PAM Wellbeing are ultimately here to care for you and to help you get better. One of our experienced physiotherapists will be there to guide you through your therapy with the aim of getting you back to full fitness as quickly as possible.
Your first appointment
PAM Wellbeing Initial Assessment appointments can take up to 60 minutes – depending on how complex your injury and medical history is. You may need to undress to allow the Physio to see the affected body part – you may want to bring a pair of shorts along to change into if you have a lower back or leg problem.
In the first session, your PAM Wellbeing Physio will:
- Take a detailed history of the problem
- Conduct a physical examination of your back
- Explain to help you to understand your symptoms and why you may be experiencing your pain
- Provide an initial treatment and plan for recovery
Once they have established the diagnosis, they will then discuss the different options with you to establish a treatment plan that you are both happy with. If you need further tests (scans, x-rays or a consultant opinion, for example) then they will also recommend and discuss these with you. It is only in the very minor number of cases further investigation is necessary, as in the vast majority of patients further investigation is unwarranted. Studies have shown that most things identified on an MRI are completely unrelated to back pain and are commonly occurring in the pain free population. If it is appropriate, you will also receive treatment in your first session, allowing you to start your recovery immediately.
As well as giving specific advice, your therapist has an array of treatment techniques which they may use to assist you including:
- Manual therapy techniques such as massage, mobilisations and stretches
- Postural, lifestyle and ergonomic advice
- Acupuncture or electrotherapy
Your PAM Wellbeing therapist has an array of treatment techniques at their disposal to help assist you along that road to recovery. The aim is to help reduce any stiffness or rigidity and to improve the fluidity in how you move – getting you back doing the stuff that you want to do!
However the therapist at some stage will definitely use the most powerful weapon at his disposal which is…. Exercise! A sedentary office working life can cause a whole host of postural related ailments but through exercise your symptoms should hopefully start to resolve. In contrast someone who is very active could develop sports related low back pain. Therefore it is essential that any exercises are tailored to the individual’s needs and are appropriate for the stage
of healing or recovery. They may involve just simple movement exercises or stretches to a conditioning programme
for the trunk and back.
Throughout this process you will hopefully learn about your body and how to manage it, to know what postures and exercises are most comfortable and ultimately how to help prevent further problems occurring.
Some individuals may benefit from other forms of treatment or management to help ensure a good recovery. With today’s busy lifestyles sometimes even just the pace of life will result in considerable stresses on the body and mind. Our physiotherapists can help discuss various options with you and if the need arises can refer you onto other specialised therapists.