What is physio?

Physiotherapists help improve quality of life

Physiotherapists help you get the most out of life. They help you recover from injury, reduce pain and stiffness, increase mobility and prevent further injury. They listen to your needs to tailor a treatment specific to your condition. As first contact practitioners, you don’t need a doctor's referral to see a physiotherapist. Physiotherapists, doctors, and other health professionals will often work as part of a team to plan and manage treatment for a specific condition.

Hiral Patel

Hiral has over 13 years of Musculoskeletal private practice experience in Australia & New Zealand. In 2007, Hiral graduated from the Auckland University of Technology as BHSc(Physiotherapy). She received 2 prestigious awards for her research on ACL rehab, along with the research published in NZ journal of Physiotherapy. Since graduation, Hiral has worked in private practice in Auckland, New Zealand for four years before moving to Adelaide, Australia. Since moving to Adelaide, Hiral has worked for over five years at North East Modbury Medical and Dental Centre. Currently practising at Springbank Medical Centre since last three years and recently Hiral has started additional practice at Churchill Centre Family Practice.

Hiral is also a Mckenzie Method credentialed therapist and very good with mechanical assessment as well as treatment skills. Imagine you had the power to control your pain and the ability to do your work and daily activities. Save time and money with the McKenzie Method. Free yourself from excessive therapy sessions, expensive equipment/testing and most importantly, surgery!

With over 28 000 members, the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) is the peak body representing the interests of Australian physiotherapists and their patients. We are committed to professional excellence and career success for our members, which translates into better patient outcomes and improved health conditions for all Australians. 

The McKenzie Method® of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy® (MDT) is an internationally acclaimed method of assessment and treatment for spinal and extremity pain developed by New Zealand Physiotherapist Robin McKenzie. It has been widely used all over the world for more than 30 years.

MDT clinicians are trained to assess and diagnose all areas of the musculoskeletal system. That means that if a problem exists in or around the spine, joint or muscle, an MDT evaluation may be appropriate.

MDT is a philosophy of active patient involvement and education that is trusted and used by clinicians and patients all over the world for back, neck and extremity problems. This approach continues to be one of the most researched physical therapy based methods available.

A key feature is the initial assessment - a safe and reliable way to reach an accurate diagnosis and only then make the appropriate treatment plan. Expensive tests such as MRI’s are often unnecessary. Certified MDT clinicians are able to rapidly determine whether the method will be effective for each patient.

In its truest sense, MDT is a comprehensive approach based on sound principles and fundamentals that, when fully understood and followed, is very successful.

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