Physiotherapists are healthcare professionals who are experts in the science of movement and body function that enables them to assess, diagnose, treat and prevent injuries based on the best current evidence based methods.
Physiotherapists aim to return the patient to their normal daily activities pain-free as soon as possible. They also aim to make the patient less-reliant on clinician treatment through advice on appropriate modification of harmful activities and independent exercise programs.
Physiotherapists qualifications ensure they are scientifically trained health professionals who have completed a Bachelor of Applied Science in Physiotherapy over four years at university (including hospital based training). The treatment techniques are based on thorough examination of the presenting problem, identification of the cause and contributing factors, and correction of these factors through non-surgical techniques including mobilisation. Post-graduate degrees can be undertaken, including a Masters in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy.
Musculoskeletal Physiotherapists (Masters Degree) have undergone a further two years university study to give them expert training in the treatment and relief of headaches, back, neck & muscle/joint pain. This gives them a higher level of expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of sporting, spinal and general musculoskeletal injuries (including pre-natal patients).
Physiotherapists treat a range of musculoskeletal problems including back and neck pain, headaches, peripheral joint injuries (such as shoulders, arms, hips, knees & ankles), muscle injuries (strains & inflammation) along with sports and occupational injuries. Physiotherapists treat a range of musculoskeletal problems including back and neck pain, headaches, peripheral joint injuries (such as shoulders, arms, hips, knees & ankles), muscle injuries (strains & inflammation) along with sports and occupational injuries. Physiotherapists are currently the leading profession in researching & implementing programs relating to the role of core stabilisation exercises for back and related problems.
Ergonomic assessments, also referred to as workstation assessments, ensure that a worker's workstation is ergonomically designed to minimise the risk of injury and maximise productivity.
Common injuries treated
- Back & neck pain
- Joint sprains
- Arthritic joint pain
- Acute injuries
- Muscle-Tendon strains
- Sports injuries
As first contact practitioners, a doctor’s referral is not necessary to see a physiotherapist. Physiotherapists, doctors and other health professionals will often work as part of a team to plan and manage treatment for a specific condition. Physiotherapists can request specified radiological investigations (Xrays, diagnostic ultrasound scans & MRI). The physiotherapists at Collins Street Physiotherapy have strong professional relationships with many of Melbourne’s top medical specialists who they can arrange for a referral to if required.