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No need to see your doctor first

No need to see your doctor first

Neck physio tippThe first question many people ringing the clinic for an appointment ask is ‘Do I need to see the doctor first before  attending the physiotherapist’. The answer is no. Chartered Physiotherapists are trained to assess and treat a wide variety of complaints. At Cahir Physiotherapy Clinic we specialise in musculoskeletal complaints. These are injuries and symptoms coming from the muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints and bones. A doctor’s referral is helpful as it usually contains details of medications and past medical history however, it is not necessary.

Physio South Tipp MISCPWhen you come in for your appointment, we will ask you many questions about your symptoms. For example- how long have you had them, or what activities make the symptoms worse? After that we will examine you based on what you’ve told us. Our university training and post-graduate experience will guide us to find what the problem is (a diagnosis) and to begin to fix the problem. At Cahir Physiotherapy Clinic we will always address the underlying causes of the problem too. You will be prescribed exercises to do at home. If there is anything that we hear while listening to you, or see when examining you, that we are unhappy with, we will contact your doctor immediately by phonecall or letter. You’re in safe hands.

I have attended my GP/ Consultant and now need physiotherapy

When you attend for physiotherapy on your doctor’s advice please bring whatever letter/note you received from your doctor. This usually contains information on what the doctor’s diagnosis of your injury is. This helps us, especially in the case of patients who have undergone surgery, for example, surgery following a bone break. In addition, with a doctor’s referral, you can claim 20% of your physiotherapy fees against your income tax in a given year by filling out a Med1 Form.

Injured..? Call the POLICE!

Cahir physio injuryWhat’s the first thing you think of doing when you get injured? Most would say ice the injury, whether it’s a ligament sprain or a pulled muscle or a twisted knee or ankle. The next thing people tend to do is put a bandage over the area to compress it. Should you be doing all this? The simple answer is yes- but there’s a bit more to it than that. The old PRICE regime for new injuries (Protect, Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation ) has been improved with clinical research to become POLICE- Protect, Optimum Loading, Ice, Compression and Elevation.

Protect

A new sprain or strain needs to be protected from further damage- so remove the danger immediately. If you’re on a GAA field or a running track, stop and get to the side of the pitch or track. If you’re out for a run on the roads, get picked up if possible or walk home!

Optimum Loading

Research into ligament sprains and muscle and tendon strains has shown fairly consistently that most injuries benefit from some movement even in the early stages. Complete rest of the injured area is usually reserved for quite severe injuries, like bone fractures or serious joint injuries. Even with those injuries, the joints and muscles away from the injury need movement. For example, with a bad shoulder injury, it is still important to keep the elbow and hand moving, while resting the shoulder. Complete rest of less serious injuries actually slows down the healing process and leads to longer spells out of action.

Ice

Physio Tipp Icing for injuryIce is a traditional treatment for new injuries. It is widely thought that it reduces swelling but actually, the research hasn’t shown that that’s the case. Instead, it probably works to reduce pain by numbing the area and while icing their injury most people are also resting, so that probably plays a part in the apparent swelling reduction effect. Most people would tell you that it feels nice, especially if the injured area is hot. Be careful not to burn the skin with the ice!

Compression

injury taping cahir physioCompression works by actually forcibly preventing fluid from accumulating. It works really well around bony areas like the ankle or knee, but it’s not quite as effective with muscle injuries as there’s more room for the fluid to travel in.

Elevation

Finally, elevation of the injury or raising the injured part higher than the level of the heart will reduce the effect of gravity on blood flow and help the return of fluid caused by the injury.
So, some changes to the ideal post-injury regime recently. Use these tips and you should start to notice changes within a few hours. If not, call us for an appointment.