A : Physiotherapy is a method of assesment and treatment, used to help with the pain relief, healing and rehabilitation of most medical and surgical conditions. It is appropriate for a range of muscle, joint and nerve conditions whether resulting from injury, illness or disability. Physiotherapists use a range of physical movements and hands-on techniques. In addition to a range of manual treatments, they will also advise you on changes to lifestyle and ways you can reduce further muscle and joint problems with exercise programs and methods to cope with chronic conditions.
In some cases after assesment, physiotherapists may recommend you are seen by other specialists, for example orthopaedic surgeons, pain specialists or rheumatologists. This would normally be done by referral back through your GP with a letter form the Physiotherapist giving their professional prognosis.