Australians have led the world in obeying social distancing restrictions to contain the spread of COVID-19 but it’s important that it doesn’t come at a cost to their health.

As we transition out of isolation Australian Physiotherapy Association National President Phil Calvert says it’s time to go back to healthcare providers and address ongoing health conditions or new issues that may have arisen during isolation.

“We saw a 40 to 70 per cent reduction in physio appointments in March and April as people self-isolated,” Phil said. “It’s understandable that people were cautious but the curve has flattened. It’s not necessary to delay treatment as this may cause further issues down the track.

“Early intervention is key for many health conditions and acute injuries. The longer you wait the more likely complications are.”

For example, research has shown that early intervention with physiotherapy treatment when returning to activity can prevent chronic disability associated with back pain. Physiotherapy led strength and balance training has also been shown to reduce the risk of falls in older Australians.


“Don’t wait to seek treatment. If you’re in pain, need to start or progress your rehab program or need advice on your exercise plan to support a chronic health condition, call your physio and make an appointment to  give yourself the best chance of remaining healthy and well.”

Physios have been deemed an essential service from the outset of COVID-19 and most practices have remained open, either for telehealth appointments or for in-person treatment. They employ strict hygiene and infection control standards to ensure patient safety.


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