The relationship with physiotherapists and exercise physiologists (EP’s) is a great one to develop and create through open communication with each other. In the private practice setting there are alot of opportunities to meet EP’s and start the communication.
On a broad level physic’s skill sets are in anatomy, biomechanics and physiology and how that relates to injury in the acute and subacute overuse sense. We are set up with space to assess and diagnose and manage in the manual therapy however not the room to develop large scale gym movements so we are limited with how far we can progress the rehabilitation phase.
EP’s skill sets in exercise selection, progressions, regressions and safety of exercising in the gym environment. The environment they work in is usually more conducive to long term injury prevention and rehabilitation. Machines and the exercise rehab environment is constantly changing so it is imperative that this knowledge base is kept up to date.
Therefore a relationship of cross referrals with these two allied health professionals can be a great symbiotic one to ultimately give the patient better outcomes for their injury and problems.
As physios we can’t be everything to everyone but we can be the right person to direct them to like minded colleagues with a different skill set to compliment ours.