Specialist Physiotherapy at Body Logic Physiotherapy
Body Logic Physiotherapy, as a Specialist Physiotherapy Clinic, has a number of specialist physiotherapists in the areas of musculoskeletal physiotherapy, sports physiotherapy, and pelvic health. Our Specialists are industry leaders and are also involved in University research and education.
What is a specialist physiotherapist?
Specialist Physiotherapists have received the highest level of physiotherapy clinical training in Australia. The specialisation process is rigorous, ensuring that only the most skilled clinicians hold the Specialist title. To be eligible to enter the specialisation program, physiotherapists need to have completed post graduate qualifications and have worked clinically for a number of years in advance practice. In addition, they need to demonstrate that they have been involved in education, research and mentoring of other clinicians. Physiotherapy Specialisation is a 2.5 year mentoring program. If you would like to know about the process, see the section ‘What is the process to become a specialist?’ at the end of this document.
Who would benefit from seeing a specialist physiotherapist?
- If you have a pain or pelvic health problem that you don’t understand and is limiting your ability to do the things in life you value.
- If you feel like you’ve seen everyone, tried everything, and are still bothered or disabled by your problem.
- If you would like to get answers and gain an understanding of how best to manage your problem.
- If you would like a second opinion before making a decision on invasive procedures (such as surgery or injections).
- If your insurance company or treating clinician would like a second opinion on your treatment.
What is the role of a specialist physiotherapist?
With advanced skills in assessment and management, specialist physiotherapists are able to do an in-depth assessment of complex conditions and provide a diagnosis with an explanation of all contributing factors.
Based on this they will be able to provide you with a clear understanding of what your problem is and provide guidance in how to best manage it.
They will also screen you to ensure the symptoms are not caused by serious health problems.
Our Specialist Physiotherapists provide 3 main services:
1. Advanced assessment and treatment of complex clinical problems.
Initial appointments with Specialist physiotherapists at Body Logic Physiotherapy are 60 minutes. This ensures adequate time to listen to your story, and provide a thorough assessment.
We will explain to you in simple language the outcomes of this detailed assessment, and discuss the best treatments options available to you:
- Provide you with an estimate of time frames in regards to recovery and what management you will benefit from.
- We also provide you with information and education about what you can do to help yourself on your road to recovery. This often requires an active engagement from you to take control of your health condition.
- Communication with other health professionals involved in your care.
- We also work directly with others in your care team (ie. treating physiotherapist or exercise physiologist). They are also welcome to attend the session to facilitate communication.
- In some cases, Physiotherapy might not be indicated and you need to be referred for alternative treatment. We will communicate with your healthcare team and guide you in this process.
Examples of complex conditions include:
- chronic pain
- chronic low back
- chronic neck pain
- chronic pelvic pain
- chronic tendon pain
- chronic joint related pain
- nerve pain
- widespread pain
- complex regional pain syndrome(CRPS)
- chronic fatigue
- complex bladder and bowel problems
- pelvic organ prolapse
2. Insurance reviews and second opinions
This can be requested by insurance companies, medical specialists/surgeons, and other Allied Health Professionals such as Clinical Psychologists and Occupational Therapists. Importantly, this service can also be requested by you if you would like a second opinion on your management.
This service will provide you with a diagnosis, a clear understanding of contributing factors, management plan and communication with other healthcare professionals involved in your care by writing a report to provide them with clear guidelines of optimal treatment for your problem.
3. Mentoring and education of Physiotherapists
Leadership and mentoring within Body Logic physiotherapy
Several specialist physiotherapists at Body Logic Physiotherapy are actively involved with clinical research of complex problems such as low back pain, osteoarthritis, pelvic pain, incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. This expertise and knowledge is shared with all the physiotherapists at Body Logic on a regular basis.
At Body Logic Physiotherapy, our physiotherapy team work collaboratively to help you achieve the best outcome.
This might mean you have an initial assessment by a Specialist Physiotherapist and after the assessment and treatment planning, your treatment is managed by one of the other Physiotherapists in our team best suited to help you.
Alternatively, your treating Physiotherapist may seek a second opinion by one of our Specialist Physiotherapists.
Leadership and mentoring outside Body Logic Physiotherapy
- Our specialists are all members of The Australian Physiotherapy Association and Fellows of the Australian College of Physiotherapists. They serve on a variety of committees and are part of groups that advocate, educate and assist other physiotherapist and healthcare professionals with training and guidance to provide optimal care to people that are struggling with pain and disability
- They provide clinical education to other physiotherapy practices via in-service education.
- They provide clinical workshops for health care practitioners.
- They provide mentorship to candidates across Australia that are enrolled in the specialisation training program.
Should you have any questions about this service, please contact our friendly receptionist and they will be able to help. Otherwise, ask to speak to one of our Specialist physiotherapists.
What is the process to become a specialist?
1. Development of advanced specialist skills in an area of expertise
– this includes skills in communication, assessment and treatment/management.
- Over the period of the program, candidates perform a series of clinical consultations with patients with complex health conditions in front of a group of Specialist examiners. This rigorous process provides valuable feedback enabling the candidate to develop and advance their diagnostic and treatment skills.
- Candidates observe specialist physiotherapists and other medical specialist working with patients with complex conditions.
2. Participation in education to physiotherapists and other healthcare practitioners
- Knowledge translation is a very important component of specialisation. Specialist physiotherapists need to develop excellent communication skills both with patients and other healthcare professions in order to bridge the gap between research and practice.
3. Advanced professional development
- During the specialisation program candidates attend conferences, workshops and clinical courses to further their skills.
4. Involvement in clinical research
- Being involved in research project improves the physiotherapist’s critical appraisal of research and advanced critical thinking.
- During the specialisation process, candidates write and publish clinical case studies which are reviewed by specialists across Australia.
- Involvement in clinical research is a requirement during the training process.
5. Rigorous examination
- At the end of the training program, the candidate undergoes rigorous clinical and oral examinations over two days.