Thank you for your response to this post Naomi. I would like to add and clarify some things for the person asking the question. To answer the second half of the question you should consult a sports or musculoskeletal Physiotherapist who will assess your tendonitis and treat it. This may be with gentle exercise or other means. If your pain is not improving after a few treatment sessions then it might be that Physiotherapy is not the answer for you and you need a referral to a medical professional who can assess whether surgery is appropriate. I would consult the Australian Physiotherapy Association for a list of APA Titled or Specialist Physios who have demonstrated their expertise to be titled.
To resond to the first part of your question, Physiotherapists are trained to assess, diagnose and treat many conditions. They will use a variety of different treatment modalities including manual therapy, electrotherapy, exercise and more often alternative therapies. Most people see musculoskeletal or sports Physiotherapy clinics in the community, however Physios work in many different environments, hospitals, labs, clinics, sports teams and in the community. Depending on the environment depends on what conditions are treated and at what stages acute - chronic. Contrary to what Naomi and surprisingly a lot of AEPs believe, Physiotherapists do manage chronic conditions. I am one of them. I work in a sub-acute hospital and we have a team of Physiotherapists who manage people months after discharge into the community. We do find that AEPs tend to work in community gyms so we will refer to them when our service can no longer carry a patient or they need to intergrate more into the community. This is not because Physios cannot manage them but rather because of current structure of our health service.
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