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3 Ways to Maximize Your First Online Physiotherapy Consultation – Our Guide

Although it is still a relatively new concept in the world of medicine, online physiotherapy has quickly become an essential alternative for any patient dealing with a physical injury.


From ACL rehabilitation to fractures, the advent of online consultations has made way for a more convenient and effective approach towards providing care. If you have an area of concern that needs to be treated right away, then it’s safe to say that a simple search, email, and call will suffice in getting the help your injury needs.


Now, if you haven’t had this particular treatment option before, it is important to note that some preparation can go a long way in making sure that you’ll be able to maximise the experience. Before you schedule an online physiotherapy consultation appointment and attend it, we will share with you three ways you prepare yourself for your first online physiotherapy consultation: 


1. Expect to have the same experience as you would with an in-person session


To the uninitiated, the idea of attending an online consultation session can seem like a completely unknown experience. The truth, however, is that it works the same way as a traditional consultation would. When you jump right into the consultation, the entire process will begin with your assigned physiotherapist asking a specific set of questions about your injury so that they can assess it properly. 


In terms of the actual physical examination, you will have to get involved in the process by moving specific body parts as requested and describing sensations that come with each movement. This specific part of the session is carried out to assess both the flexibility and range of motion of the concerned area. 


With the help of the findings that they’ve uncovered with the help of your cooperation and the answers you’ve provided, the physiotherapist can diagnose your situation and provide a treatment plan for you.

2. Don’t be afraid to ask questions


Similar to an in-person appointment, an online consultation provides you with the opportunity to ask questions to your heart’s content. If this is your first time dealing with the very condition that you’re seeking online assistance for, then it will be a good idea to write down a list of questions and feel free to inquire about important details during your session. This same idea applies to every consultation after that! 


3. Set aside an ample amount of time and choose an appropriate environment


When you schedule an online consultation with a physiotherapy provider, it is important to ensure that both the timeslot you’ve chosen and the environment you will have the call-in is suitable for progress. 


It may seem like a no-brainer at first, but many first-time patients end up cutting themselves short of a full and quick recovery because they couldn’t hear key details over the barking of dogs or shouting from their kids. Once you’ve finally set the date for the physiotherapy consultation, choose the quietest place in your home and make sure that you have enough time in case the session extends a bit! 



Thanks to the advent of technology, getting the right physiotherapy treatment for an injury is far more convenient than ever, even more so when you sign up for an online physiotherapy consultation. By taking note of the tips mentioned above and sticking to them before, during, and after your session, you can effectively treat your current problem and maximise the expertise of your assigned physiotherapist!


Looking to seek help for your current injury right from the comforts of your own home or office? Our Brisbane’s most caring team of physiotherapists can help you with that. Schedule a free initial 15-minute physiotherapy consultation with us today!

Alan Wan

Alan Wan is the owner and principal physiotherapist at Anytime Physio. He completed his Bachelor of Physiotherapy with First Class Honours at the University of Queensland and has diverse range of experience treating sports injuries and painful conditions in the private clinic setting. He is currently enrolled as a PhD Candidate at the University of Queensland and RECOVER Injury Research Centre where his research focuses on complex spinal pain. In his clinical work, Alan has a special interest in treating chronic headaches and migraines as well as temporomandibular disorders (TMD). As one of Australia's leading physiotherapists in the field of rock climbing injuries, Alan and his wife, Joy, have a passion for assessing and treating injuries resulting from climbing. This includes finger pulley injuries, wrist pain, shoulder pain and knee pain. As a clinical leader at Anytime Physio, Alan is heavily involved in the teaching, training and mentoring of physiotherapists and podiatrists at the clinic. He enjoys sharing his clinical experience with other clinicians.

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