Elite Expertise and Knowledge
It is not well known that the Physiotherapy profession has different tiers of accredited expertise. While a general physiotherapist has undertaken 3 to 4 years of clinical training, a specialist physiotherapist undertakes no less than 7 years of training in their chosen field. To be recognised as a specialist, they must complete a rigorous training and examination program after which they become a Fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapists and are granted the title of Specialist in their field of Physiotherapy.
Having extensive experience and attaining an advanced level of clinical practice, the specialist physiotherapist provides a more in depth and comprehensive assessment, diagnosis and treatment of otherwise complex conditions.
Specialists must also undertake mandatory ongoing education, and so are actively involved in research and have the most up to date knowledge in their field. A Specialist physiotherapist will have an abbreviated post-nominal "F.A.C.P." in their title which correctly establishes their credentials. Currently, there are less than 10 Specialist Physiotherapists in Victoria.
Why should you see a Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist?
Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapists have a deeper and more advanced knowledge of complex situations. This allows them to provide more comprehensive and tailored treatments, particularly for patients with difficult or reoccurring problems. Further, as part of their accreditation, specialists must undertake on-going education. This means specialists are always across the most current information and treatments in their field.
Jayce Gilbert, our specialist musculoskeletal physiotherapist*, is the only specialist musculoskeletal physiotherapist in Bayside and one of a handful in Victoria.
For more information about Specialist Physiotherapists, visit Jayce's dedicated website: secondopinion.physio
*Conferred by the Australian College of Physiotherapists in 2010