If you have an upcoming appointment at a physiotherapy clinic, then you may assume you don't need to do anything more than simply turn up on time. However, there are a few things you can do before your appointment that can make things go more smoothly. What are they?
1. Write Down a Problem History
While you may know why you need physiotherapy and what your physical problems and symptoms are, it's not always easy to get everything across during your appointment. You may get distracted by unexpected questions and forget to tell the physiotherapist everything they need to know.
It helps to write down everything you can about your problems before the appointment. For example, this could include the following:
- The reason why you need to see the physiotherapist — for example, if you had an accident, then jot down details of what happened and when.
- Physical symptoms and difficulties you now have that you didn't have before.
- A list of activities that make your pain or discomfort worse or better.
If you make a list, then you can use it to jog your memory and make sure you cover all the key points.
2. Make a Key Medical History List
While your physiotherapist may not need to know your complete medical history, they will find it useful to know some things. For example, if you've had x-rays or scans on the problem you're having treated, then take copies along if you have them. The physiotherapist will find it useful to see these images.
It's also a good idea to list any medications you've been taking to manage your current pain. These may be over-the-counter tablets like anti-inflammatories or medications prescribed by your GP.
If you're taking any other regular medications, then list these too. Your physiotherapist may need to know if you are taking other medicines even if they aren't related to your current problem.
3. Think About What You Wear
You're probably going to have to remove some of your clothing during your appointment so that the physiotherapist can examine you and assess your movement. It'll be a lot easier for you if you avoid wearing clothes that are hard to get off and on again.
For example, if you have a problem with one of your legs, then wearing tight jeans isn't the best idea. It's far easier to take off a pair of loose leggings, trousers or even shorts.
To find out more about anything you might need to do before your first physiotherapy appointment, contact the clinic and ask for advice.