British Physiotherapists are to gain the power, apparently, to give prescriptions to their patients. This will not come into affect until 2014. Personally, I trust my Physio way more than a lot of my Doctors and most of the GP's I've ever met - but she's very special, she got into Med school - and is unlike any other Physio, Chiropractor, Osteopath I have ever met. And I've met a lot. She is councillor, friend, advisor all in one. When I first met her I could only walk about ten minutes before some part of me spasmed, I wasn't sleeping or eating properly, I had Medication Over-Use Headache (MOH) and basically was in a total mess. She was the first person, after seeing countless posh Neurologists, specialist Consultants at spine clinics and Inner Ear Doctors who not only helped with my Migraine Associated Vertigo but got my migraines under control and allowed me to come off the SEVEN pills I was taking daily. I can say, without any exaggeration, that with out her I'd be in a wheel chair (a Doctor told me this so this isn't my usual over dramatic flourish!)
It's not unusual for her to send me to GP's and specialist Consultants to ask for certain medications (and they usually agree with her recommendations.) She often can tell me more about the side effects of the medications I'm on than the Dr's who have prescribed them - so I can completely see where this new ruling is coming from. I'll describe, in more detail, how I work with this wonder woman in another post.
Finding a good Physio is like finding a golden ticket in a Willy Wonka Chocolate bar. They are very few and far between. My Physio advised me that you should generally look for someone who trained in a teaching hospital (obviously I'm biased towards the London ones) is in their 40's (as apparently the training has changed and is now much more basic) and should be able to explain, completely, all of your symptoms - you would be surprised how many can not comprehensively do this! If you're not better in three months - move on. Sadly, even these simple check marks are no guarantee of good care.
So, I will be interested to read more about this and look forward to hearing your opinions too. I've got no idea if prescriptions will be issued through the NHS or just privately. I'm assuming NHS?
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