Referring to an Exercise Physiologist, When, How?

Receiving the right treatment as soon as you sustain an injury is essential to your recovery. Often people are prescribed a treatment plan that is not individualised to them and lacks long-term direction, thus, causing unnecessary challenges along their path to recovery. People can be referred to an EP by any allied healthcare professional or can visit a walk-in clinic themselves. Generally, your GP will refer you to a physiotherapist or chiropractor during the acute phase of injury, and will progress you onto EP-based treatment in the long-term. It is also important for you as the client to provide feedback to your referring and treating clinicians (GP, physiotherapist, massage therapist, chiropractor, etc.) in order to communicate your perception of the effectiveness and appropriateness of their treatment plans.

Towards the end of the acute phase of recovery, many people experience a plateau in functional improvement and continue with passive treatment plans that are no longer effective. They are often advised to stick with a program that has not been adjusted to accommodate for improved functional capacity and told to “wait and see” if things get better. If you sustained an injury more than 6 weeks ago and have found that your recovery is taking longer than expected, or your current treatment plan is no longer resulting in significant improvements, it may be time to consider visiting an EP to experience further functional improvement in the next phase of your recovery.

Absolute Balance are firm believers in the multidisciplinary approach and frequently work within a team of Allied Health Professionals to ensure the best possible patient outcome is achieved. Absolute Balance rehabilitation team aims to help clients to get to a point where they can comfortably perform activities of daily living as normally as possible and without pain or the risk of injury. Our services are supported by the latest evidence-based research and provide clients with the necessary education to encourage positive behavioural changes that focus on improving quality of life, functional capacity and the ability to self-manage.


Nicole Barber

Accredited Exercise Scientist (BSc. Exercise & Sports Science)