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Do I need to see a GP before having Physiotherapy?

We know from our myth buster post on Monday that the answer to this is no.

Physiotherapists are autonomous practitioners, meaning they ‘have the authority to make decisions and the freedom to act in accordance with one's professional knowledge base’. This means that Physios will conduct a thorough subjective & physical assessment, then use clinical reasoning to develop a diagnosis & form a treatment plan. Physiotherapists are trained to thoroughly screen patients for indicators of more serious pathology or underlying medical issues. This is completely independent of any interaction with a GP.

Whilst intervention is often not required from the GP for musculoskeletal or neurological complaints that bring people to Physiotherapy, the Physios at Harbourside have good links with all the local GP practices. This ensures that they can liaise about medication, the need for further investigation or onward referral. Also, in some cases, the Physio may feel it is necessary for the GP to screen the patient; at which point they will write a letter or email to the GP explaining their findings/concerns & reasoning for wanting their opinion.

So rest assured, there is no need to see the GP before you come to Physiotherapy. Most musculoskeletal problems can be assessed & treated by the Physios at Harbourside without any GP intervention, but when required, this will be highlighted & actioned.

So if you have a joint, soft tissue or nerve pain, or are struggling following a stroke or brain injury, diagnosis of Parkinson’s, MS, please do get in touch & we can get you booked in with one of our experienced team.

Call Harbourside today on 01736 366224 or email us at to find out more about the services we offer & to get booked in with one of our experienced team.

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