Q: What is a Chartered Physiotherapist as opposed to a physical therapist or sports therapist?
A: A Chartered Physiotherapist has undergone a University degree programme with hospital-based training and has comprehensive knowledge of how the body works, along with specialist training in the diagnosis and treatment of muscle and joint pain. When you choose a physiotherapist who is a member of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists (ISCP), you’ll enjoy the peace of mind of knowing that they are a part of Ireland’s only professional body within its field. So look for the letters MISCP to ensure your Physiotherapist is Chartered.
Q: Do I need a GP or consultant referral before attending for assessment or treatment?
A: No, your Chartered Physiotherapist will do a full assessment regardless of whether you have attended your GP or not. If you have been seen by your GP or had any x-rays or scans do bring them along with you. Also if you have undergone surgery please bring along any information you may have received after the operation. The more information we have, the better we can assess and treat your needs.
Q: How long does assessment/treatment last?
A: For first consultation we allow 50 minutes for an in-depth assessment and further treatment thereafter will usually take 40-45 minutes. On your first visit your Chartered Physiotherapist will complete an assessment to establish what the problem is and why it may have happened. Once an accurate diagnosis is made a treatment plan will be discussed and goals set.
Q: How much does it cost?
A: Initial consultation costs €60. It is important to take some time to establish the underlying cause of the problem and identify the correct treatment pathway based on past medical and injury history. Follow up treatment thereafter is €55.
Q: Can I claim money back through my insurance or tax?
A: Chartered Physiotherapy is covered by all major health insurers. Depending on your policy you can claim anything up to €40 back per treatment. Contact your own health insurer to find out about your plan as they can differ.
You can also claim tax relief on Chartered Physiotherapy at 20%.