What is Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy is defined by the World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT) as "providing services to individuals and populations to develop, maintain and restore maximum movement and functional ability throughout the lifespan". "This includes providing services in circumstances where movement and function are threatened by ageing, injury, pain, diseases, disorders, conditions or environmental factors. Functional movement is central to what it means to be healthy."

What is Sports Rehabilitation/Athletic Therapy?

Athletic Therapy is the prevention, immediate care and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries by a Certified Athletic Therapist. It involves the assessment of physical function, the treatment of dysfunction caused by pain and/or injury in order to develop, maintain and maximize independence and prevent dysfunction.

Do I need a referral letter for an appointment?

You can refer yourself directly for physiotherapy without the need for a referral letter.

What will happen at my first appointment?

Your Therapist will ask you some general questions regarding your general health, occupation and hobbies and specific questions relating to your symptoms and how they affect your activities of daily living. Following this your therapist will conduct a relevant physical assessment and make a diagnosis from which a specific treatment(s) programme(s) will be established.

How long does an appointment last?

Appointments last between 30 mins and an hour depending on your treatment programme and condition.

I have health insurance, will my appointments be covered?

At Athboy physiotherapy and sports clinic our therapists are recognised by all major health insurance providers. Remuneration for physiotherapy and sports rehabilitation services varies from policy to policy and it is best to check with your insurance provider to establish what level of reimbursement you are entitled to.

All fees are settled at the time of your visit and your receipts can then be submitted to your insurance provider for reimbursement. Reimbursement can also be sought through the Med 1 medical expenses scheme with more information available on the Revenue Services website.