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Physiotherapy

Welcome to Early Links Physiotherapy

Our Physiotherapy Team supports children, teenagers and adults across the Hunter. Our physiotherapists are skilled in treating a wide range of conditions, and your physiotherapy sessions can be funded by NDIS or through fee for service.

What does a physiotherapist do?

Our physiotherapists aim to improve a child’s movement through targeted exercise, strengthening activities, stretching, therapy programmes, motor learning, and play, focusing on what is appropriate to the child’s age and goals.

They are skilled in working with our diverse range of clients across various settings, including within their homes, out in the community (such as the park, pool, or school), and in our own clinic spaces. Taking this approach ensures we can provide the supports required to meet their needs best and embed therapy into their regular routines where possible.

Our physiotherapists are highly qualified

Our Physiotherapy Team includes experienced professionals with a particular interest in treating babies and neurological and orthopaedic presentations.

We are a team of registered and qualified health professionals who undertake ongoing professional development to meet the needs of our clients. Some of our team members have undertaken additional training by pursuing Master’s degrees in Advanced Paediatric Physiotherapy Practice and Public Health.

We also employ a range of physiotherapy students in the role of allied health assistants. These team members can run physiotherapy provided programs at a reduced cost, with oversight of the therapist, allowing for more frequent therapy provision to help achieve your goals!

Who can our physiotherapists help?

We mainly treat babies, children and adolescents up to 18 years of age; however, our team of physiotherapists can also support adults. If you are an adult with an NDIS plan seeking support, please do not hesitate to contact our friendly team to see if we can meet your needs.

Some of the conditions we treat:

In our fee for service bubs and kids clinic, we provide an assessment of and therapy and treatment programs for:

  • Delayed motor milestones (sitting, crawling, standing or walking)
  • Head-flattening and head tilt (plagiocephaly and torticollis)
  • Orthopaedic issues at birth (e.g. positional talipes, hip checks)
  • Asymmetries
  • Low muscle tone (floppiness)
  • Walking issues (e.g. toe walking, in-toeing/pigeon walking, knock knees)
  • Postural problems and clumsiness
  • Growing pains
  • Sporting injuries

    These sessions are self-funded, claimable through private health as a physiotherapy session, and we accept Medicare enhanced primary care or chronic disease management plans with a gap fee.

    Under our NDIS model of care, we also provide an assessment of and therapy and treatment for:

    • Disabilities (e.g. Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, genetic conditions)
    • Clumsiness, poor balance and coordination – with or without a diagnosis, i.e., autism spectrum disorder, developmental coordination disorder
    • Hypermobility and connective tissue disorders
    • Developmental delays

    And many more!

    We can support your journey to meeting your functional goals by linking you with our diverse team under our multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary care models.

    Meet our friendly Physiotherapy Leadership Team

    Angela

    Angela

    Physiotherapy Senior Leader

    Ally

    Ally

    Physiotherapy Team Leader

    Nathaniel

    Nathaniel

    Physiotherapy Team Leader

    Which areas do our physiotherapists cover?

    Aberdeen, Abermain, Bellbird, Beresfield, Bolwarra, Branxton, Cessnock, Chisholm, Cliftleigh, Dungog, East Maitland, Gillieston Heights, Greta, Heddon Greta, Hinton, Kurri Kurri, Laguna, Lochinvar, Lorn, Maitland, Morpeth, Muswellbrook, Paterson, Raworth, Raymond Terrace, Rothbury, Rutherford, Singleton, Stroud, Tarro, Telarah, Tenambit, Thornton, Vacy, Windella, Wollombi, Woodberry and more.

    Telehealth sessions are also an option if appropriate for the individual or group participants instead of face-to-face sessions.

     

    How do I start physiotherapy with Early Links?

      If you’re ready to get started or just want to find out more, you can use the form below to get in touch with us.

      We’ll be happy to answer any questions you have, explain what would be involved and tell you all about the support we can offer.

        Our Physiotherapy Team in action

        Get In Touch

        Please complete the form below to contact Early Links. Our friendly team will be very happy to assist you.

        44 Bulwer Street, Maitland, NSW 2320

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        Frequently Asked Questions

        What can physiotherapy treat?

        Our physiotherapists treat conditions such as:

        • Disabilities (e.g., Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, genetic conditions)
        • Clumsiness, poor balance and coordination – with or without a diagnosis, i.e., autism spectrum disorder, developmental coordination disorder.
        • Hypermobility and connective tissue disorders
        • Developmental delays
        • Delayed motor milestones (sitting, crawling, standing or walking)
        • Head-flattening and head tilt (plagiocephaly and torticollis)
        • Orthopaedic issues at birth (e.g., positional talipes, hip checks)
        • Asymmetries
        • Low muscle tone (floppiness)
        • Walking issues (e.g., toe walking, in-toeing/pigeon walking, knock knees)
        • Postural problems and clumsiness
        • Growing pains
        • Sporting injuries

        Our physios assist with the application, trials and fitting of equipment required, from low support options such as orthotics and night splints to high support equipment such as standing and walking frames.

        What happens at a first physio appointment?

        A physiotherapist will collect some background information and then complete an assessment, including observing movement and hands-on assessment of muscle length or strength. We will complete some treatment or activities to help work towards your goals and provide a home program and plan for follow up sessions or equipment/devices required.

        What questions does a physiotherapist ask?

        A physiotherapist will ask about:

        • How long you or your child have presented with the complaint
        • Whether there are functional limitations or pain
        • If there is a family history of the same complaint
        • If you have sought treatment before and what this involved
        • What your goals are

        How long does a physiotherapy session last?

        Our initial NDIS appointments are usually scheduled for 1 hour, with subsequent sessions scheduled for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Initial notes after this visit are typically completed in a report format and take approximately 45 minutes.

        Our fee for service, bubs and kids clinic sessions are scheduled as 30-minute sessions.

        How do you feel after physiotherapy?

        Physiotherapy can help alleviate or validate your concerns, leaving you feeling relieved or heard. Physiotherapy can leave you feeling more in control of your physical health by providing activities to work towards your goals.

        How quickly does physiotherapy work?

        Physiotherapy requires your active input between sessions to obtain lasting results. It is important to continue with your home program to ensure you get the best results.

        Physiotherapy can assist with accessing equipment to improve function and may be completed in blocks of sessions to target goals more effectively.