What do you expect? Is it a quick fix?

01 MAY

What do you expect? Is it a quick fix?

By Dean Phelps on Thursday, 1st of May    Tag: Gold Coast Physio, Pain, Quick Fix, What is Physiotherapy, Why fighting fit?,

Quick fixes are like a band aid on a deep gash, they might hold out for a while but eventually they will let go and your left with the same problem. Read about why to avoid the quick fix and find a solution with Fighting Fit Physiotherapy

What do you expect? Is it a quick fix?

I wrote a blog about ‘what is physiotherapy?’ after it came to me that many people have no idea what we do. But more recently it has been obvious that clients have mixed expectations of therapy in our community. Some are just after a quick fix.

The ‘quick fix’ will be the content of this blog. Is there such a real thing? Is it the best option? The answer is YES and NO depending if you look short term or long term. Yes many therapists (physio, chiro, osteo, massage, kinesio, acupuncture etc) can provide a treatment intervention that quickly takes a symptom of pain away in a session or two. But has it really fixed the underlying cause or improved your problem? Your answer is, No!

Think for a moment, you see a therapist for 30mins once for a short term quick fix, but for the remainder of the week 6 days, 23 hours and 30 mins you do what you always do, move in the same pattern, overload a structure or tissue is it actually working? With this method or approach to treatment eventually its destined to come back and so are you, you go back in for another quick fix. Over time, you become reliant on the quick fix but you have not identified the underlying cause, you are still doing what you have always done and have no skills in what to do about it.

That quick fix of a symptom is a ‘tunnel vision’ approach as you only see and treat one thing, usually this is ‘pain’. Eventually this approach while good in the short term, is bad in the long term as the symptom relieving treatment effect is reduced over time and becomes less effective at relieving it. Over the months and years the cost of repetitive short-term quick fixes eventually adds up and the result is less.

Think for a moment if you saw a therapist 20 times, spanned over say a year. Each time you saw them you got a quick symptom fix, left and then do what you have always done. Eventually your symptom returns and you go back. The cycle continues until you have been 20 times, the problem is still there as it was day one! Is this the most cost/time effective way?

Alternatively you could use this time and money investment to identify ‘why is this occurring’. The therapist uses a broader vision that gives a look at the bigger picture causing the symptom. Once identified, steps would be taken to address the ‘why’ and change what you do, how you do it, how you move and function to return to a tissue or structure to its normal functional state. You are now changing the underlying cause of the symptom. This guarantees you long-term results.

So would you prefer a quick fix for 20 session or to have 20 sessions closer together which will offer you relief or management of the symptom, look at the big picture and work out the cause and your ‘why’, set a plan, learn skills and progress those skills and eventually completely change how, why and what you do all with the guidance of your physiotherapist? Same amount of time, same cost! But the reward is that neither symptom or cause is now a problem. A completely different result for the same amount of input!

That is how our service is different, we are ‘big picture!’. Our physiotherapy experience is an investment in a better you by fixing the symptoms now, identifying the cause or ‘why’ and giving you the skills for tomorrow to reduce future pain, flare ups, set backs or re-injury and improve your function, health and fitness beyond what it was before you even injured yourself.

In our eyes this should be the only option!


Dean Phelps - Head Physiotherapy

Dean is a registered Gold Coast Physiotherapist with undergraduate and postgraduate studies in Human Movement and Exercise Science. His background has developed his vision for Fighting Fit Physiotherapy to focus on optimal health and peak physical performance for every single patient. Utilising his many qualifications, in depth knowledge of the body and passion for exercise he can provide a holistic approach to your treatment and exercise prescription to get the best outcome.


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