Frequently Asked Questions
Allied Health Professions at The Rehab Centre
1. What is Hand Therapy?
The goal of hand therapy is to reduce pain and help you regain normal function of your upper limb. That being said, sometimes working muscles and stretching joints may cause soreness or discomfort after the treatment is over, but any tenderness usually dissipates within a day or two.
Our hand therapist will work within your pain threshold to help you heal, and restore movement and function. It is therefore important that you communicate the intensity, frequency and duration of pain to the therapist so that she can adjust your treatment plan if required.
2. What is Physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy uses proven techniques to help restore movement and function to anyone affected by an injury, disability or health condition. It is therapy that can help you achieve movement and reduce pain. We will use our in-depth knowledge of how the body works, combined with hands-on skills and advance techniques together with evidence-based care, to assess, diagnose and treat your symptoms. Physiotherapy can also help you prevent injuries and improve health conditions by repairing damage, reducing stiffness and pain, increasing mobility and improving your quality of life.
3. What is Podiatry?
Podiatry or podiatric medicine is a branch of medicine devoted to the study, diagnosis, medical and surgical treatment of disorders of the foot, ankle, and lower extremity. Common conditions that a Podiatrist manages are foot pains such a bunions, plantar fasciopathy or Morton’s Neuroma, skin conditions such as the daibetic foot or the fabrication of in-soles for any biomechanical faults that one might present with.
1. Do I need to make an appointment to see you?
Yes! That would be ideal! This will ensure that you have the dedicated time and attention of your therapist to address your concerns. This will also be fair to those who have made an appointment so that they too, may benefit from the attention of our therapist.
2. Do I need a Doctor’s referral to see the therapist?
In Singapore, it is not mandatory to get a doctor’s referral to see a therapist. If our therapist decides that you require a specialist doctor’s input after assessing your condition, you will be referred on accordingly.
Some health insurers may also require either a GP or specialist doctor’s referral before they authorise coverage of therapy fees. Please check with your insurance company if you require any clarification.
3. How long is each session?
Each session usually lasts between 30 minutes to 1 hour, depending on your condition, progress and type of treatment required and rendered.
4. What do I need to bring to my first therapy session?
Please bring along your doctor’s referral form or memo if you have one, as well as any records of medical investigations (e.g. X-Ray reports, MRI or CT scan reports) that have been done when attending your first therapy session.
5. What can I expect at my first session?
During your first session, our therapist will obtain pertinent medical information from you and do an initial assessment of your condition. Our therapist will then customise a treatment plan and home exercise programme (if needed) based on your specific condition, symptoms and needs. Time will be taken to answer any questions you may have regarding your condition and will advise you on how you should manage and care for your condition.
You should expect a good dose of education so that you will be empowered with the management of your condition as well!