What To Expect
We deliver a home visit physiotherapy service, based in Lichfield and serving anywhere within a 25 minute drive including Sutton Coldfield, Tamworth, Rugeley, Cannock and Walsall. This page gives information about what physiotherapy patients can expect when having a session with one of our physiotherapists.
The Assessment & Treatment Session
After booking an appointment a physiotherapist will visit you in your home, nursing home, place of work or even gym.
The physiotherapist will come equipped with any equipment needed including a plinth (portable massage table/bed)
You will need a private area in which your situation can be discussed and the plinth/table can be set up.(Most living rooms are easily adequate for this)
If your problem is of a musculoskeletal nature (e.g. back pain or a sports injury) then an initial assessment session is 45 minutes long (with follow up physiotherapy sessions 30 minutes) and consists of a subjective assessment, physical assessment, diagnosis and treatment. If you have a neurological condition such as Multiple Sclerosis, are recovering from a joint replacement or need help with recovering mobility then each physiotherapy session (including the initial assessment) is 1hr long.
Subjective Assessment – This is a detailed discussion of your condition and medical history and is necessary to make sure that your physiotherapist has a full and clear picture of what the problem is and how you can best be helped.
Physical Assessment – This will consist of a full biomechanical assessment, looking at posture, alignment, strength and neurological issues.
Diagnosis – Your physiotherapist will then give a clear diagnosis and explanation of the treatment plan – please feel free to ask questions – it is important to us that you understand your condition/injury and how it can be best treated.
Treatment – If your have a musculoskeletal problem then this should take approximately 15 – 20 minutes after which treatment will begin – this may involve deep tissue massage, stretching, joint mobilisation or spinal manipulation. If your have a neurological condition e.g. recovering from a stroke, or need help with mobility then treatment takes the form of assisted exercises and the development of a detailed and personalised exercise programme.
Hands on Assessment & Clothing: Please be aware that in order to assess posture , alignment, body positioning and strength your physiotherapist will need to place their hands on you in the relevant areas. Here at ThreeSpires Physiotherapy we understand that this can be difficult for some clients. If at any stage you feel uncomfortable please let your therapist know and they will change their treatment approach. Furthermore you will need to wear clothing that allows your therapist to see as much of the affected area as possible. For the lower limbs wear shorts, for back problems your physiotherapist may need you to remove your top.
Exercises and Self-management - At the end of the session your physiotherapist will explain how you can self-manage your condition/injury, give detailed exercises and book any further sessions required.
Follow-Up Sessions: How many further treatment sessions you will require will depend upon the nature of your condition and your physiotherapist will discuss this with you.
Onward Referral – Sometimes patients require referral on to other medical professionals such as GPs as their condition will not benefit from physiotherapy – in this case this your physiotherapist will explain the reasons for this and will (with your permission) send a letter explaining the results of the assessment to your GP.
So if you think you or someone you know might benefit from physiotherapy at home please get in touch. We are based in Lichfield and provide physiotherapy at home anywhere within a 25 minute drive including areas such as Sutton Coldfield, Tamworth, Rugeley, Cannock and Walsall. We offer a wide range of services including neurological physiotherapy, post-operative rehabilitation, help with improving mobility and paediatric physiotherapy.