• For more information call 671 2122

    Orthopaedic, Sport and Spinal Therapy
    34 Grafton St. corner South Ann St.

  • FAQ

  • Do I need a referral from a Doctor to see a physiotherapist?

    No – you can just make an appointment on your own. However there are times that you may benefit from having a referral. Some insurance schemes require a referral before they will pay for your sessions, and to claim your physiotherapy against tax.   If you have X-ray or MRI results that are relevant to your condition, bring them along – more information is always useful.

    I’m not sure whether I need to see a doctor or physiotherapist?

    This is not necessarily an either/or situation. Sometimes is is better to see both.  If you have pain that is definitely mechanical (ie. related to a specific injury, and changes with movement and position) then you don’t need to see a doctor.   However if it is severe, then the pain medications that your doctor can give you can help your recovery process. In that case it is useful to see your GP as well as a physio.

    If you are getting pain that does not change with activity or position, chest pain, severe night pain or tingling in both legs or arms then you should talk to your doctor first. There are also things that your physio might find that would have them send you to your doctor as well. These are extremely rare.
    If you are really uncertain it is generally better to see your GP, and make an appointment to see the physio after seeing your GP.

    What is the difference between a Physiotherapist and a Physical Therapist?

    See the About Physio page.

    Will I be treated in the first session?

    Almost definitely.  Most of the first session is taken up by determining what we need to do, but we always reserve some time to do something that will start getting you better.  Only if we find that your problem needs to be seen by a doctor would we not do any treatment in the first session.

    How Many Treatments will I need

    How long is a piece of string.  Every individual is different.  This will depend on severity of injury, type of injury, how long it’s been injured, your age, fitness level, how much effort you put in between sessions, and many other factors.  We can usually offer a guesstimate after the first session based on our experience in the past, and will discuss this with you as part of planning your rehab.

    Do you treat children.

    Yes for Orthopaedic problems – Sprains, strains, after fractures, or foot problems.  We don’t do developmental / neurological treatment for children as we don’t have the space or specialised equipment.  For children under 14 we would require a parent at all times.  For 14 – 16 we would need a parent or guardian to attend for the initial session and provide a signed consent to treat, and we would prefer that the parent attend subsequent sessions (but it is not required).

    Does VHI / Irish Life / Laya Cover your services.

    All Chartered Physiotherapists are covered by the insurance companies. Refer to your plan for specific details as it does differ between the companies and plan levels. Usually this is part of your outpatient expenses.