You may be sent to see us if another health care professional feels that an aspect of your mobility will put you at risk of further injury or if they feel it may have a detrimental effect on your daily activities and general health.
How will my mobility be assessed?
This depends on the problem, for example, some people struggle to turn over in bed. In this instance your physiotherapist would assess your ability to do this task by observing you try by yourself. The physiotherapist would then give you strategies and exercises to help with any specific problems and thereby maintain independence. If your main problem was walking, then your physiotherapist would watch you while you walked and analyse your gait (walking pattern). They would then make recommendations based on what they saw. The same thing goes for balance and strength problems.
Will I have to use any aids such as a walking stick?
Not necessarily. Our aim is to restore the most normal function as safely possible. Ideally we would aim to have you moving without any secondary aid at all, but when this is deemed unsafe, and when the physiotherapist feels you may be at risk, then they will discuss mobility aids with you. This could be walking sticks, crutches, zimmer frames and walkers.
What exercises will I be given?
Again, this very much depends on your individual circumstances. It could include individualised home exercise plans, one to one movement re-education sessions, individualised gym programmes or access to our exercise groups.