Physiotherapy FAQ

What is Physiotherapy?

STM1Physiotherapy involves the assessment, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal and sporting injuries. Physiotherapists at Karrinyup Physiotherapy Centre use hands on treatment techniques to ensure patients achieve maximal expected recovery from an injury in a reasonable time frame.

Treatment techniques include;

  • joint mobilisation/manipulation
  • soft tissue therapy
  • biomechanical and postural re-education
  • sport’s specific exercise rehabilitation
  • functional rehabilitation
  • acupuncture.

Education about the cause of an injury, expected recovery time and how to prevent further injury is an essential component of our treatment plan at Karrinyup Physiotherapy Centre.
Physiotherapy treatment aims to reduce pain and stiffness, improve mobility and reduce risk of re-injury upon return to sport, work and day-to-day activity.

Some commonly treated problems include:

  • neck and upper/lower back pain
  • sports injuries
  • headaches
  • Bladder/bowel disorders*
  • Vestibular disorders/Vertigo*
  • Pelvic pain
  • Pregnancy and post-natal related musculoskeletal pain
  • Musculoskeletal assessments*
  • Work related injuries
  • Motor vehicle accident injuries

*When booking an appointment at Karrinyup Physiotherapy Centre, please let Reception staff know if you require treatment for Vestibular disorders, Continence & Women’s Health or for Musculoskeletal assessments. This will ensure you are booked in with the most appropriate physiotherapist to treat your condition.

Do I require a GP referral for physiotherapy treatment?

No, only the following circumstances require a GP referral for physiotherapy treatment;

  • If the injury is associated with a Workers’ Compensation Claim,
  • Your injury is a result of a Motor Vehicle accident,
  • If you wish to be treated under the Medicare EPC program or
  • If you are covered under Veteran’s Affairs, a referral is valid for 12months.

Can I claim physiotherapy treatment on my Private Health?

Yes, if you have ancillary (Physiotherapy) cover on your Private Health Insurance you should receive a rebate on our Physiotherapy and Pilates services. It is recommended that you check with your individual health fund to find out exactly what you get back as rebates and services covered do vary between insurers and policies.
 
Is Physiotherapy covered by Medicare?

If your GP refers you to Physiotherapy under a Medicare Enhanced Primary Care Program (EPC) then Medicare will cover your treatment. If your injury is appropriate to be treated under an EPC, you may be eligible for up to 5-allied health treatment sessions (i.e. Physiotherapy, Podiatry etc.) per calendar year covered by Medicare.
 
Can I swipe my Private Health Card and claim directly at your clinic?

Yes, we have HICAPS facilities at Karrinyup Physiotherapy Centre for direct private health fund billing.
 
Do your Physiotherapist’s provide a Home Visit service?

In some situations, patients requiring Physiotherapy services are unable to come to the practice. In this case, we will do our best to send a Physiotherapist to the house to provide treatment as required.