger points in the muscles, as well as to do some hands-on treatment.


So what you need to wear will depend on where your pain is, here are few common examples:

  • If you have a neck, upper back or shoulder problem you will usually be asked to remove your top so we can clearly see your posture, however for ladies it’s absolutely fine to wear a strappy top if you feel more comfortable like this.
  • Lower back problems can be linked to biomechanical issues with the lower limbs and your physio may need to check how your nerves in your legs are functioning so it’s a good idea to bring shorts, especially if you have pain radiating down the leg. You will usually be asked to remove or roll up your top so we can see your lower back too.
  • For hip, knee and ankle problems again a pair of shorts is a good idea or alternatively a loose skirt is fine for ladies. Tights, shoes and socks will need to be removed.
  • For elbow, wrist and hand problems a short sleeved top is usually fine.
  • If your issue is linked with a sport like running it’s also a great idea to bring along your running trainers, your physio may well get you on our treadmill to help them identify factors that could be contributing to your pain.

Here at go physio we understand it can be a little daunting to get undressed in our clinic rooms so we aim to be as professional as possible and will preserve your modesty with towels when needed. You may prefer to arrive a few minutes early for your appointment and get changed into shorts or strappy tops beforehand.

If you have any cultural or religious reasons for not wanting to remove an item of clothing that’s fine, just let us know and we will do our best to work around it.

You will never be asked to remove your underwear by a physiotherapist.

If you would prefer to be seen by a male or a female physiotherapist let our reception team know when you are booking your first appointment.


goPhysio FAQs: Do I have to see my GP first?

Posted on 26th October 2016 by

Following in our FAQ series, today we address a commonly asked question, do I need to see my GP goPhysio FAQbefore I come to physio? 

The good news is, no, you don’t. You can decide yourself that you’d benefit from physio and just give us a call to make an appointment or book an appointment online.

Having to go to see your GP is a fairly traditional route. More often than not, for a mild to moderate musculoskeletal (MSK) injury, they’ll just advise you rest and take painkillers for 6 weeks anyway. To be referred to NHS physio, you’re likely to still need to see your GP first. However, there is even a move now in GP surgeries to have physiotherapists as the first point of contact for MSK injuries. Given that consultations for MSK conditions make up an estimated 30% of a GP’s caseload, having physiotherapist take over this role is great!

So, if you have a sprain, back pain, sports injury, neck problems, postural issues, muscular or ligament injury – anything affecting your muscles, bones, joints, you can come directly to see us. This saves you precious time and delays in your recovery so you can get back doing what you want to be doing.


goPhysio FAQs: How long will my treatment last?

Posted on 12th October 2016 by

goPhysio FAQHere at goPhysio we understand that coming to see a Physiotherapist may be a bit daunting? Lots of questions may go through your mind before you decide to make an appointment……….“What will they ask me? Will it hurt? Will I have to get undressed? How do I know it’s going to help?”

We aim to provide a very caring, comfortable and professional environment for you to come and get your problem resolved.

To help answer some of the thoughts you may have if you’re unsure about picking up the phone to make an appointment, in this new blog series, we address some of the questions you may want to ask.


How long will my treatment last?

This will be determined by many factors. These can include how severe your problem is, how long you’ve had it, if you’ve developed lots of compensations, what level of activity you want to get back to……

Treatment at goPhysio will start at your first appointment. So, you’ll leave that first session already starting your recovery and armed with lots of knowledge and tools as part of your treatment programme. At this first appointment, your Physio will be able to give you an indication of how many sessions you’re likely to need. The average number of sessions that people need with us at goPhysio is 5 – 6 appointments.

Our treatment sessions are normally half hour appointments, although sometimes we recommend 45 minutes for more complex or multiple problems.

How long your recovery takes will depend on your individual progress, how you respond to treatment and also whether you follow our advice, recommendations and your home programme – all these factors will significantly influence your recovery.

If at any point you aren’t progressing as we’d expect you to or we think physiotherapy isn’t going to help, we will explain this to you and most importantly help you find someone who can. We are able to refer on to Consultants or additional tests such as MRI scans, should we think you need this. We are here to support you however we can, and often this will involve writing a comprehensive letter for you or making some calls – this is all part of our service.


goPhysio FAQs: What questions will I be asked?

Posted on 10th October 2016 by

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Here at goPhysio we understand that coming to see a Physiotherapist may be a bit daunting? Lots of questions may go through your mind before you decide to make an appointment……….“What will they ask me? Will it hurt? Will I have to get undressed? How do I know it’s going to help?”

We aim to provide a very caring, comfortable and professional environment for you to come and get your problem resolved.

To help answer some of the thoughts you may have if you’re unsure about picking up the phone to make an appointment, in this new blog series, we address some of the questions you may want to ask.


What questions will I be asked? 

During your first appointment at goPhysio we will spend a little time sitting with you and asking you some questions. We have to ask some pretty standard questions about your general health, medication etc. just to make sure everything is taken into account.  Most importantly we ask what you enjoy doing that your injury may be stopping you from doing! This gives us something to aim towards and a goal. Whether it’s something simple like putting your shoes on without groaning in agony, or you’re signed up to a marathon next month, it’s your own personal goal that helps us guide your personalised recovery.

Asking about the history of your problem or injury is a crucial part of your first appointment. No one knows more about whats happened than you do. Sometimes there are things that aren’t obvious to you that with careful questioning give your Physio a great clue as to what’s going on. We’re a bit like detectives, gathering all the information, putting it together with what we see and find; in order to give you a diagnosis and recovery plan.

Questions may include:

  • What makes it worse?
  • How is it at night?
  • Is there anything you can do to ease your pain?
  • Sport specific questions related to training frequency, intensity, changes etc.
  • Has anything changed recently like car, bed, footwear, a holiday?
  • What would you like to be able to do that you can’t at the moment?

If you don’t know the answer to any questions you’re asked, it doesn’t matter! There’s no right or wrong answers. Some people find it helpful to have a good think about their injury before their appointment or jot a few things down, so they remember some key important facts. But don’t worry if you don’t.

When your physio looks at your injury, they may ask you further questions guided by what they find.

We aim to make you feel as comfortable as possible during your time with us. You’ll find from reception to treatment room you’ll be made to feel welcomed and relaxed with our caring, professional team.