Physiotherapy Adelaide

Why should you see a physiotherapist?

Physiotherapists are specialists in helping to relieve pain and manage injuries. 
All of the following conditions can be treated by a physiotherapist:

  • Sports injuries

  • Neck pain

  • Back and shoulder pain

  • Headaches, migraines and whiplash

  • Knee, hip and ankle pain

  • Elbow, hand and wrist pain

  • Arthritis

  • Joint and soft tissue injuries (muscle, ligament & tendon problems)

  • Work Related Injury


What should you expect?

Your physiotherapist will work with you to set goals which will help map out a path for rehabilitation of pain and injuries. You can expect a thorough examination of your presenting problem, treatment in your first session and advice on how you can help to manage your own condition. The goal of the therapist is to help you gain relief from your problem as soon as possible along with the consideration of preventing future recurrences.

What sort of treatment do physiotherapists use?

The following are common treatment methods physiotherapists may use:

  • Exercise programs to improve mobility, flexibility and strength of muscles

  • Joint mobilisation and manipulation to reduce pain and stiffness

  • Muscle re-education/re-training to improve control

  • Soft tissue mobilisation (massage)

  • Dry needling

  • Hydrotherapy

  • Taping and bracing of injuries

  • Advice regarding hot and cold therapies

  • Assistance with use of aids, splints, crutches, walking sticks and wheelchairs

  • Breathing exercises and airway clearance techniques


What should you wear?

Sometimes it may be necessary to examine you in your underwear so you should wear clothing you are comfortable in and allows for easy movement. This is important for the therapist to be able to see and feel the skin, muscles, bones and joints to assess them comprehensively.


Do you need a GP referral?

Physiotherapists are first contact practitioners, which means you do not need a referral to see them.  Referrals are only necessary when you are attending as a D.V.A (department of veteran affairs), WorkCover or MVA (motor vehicle accident) patient, or are qualifying for treatment under the medicare CDM (chronic disease management) system. Physiotherapists will often work together with doctors, chiropractic’s and other health professionals to plan and manage treatment for your specific condition.


“All Australians will have access to quality physiotherapy, when and where required, to optimise health and well-being” (APA vision)



1. Australian Physiotherapy Association 2008, ‘APA Code of Conduct’, viewed on August 14th 2013, <>