First Contact Physiotherapy

Updated on 2nd August 2021 at 5:22 pm


The role of First Contact Physiotherapists (FCPs) in Primary Care is to assess patients with soft tissue, muscle and joint pain and to decide on the most appropriate management pathway.  FCPs are physiotherapists with expertise in the assessment and management of Musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions.  They may also be knows as Advanced Practice Physiotherapists (APP) or MSK Practitioners.

Inclusion Criteria to see a FCP are:

  • All soft tissue injuries, sprains, strains or sports injuries
  • Arthritis – any joint
  • Possible problems with muscles, ligaments, tendons or bone, eg tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, ankle sprains
  • Spinal pain including lower back pain, mid-back pain and neck pain
  • Spinal-related pain in arms or legs, including nerve symptoms, eg pins and needles or numbness
  • Post-orthopedic surgery

Please contact the surgery directly to book an appointment with our First Contact Physiotherapist, Gondai Pahla.