It took a while for the mainstream medical profession to accept both physiotherapy and chiropractic as a valid method of treatment for physical injuries and other associated aches and pains that people experience on a day-to-day basis.
Unfortunately, many people are still not aware of the efficacy of physiotherapy as an extremely effective approach to helping alleviate the physical pain that many people experience in today’s modern fast paced world.
This can be seen in the United Kingdom. As much as 30% of all appointments that are booked with the local general practitioner are related to musculoskeletal problems. You can read more about that in the following article.
Physios in surgeries ‘can save GPs time and money’
GPs could spend longer with their patients if physiotherapists worked with them at their surgeries, says the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.
If patients with back pain, for example, were directed to a physio instead of a GP, an extra five minutes could be spent with other patients.
Physios are already working in a small number of GP surgeries in England.
GPs’ leaders welcomed the initiative but said staff would have to be trained to the highest standards.
Musculo-skeletal conditions are thought to make up as much as 30% of all GP appointments.
That is why many physiotherapists, and in particular the chartered Society of Physiotherapy, are calling for closer teamwork with local GPs.
“I think this is a particularly good idea because it would help to alleviate some of the strain that is increasingly being placed on the NHS. Not only would this save a lot of wasted time, but it would help to improve the overall service the patients receive.” says Jonathan who offers the best physiotherapy Bristol have to offer at The House Clinics.
The fact that more GPs today are choosing to work alongside physiotherapists is an encouraging sign and I hope one that continues in that direction.
But the NHS is an incredibly large institution which means there is a lot of bureaucracy and red tape to have to cut through. Despite this, it is encouraging to see that the mainstream medical profession is increasingly accepting other complimentary therapies into their fold.