Dublin Physiotherapy Treatment
How do I know if I need Physiotherapy?
If you are suffering from pain or musculoskeletal dysfunction, it is likely that you will require an intervention of some type. Without an assessment from a suitably qualified medical practitioner it is difficult to know the extent of any such injury or dysfunction. Dublin physiotherapy from the Chartered Physiotherapists at PhysioCare treats injuries such as back pain, foot pain, shoulder injuries, neck pain and whiplash, sports injuries and more. Please see our extensive list of injuries and conditions that we treat for for more information.
“I found the family run clinic extremely friendly, helpful and relaxed. Not only did PhysioCare help me immensely, I now have a rehab programme and no longer need to attend on a regular basis.” – James, Terenure (Physiotherapy Patient)
What is Physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy treatment is used to reduce your pain and correct any dysfunction or injury that you may have. Most importantly our goal is also to reduce and if possible eliminate any chance of chronicity or recurrence of your injury and as such maximise the patient outcome. There is no one-size fits all treatment as we understand that every patient has unique and different needs depending on their injury or condition. For example, your treatment may include Acupuncture/Dry Needling, Massage Therapy or Manipulative Physiotherapy. Your treatment will be discussed with you and explained in advance as part of your treatment plan. Chartered Physiotherapists are university trained graduates. All Chartered Physiotherapists have undergone at least one thousand hours of undergraduate training and as part of the criteria to work at PhysioCare, they must also have extensive postgraduate training in manual therapy and exercise therapy. The regulatory body in Ireland is known as the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists (ISCP) and it is imperative that you ensure that your physiotherapist is a member of this body or ‘Chartered’ as the word and title of ‘Physiotherapist’ is unfortunately not protected in Ireland. There are many practitioners in Ireland who claim to be physiotherapists so ensure that yours is Chartered. If you are confused as to who you should see, just ask your GP. Please note however that you do not need a GP referral to be treated by our team of Chartered Physiotherapists at PhysioCare.
Do I need to be referred by my Doctor / GP or Consultant?
No referral is necessary to see a Chartered Physiotherapist. However, when required we will contact your GP and/or Consultant to update them with your condition and progress. Your options will be discussed with you during your initial treatment session.
When can I get an appointment and how long do they last for?
Across our five clinics we offer physiotherapy appointments from Monday – Friday 8am – 8pm and on Saturday from 8am – 4pm. Please click here to view our clinic opening hours. Most appointments last for thirty minutes. However this can vary depending on the extent of your problem and your particular needs. There is no one size fits all approach at PhysioCare, we have different appointment types and lengths to suit patients on a case-by-case basis if needs be. Home Visits are available when necessary. We currently run a service with a dedicated team that facilitates this. Please click here for more information on our Home Visit service or contact your local PhysioCare clinic to arrange an appointment.
Do I need to bring anything to my appointment?
On initial examination, it is helpful to bring any scans related to your problem, a list of your current medications and if you have been referred from your GP / Consultant, your referral letter. Comfortable clothing is also advised as you may be asked to remove items of clothing to fully assess your problem. If you are coming in for an assessment for Orthotics, it is very worthwhile to bring several pairs of your footwear with you.
Will I have to do anything in between physiotherapy sessions?
In the majority of cases, yes. Most conditions will require you to do certain exercises or you may require a short rest period. You will be given prescribed exercises that you can complete at home on your first appointment. These will be demonstrated by your physiotherapist, given to you on handouts and you can also view them in video form with step-by-step instructions. These will be progressed as is required. Remember, the more diligent you are with the advice given by your physiotherapist the more likely it is that you will make a speedy recovery.
How many sessions will I require?
On initial assessment, your physiotherapist will give you a rough guide as to how long your treatment is likely to take based on what you present with and what they find from treating you. In some cases it can be difficult to determine how long certain conditions can take to get better. Progress would be expected after two to three sessions. Don’t be afraid to ask your physiotherapist at any stage if you are uncertain of anything. You will be reassessed at the beginning of each session which will give you and your physiotherapist a good indication of your progress.
Can I claim back from my Health Insurer / Tax?
In most cases you can claim back from your health insurer. We strongly advise that you consult with your health insurer to clarify your exact level of cover. Remember you can also claim back through your tax. There is no excess due for this and you can claim back 20% of your costs after you have claimed through your health provider. This can be done by completing a Med 1 form through Revenue.