WHAT IS A PHYSIOTHERAPY SPECIALIST?
The title Physiotherapy Specialist is awarded by the Physiotherapy Board of New Zealand to physiotherapists who have proven they are working at an advanced expert level. This is a challenging and time consuming achievement that is only granted after a rigorous assessment process. Specialists must demonstrate advanced clinical skills and knowledge, contribution to the profession through leadership in their chosen field and have an on-going involvement in research.
This has since resulted in an additional contact with ACC that allows us as Specialists to review your case and determine what direction of treatment the rehab would be most effective going forward. If you have a current physiotherapist we then report back to this therapist with our opinions regarding future treatment direction. Further reviews are available with the specialist to assess your progress as appropriate.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM YOUR SPECIALIST APPOINTMENT?
Your initial consultation will be 1 hour in duration and if you require a follow-up this will be 30 minutes. Please arrive at least 10 minutes prior to your consultation as you will be required to fill out a questionnaire about your condition and how it affects your life (unless your receive and complete the questionnaire prior to the appointment.
Your examination will include both a history of your condition, limitations and goals and then a thorough examination which may included strength testing, bio-mechanical assessment and running analysis dependent on your injury and sport/exercise. A discussion post assessment will summarise all findings, a full plan with regards to helping your achieve your goals and return to the sport/exercise you love and also gives you a chance to ask any questions or voice any concerns you may have. Where appropriate further imaging or onward referral may be required and this will be completed after your appointment.
Please bring appropriate sports clothing for the examination and running shoes if you run regularly or are keen to get back to running.
WHAT IF I HAVE BEEN REFERRED BY SOMEONE ELSE?
If you have been referred by another health professional the referrer will be sent a full report after the assessment. If follow-up appointments are required they will also be sent updated reports. If you physiotherapist referred you for your review they are welcome to attend this appointment with you also.
WHAT IS THE COST OF A SPECIALIST APPOINTMENT?
If you have a current ACC claim there is no cost to you the patient as Specialist appointments are fully funded by ACC. If you do not have an ACC appointment and require a Specialist appointment please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Second opinion consultations on diagnosis or management for other physiotherapists
Referrals from GPs and medical specialists for second opinions, specialist rehabilitations, or lack of expected achievement of post operative benchmarks
Diagnosis, including referral for diagnostic imaging as required
Specialist treatment and rehabilitation for sports injuries
Referral to other health professionals or medical specialists as required