Specialist Physiotherapists are acknowledged experts in the management of musculoskeletal problems, post operative and injury rehabilitation, and spinal pain. However, it is important to be aware that there are differing levels of expertise within the physiotherapy profession.
There are currently three levels of clinical expertise within musculoskeletal physiotherapy:
- Generalist Physiotherapists with an interest in musculoskeletal therapy,
- Musculoskeletal Physiotherapists, and
- Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapists.
Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapists have undertaken advanced intensive training, have studied the latest evidence-based research and undergone rigorous examinations to be awarded Fellowship in the Australian College of Physiotherapists (FACP).
Accordingly, Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapists are recognised by the profession as having the highest level of musculoskeletal skills and as industry leaders in the management of musculoskeletal problems.
Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapists
Speicalists often work with medical practitioners and other physiotherapists to develop advanced diagnoses and management plans and ongoing rehabilitation. The skill of the Specialist lies in the ability to assess, treat and manage complex, difficult and at times, multi-factorial musculoskeletal problems.
They will liaise with the referring health professional and work both with them and the client to ensure the best possible outcome.
Specialists may be requested to provide an expert opinion to a medical practitioner or in medico-legal proceedings and are perfectly placed to provide a well considered evaluation of complex cases.
Currently, there are approximately 100 Specialist Physiotherapists in Australia and approximately 8 practicing Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapists in Victoria, one of whom is Andrew Dalwood, the Principal of Waverley Park Physiotherapy Centre.