Frequently Asked Questions

What should I expect from my first session?

Your first session will consist of a full assessment. This is made up of a subjective assessment followed by an objective assessment. The subjective assessment involves a general discussion surrounding your presenting condition, as well as a full past medical history, medications that you are currently taking and your social history, such as whether you are currently employed and any hobbies you undertake. All this is could be relevant to your presenting condition, treatment course and goals, for example if you are currently signed off due to your condition then this would have a greater impact on you and one of your goals could be returning you to a fit state so that you can return to work. Your type of work could also impact on your presenting condition, whether your work is manual or sedentary.

Following the subjective assessment is the objective, or the physical assessment. This is where I look at your condition, your range of movement, strength and will also involve some hands on assessments, with some special tests. All this will depend on your level of pain. I shall then discuss with you what I have found and then possible treatments. We will then decide together on your treatment course and your goals.

If I do not think that physiotherapy is appropriate for you then I shall inform you and we can discuss your possible options.

All of the information will be treated in the strictest confidence.

What shall I wear?

Wear something that you feel comfortable in.

During the initial assessment I may have to look and feel around your specific problem, as well as above and below therefore you may need to undress to a suitable level. For example if you problem is around your legs then shorts would be appropriate, if is your arms then a vest top, for your back then your whole spine will need to be accessed. This can be discussed further if required.

Do I have to be referred?

No. Your GP can refer you to physiotherapy. But if you feel that physiotherapy is appropriate for you then the quickest way is to refer yourself. If you are unsure as to whether physiotherapy is appropriate for your current condition then please feel free to call and discuss your symptoms on 07793 026027.

How many sessions will I need?

This varies widely depending on the condition and the cause of your condition. Also whether is it a new problem (acute) or a long standing problem (chronic). As a general rule acute problems required fewer treatment sessions than chronic problems. I firmly believe that if your symptoms do not show any signs of improvement within three to four sessions, your management plan will need to be reassessed. I strongly uphold ethical and professional practice and do not believe in continuing with treatment unless it is benefiting you! If you feel that you need further investigations, I will also do my best to refer you to an appropriate specialist within the area.

How do I pay?

Payment can be through cheque or cash at the end of each treatment session. Cheques to be made payable to MH Physio.

If you have any questions or would like to book an appointment then please email us at info@hemelhempsteadphysio.co.uk or call us on 01442 380294 or 07793 026027.

Michelle Hood

MH Physio is run by me, Michelle Hood. I have a broad range of experience from treating general musculoskeletal conditions, to rehabilitation after surgery, fractures and neurological conditions.
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Conditions I Treat
  • Sports Injuries
  • Whiplash
  • Neck and back pain
  • Shoulder / elbow / wrist / hand pain
  • Tennis and Golfers Elbow
  • Repetitive Strain Injuries
  • Hip / knee / ankle / foot pain
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