When should you see a Physio instead of a GP?

January 04, 2023

With winter pressures increasing and your GPs being booked up to the hilt with chest infections, coughs, and colds (as well as all of the usual problems) it can be difficult to get an appointment. Often your back or shoulder pain might not be reviewed for a few weeks, by which time it may have become even more painful; something easy to fix might now take more time to get back on the right track.  However, a Physio could help and allow you to get back on your feet more quickly.

Physiotherapists are independent practitioners, meaning that they are trained to assess, diagnose and then manage and advise on musculoskeletal (muscle, bone, joint or ligament) problems (alongside respiratory, neurological, and other complex conditions).  Physios are also movement specialists, so able to pick up on any issues that might put you more at risk of injuries.  The biggest single risk of a new injury is previous injuries.

Physios are not only able to help with new or sporting injuries but are also happy to help with the management of long-term conditions.  Headaches, back pain, foot pain, and everything in between is part of our everyday service.

Did you know that 1 in 5 adults in the U.K. call their GP about osteoarthritis every year? Did you also know that research has shown Physiotherapy and exercise to be one of the best ways to manage the symptoms?  It can even help with managing osteoporosis.

It is important to remember that your GP is called your General Practitioner for a reason. They are usually your first point of call for your medical needs and onward referrals.  Although a Physio may be able to help with your problems, at Hatt’s, we make sure that your GP is aware of any issues we may find by writing them a letter to let them know if their help or input is also required (this will be discussed with you during your sessions).  If you feel unwell, it is still important that you see your GP.

At Hatt’s, our main focus is on musculoskeletal health and well-being.  We have a large team of Physiotherapists, Podiatrists and Manual Therapists to help manage your initial injury and pain. We also have our Rehab, Strength and Movement and Pilates instructors to help get you back to your full strength and the things that you love and enjoy doing.

If you have aches, pains, or a new injury, a Physio might be the best option for you – feel free to call us or have a look at our website, to see if we can help.

You shouldn’t have to live with pain, there is often more than one way to help.  If you’d like to book with a member of our team, please call us on 01380 730473.