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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. What is a physiotherapist?

Physiotherapists are specialists that help people that are affected by illness, disability or injury through movement and exercise. The treatments include manual therapy, education and advice.
By maintaining health for everyone, they facilitate the recovery of people so that they may become independent.

2. Why should you consult a physiotherapist?

Physiotherapists are qualified professionals. They went through a degree in the specific profession and applied treatment using their knowledge and skills to improve and heal physical conditions.
Conditions that affect the body are:

  • Neurological – stroke, Parkinson’s
  • Neuromusculoskeletal – back pain, sports injuries and arthritis
  • Cardiovascular – rehabilitation following a heart attack
  • Respiratory – asthma related issues, cystic fibrosis

3. What are the different types of specialisations?

There are many different types of pysiotherpay specialities including:

  • Orthopaedic Physiotherapist – managing the issues of the musculoskeletal system. They help with recovery after orthopaedic surgery. This type of physiotherapist are prevalent and they work on post-op mobility, sports injuries and arthritis.
  • Geriatric Physiotherapist – helping physical issues that happen with normal human ageing. Diseases such as arthritis, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, osteoporosis, hip and joint replacement issues. They help in reducing pain and increase fitness in older patients.
  • Neurological Physiotherapist – assisting with patients that have neurological disorders or disease such as Alzheimer’s disease, ALS, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and stroke. Neurological issues include vision impairment, poor balance and loss of independence.
  • Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation – this helps with patient endurance and functional independence and is suited to those who have gone through surgery.
  • Pediatric physiotherapist – assisting in healing, diagnosis and treatments of infants, children and adolescents.

4. How much do physiotherapists in Dubai charge?

Depending on your insurance provider, you may be able to claim some of the costs for a physiotherapist appointment. The costs for a consultation is between AED 100 - 500. Make sure you find out the treatment you are going through with your physiotherapist for a detailed cost breakdown.

5. What are the common techniques used?

Some techniques that physiotherapists use are:

  • Joint mobilisation
  • Joint manipulation
  • Muscle stretching
  • Massage
  • Physiotherapy Instrumente Mobilisation (PIM)
  • Taping
  • Acupuncture
  • Physiotherapy exercises
  • Biomechanical analysis

6. What to expect during a visit?

Always come early to an appointment, expect to fill some paperwork. Remember to wear loose clothing as this will involve physical tests. There will be some diagnosis in regards to the physical pain. After several tests, the physiotherapists will advise you on the diagnosis and treatment plans available.

7. Do I need to visit the physiotherapist more than once?

Yes, you need to visit more than once, after the initial diagnosis, healing and treatment plans require you to visit the physiotherapist more than once to check on progress and see improvement.

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