Yes. Sam has been trained to the highest standard and is fully registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the Chartered society of Physiotherapy (CSP). This means that he has to maintain up to date medical practice and maintain a portfolio to prove this. He is fully insured through the CSP and he is currently completing an MSc in Sports Physiotherapy to add to his Physiotherapy BSc qualification. He has been specialising in musculoskeletal physiotherapy for a number of years now.
This varies enourmously from patient to patient and injury to injury. Our aim as physiotherapists is to try and alleviate your symptoms as quickly as possible. Depending on the injury, the effects of treatment in the first session can vary. As you will have a full and thorough assessment and under go “provocative” tests to fully establish a diagnosis, it is possible that you may feel a little sore afterwards. Don’t worry about this though, it is a very normal reaction to having an assessment. Most of the time you will gain an improvement in at least one way i.e. increased movement, less pain, easier to move and frequently it will be in multiple ways. Most people notice significant gains by the 3rd or 4th treatment sessions, but again this is a guide and varies depending on the type of injury.
Sam will give you a comprehensive list of advice and self management techniques you can utilise between sessions. This will largely consist on advice regarding the use of heat and ice, exercises and activity modification. In certain circumstances it may be advantageous to use taping to help modify symptoms and Sam will be able to teach you any techniques that may be of use.
There are no commitment obligations when you start your therapy with Physio PRO. Once you have completed your assessment and Sam has discussed your treatment plan with you, you can decide what you would like to do from there. Nearly all conditions seen require multiple treatments to fully treat and rehabilitate you back to full fitness. However, every patient and every condition is assessed and judged on its presentation. Based on this Sam may suggest that follow up treatment sessions are recommended, but ultimately you have the final say in things as it is your health and you need to be feel comfortable with your decisions. Sam’s role is to advise you on your condition and what is the most effective way to get you back to where you want to be.
Sam is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. This is a regulatory body that monitors the standards of registered professionals to ensure excellent quality of care to patients. The aim of the HCPC is to protect the public by ensuring that all its members meet the standards set to allow for proper and correct practice. These are monitored through training, professional skills, behaviour and health.
In order to fully assess and treat you it is important that your therapist can get to the affected site. For any lower limb injury (anything from the lower back down) we request that you have a pair of shorts to wear. For back, neck and shoulder problems you may be required to remove some clothing and so you may wish to wear a strappy top/vest. Sam will always be mindful and considerate of your dignity, and you won’t be asked to do anything you don’t wish to do.
In cases where you need the physio to come to you, Sam will endeavour to travel to see you to accommodate this. The costings of home visits are based on a total of 60 minutes of travelling. If extended travel is warranted there may be an increase in the travel costs attached to your fee, but these will be discussed at the time of booking the appointment.