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Physiotherapy for Veterans (DVA)

posted Mar 4, 2015, 11:46 PM by Rebecca Smith   [ updated May 29, 2015, 4:30 AM ]
DVA holders make up quite a portion of patients attending physiotherapy with me at the Southwest Wellness Centre. These individuals have sought help in regards to physical, neurological and respiratory conditions, which are all treated by physiotherapists. By seeking help with their problems, DVA holders’ well-being and overall health have improved rapidly and many patients are achieving things that they haven’t been able to in the past few years.

My most common approach to the management of DVA holders usually involves a combination of manual therapies such as massage, joint mobilizations and traction as well as an individualized exercise program.

This exercise program is personalized to address the needs of the person, rather than a generic program used for anyone. These needs are established between the therapist and patient by setting goals. Your goals may vary from strengthening a certain body part, increasing balance for falls prevention or being able to walk 5km to get the 18 hole round of golf in every week. No matter how simple or small the goals may be, we work together closely in order to achieve them.

Here at Southwest Wellness Centre our focus is not only to treat your existing problem and achieve your goals but we also work on preventing any further complications or reoccurrence. A prime example of this is an individual is treated for lower back pain, becomes pain free and then we work towards preventing further problems by ensuring you are independent with your own management whether it be an exercise-based program, stretching or avoiding aggravating activities.

Important information regarding DVA access:
  • Referral can be from your GP, medical specialist, doctors in hospitals or a physiotherapist with the current referral
  • Referrals remain active for 24 months for gold card holders
  • Physiotherapy and chiropractic treatment may not be performed at the same time for the same condition
  • You do not need to pay, we inform DVA of the treatment sessions and the cost will be covered by the DVA
Fortunately for you as a DVA holder at Southwest Wellness Centre you will also have access to a dietitian, podiatry, exercise physiology, psychology, gym access and child minding while you are in your consult.

If you are or you know anyone who is a DVA holder, make sure that you are getting the health care that you deserve as a DVA member.

For more information visit http://www.dva.gov.au/benefits-and-payments/eligibility

Arron
Physiotherapist Narellan
Difference Physiotherapy Narellan & Camden
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Rebecca Smith,
Mar 4, 2015, 11:46 PM
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