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ACC TREATMENT SURCHARGE: $30 FOR INITIAL 40’ASSESSMENT & TREATMENT $30 EACH DOUBLE FOLLOW UP 40’TREATMENT $20 EACH FOLLOW UP 20'TREATMENT

PRIVATE TREATMENT: $70 INITIAL 40’ ASSESSMENT & TREATMENT $55 EACH FOLLOW UP TREATMENT.

MANY INSURANCE COMPANIES PAYS TOWARDs PHYSIO DEPENDING ON THE COVER YOU HAVE WITH THEM. RECEIPTS CAN BE ISSUED FOR RE-IMBURSEMENT.

UPPER HUTT PHYSIOTHERAPY How can I arrange an appointment?

We accept referrals from GPs, specialists, and self-referrals. These can be funded privately or by ACC. You can book an appointment in person or via telephone.

Please advise us if your condition was caused by an accident. We will provide you with an ACC form to complete before you see the physiotherapist.

You are welcome to have a friend or family member present during the treatment.

 

UPPER HUTT PHYSIOTHERAPY What happens at my initial assessment?

On arrival your physiotherapist will introduce themselves. The assessment takes 40 minutes and will consist of questions relating to your condition and medical history, followed by a physical examination.

Your physiotherapist will provide you with a diagnosis and treatment plan. You will be asked for your consent to the treatment.

Please wear appropriate clothing.

 

UPPER HUTT PHYSIOTHERAPY What happens at subsequent appointments?

Each appointment may last for 20 – 40 minutes. Your physiotherapist will treat you with the appropriate techniques and will advise you on exercises to manage your condition. An exercise sheet will be provided and you will be continually reassessed to monitor your progress.

 

UPPER HUTT PHYSIOTHERAPY A second opinion can be provided if requested. What if I am unable to attend an appointment?

Please advise us if you are unable to keep an appointment and we can arrange an alternative time.

 

UPPER HUTT PHYSIOTHERAPY What can you expect when you come to your first appointment?

A full assessment of your condition in both history and observation. A discussion re your aims for outcomes of physiotherapy and your involvement in your own rehab. This is a crucial part of physiotherapy; the patient must take responsibility for their own progress too. I can settle the acute issues but the aim is to prevent recurrence, that’s largely your role! Once assessment is complete treatment will commence on Day 1 usually depending on how complex the assessment.

 

UPPER HUTT PHYSIOTHERAPY What should I wear?

Please wear appropriate attire for the area to be treated. Eg. For a shoulder injury often I will need to also assess the neck, upper back and shoulder blade area so these will need to be exposed. For a neck injury I will not only look at the area above the shoulders I need to look at most of the length of the spine. For a hip or knee injury you will need shorts. For a lumbar injury, again the back will need to be exposed as much as possible within dignity reason. Ankle/Achilles/foot injuries, again shorts are beneficial as I often need to look higher up the leg, at least to the knee, for influencing factors.

 

UPPER HUTT PHYSIOTHERAPY What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an ancient therapy, using very thin needles, developed by the Chinese thousands of years ago. It aims to regulate any irregularity in the body performance by looking at the organ related to the problem and getting it to improve in its function. In physiotherapy the organs we mainly deal with are the Liver/Gallbladder as they relate to muscle, tendon and ligament repair, the Spleen/Stomach as they play a major role in inflammation & Kidney/Bladder, as they are commonly involved in back pain.

Of the many things I have studied post grad the significant improvements I have found with acupuncture makes it an invaluable therapy to have in conjunction to physiotherapy. The two compliment each other beautifully.

 

UPPER HUTT PHYSIOTHERAPY How many treatments will I need?

This question can not be answered by any physiotherapist until at least the initial assessment and usually 1st treatment have been completed. It also depends on the client’s compliance to advice/exercise/rehab. I try to get my patients 50% better in 3 treatments and 80% in 4-5, this obviously varies depending on the condition. However I do expect my patients to be showing some positive changes after 1 definitely 2 treatments and if progress plateaus for no reason then I will reassess and possibly refer to GP or another medical professional or for ultrasound/x-rays or further investigations, whatever may be appropriate to that injury.

 

UPPER HUTT PHYSIOTHERAPY Do I need a doctor’s referral?

Changes in ACC in 1999 made it possible for patients to come direct to a physio without going through their doctor. I can file the necessary paperwork with ACC and refer for X-rays/ ultrasounds if necessary. I can not, however, sign you off work or prescribe medication. I will possibly, with your permission, liaise with your doctor whether referred by them or not, if we are not achieving expected progress or I have any concerns needing more of their input. Private patients also do not need a referral and your treatment cost may possibly be covered by your private insurance, if you have any.

 

UPPER HUTT PHYSIOTHERAPY How long after injury should I decide to see a physiotherapist?

If an injury renders you unable to function normally or affects your daily life you need to get it seen ASAP. The longer you think “she’ll be right” the harder it will be potentially to fix it as other compensatory mechanisms plus chronic tissue changes etc may set in. The sooner I can get my hands on your acute injury the better.

 

UPPER HUTT PHYSIOTHERAPY Will it hurt?

The old adage “no pain no gain” is a load of rubbish. While certain conditions need a certain amount of force behind them to deal with them, most don’t. So the answer to this question is mostly, “No”, it won’t hurt. I once had a patient look at me in utter fear when he swung in non-weight bearing on crutches the day after an ankle sprain to book an appointment & I suggested starting work on his ankle immediately. I informed him that with acupuncture, gentle joint mobilisations & magnetic therapy I could make improvements straight away without even having to really touch the ankle. He actually threw his arms around me the next day when he walked in without crutches and only barely limping!

Some patients may experience a slight flare up of pain after the initial assessment but this is a very rare occurrence in my experience is very short lived.

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What We Treat

  • Sports injuries
  • Over use problems / OOS
  • Back and neck pain
  • Joint sprains and strains
  • Headaches
  • Postural dysfunctions
  • General aches and niggles
  • Shin splints/running problems
  • Shoulder tension
  • Tennis elbow
  • Achilles strains / aches
  • Hand Injuries

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