Frequently Asked Questions

Why choose Centro Médico Reque?

All our professionals are members of the Physiotherapists Bar Association of Andalusia and of the Malaga Province Medical Bar Association

We are a medical center authorized by the Local Health Office and the Health Council.

We offer a quality medical and physiotherapy Service supported with the latest technology, which makes a difference in what regards the more traditional physiotherapy.

 

What can I expect from my first visit?

In your first visit, our secretary will take care of you, asking you to fill in a form with your personal details. This information is confidential and is subject to the Data Protection Law.

Then you will be addressed to the physiotherapist or the doctor.

The therapist shall discuss the following with you:

  • Clinical records
  • The reason why you are coming to the center
  • Level of pain
  • How does this injury affect your daily activities
  • Your expectations about the treatment you will receive
  • If you are taking any medication

The therapist will then undertake a first examination, which consist in the following:

  • Palpation of the area where the pain is more intense, this is made to rule out the existence of bruises, swelling, temperature, redness in the area, etc…
  • Joint mobility (ROM) - the therapist shall manipulate the joints to check the quality of the movement and if there exist any restriction
  • Muscle test – the therapist will assess the quality of muscle contraction. Pain and weakness may appear
  • Neurological Test – the therapist will assess the sensitivity, the motion power and the reflexes to exclude any possible neurological deficit
  • Postural Control – the therapist will undertake an exhaustive exploration of your posture and your motion biomechanics

The therapist shall then discuss with you the problems in your case and how to treat them. This would include the number of sessions per week with the therapist, and how many weeks you would need for a full recovery. Also if the treatment would be short timed or over a larger period.

If the patient agrees to the above, a treatment protocol will start. At the end of each week the evolution of the patient will be reviewed.

Once a week the Doctor and the Physiotherapist shall meet to comment on the progress of the patient.

 

What do I need to bring to the Centre?

Bring in all the medical reports you may have, this includes all the medical records you may have, this includes X-Rays, magnetic resonance scan, ultrasound scans. If the doctor recommends physiotherapy sessions, please bring with you the doctor’s report.

Do I need a medical prescription to come to the Centre?

No, all the professionals can take care of you even if you have not seen a doctor previously. 

 

How should I dress?

You can come with your usual clothes, here you will be able to change if necessary. The therapist will inform you of the most convenient dress code according to the pathology. For example, for a knee injury, you should bring in shorts, in order to see and treat the knee appropriately. 

The Centre has got linen and towels to make the patient comfortable.

 

How long does a session take?

Usually each session takes between 45minutes and one hour.

 

How many visits do I need?

It depends on each patient, maybe just one session n is enough or the treatment can last several months. In the latter case, you will be informed at all times of the improvements. The same therapist will take care of you every time, so he can update you also after each session.

 

I have a disc prolapse, I have been diagnosed by magnetic resonance imaging. Can physiotherapy help me?

First we will need to assess the patient, to confirm that the clinical status of the injury corresponds to the scan. Once a full exploration has been carried out, the therapist will tell you if he can help or not. 

If the matter is not completely clear, the patient will always be referred to a specialist.

We can help in 90% of the cases, the physiotherapy is of great help for people with disc pathologies.

 

I have headaches.  Can you help me?

Cervicogenic or neck headaches can mimic migraines or can trigger migraines in migraine sufferers, this can become a condition called chronic daily headache. Treating the neck, upper back and shoulders can relieve the neck headaches that may be mimicking or triggering the migraines thus reducing their frequency. Many headaches have a mechanical component to them that is often related to the neck. These type of headaches are called cervicogenic headaches. Often Cervicogenic headaches present with a mechanical dysfunction of the top 2 joints in the neck. Manual therapists, have the tools to assess and treat the various factors that can contribute to headaches. These treatments often help decrease the intensity and frequency of headaches.

 

Are the treatments painful?

For many patients, one of the primary objectives is pain relief. This is frequently accomplished with hands-on techniques, modalities such as ultrasound, electrical stimulation, and/or heat or cold therapy. Movement often provides pain relief as well. Your physiotherapist will provide you with the appropriate exercises not only for pain relief but to recover range of motion, strength, and endurance.

In some cases, physiotherapy techniques can be painful. For example, recovering knee range of motion after total knee replacement or shoulder range of motion after shoulder surgery may be painful. Your physical therapist will utilize a variety of techniques to help maximize your treatment goals. It is important that you communicate the intensity, frequency, and duration of pain to your therapist. Without this information, it is difficult for the therapist to adjust your treatment plan.

 

Who pays for the treatment?

In most cases, private health insurance will cover your treatment of physiotherapy, osteopathy, massage therapy and other therapies. You must pay for your session following each session. A receipt will be issued. You will need to send the original receipts to your insurance company to be reimbursed along with the physician's referral (some insurance companies do not request a physician referral). Cheques, Visa, Master Card, Interact debit and Cash are accepted. You can talk to our receptionist so we can help you clarify the process.

 

What do I need to do after my treatments?

Some patients will need to continue with home exercises. Some may choose to continue with a gym exercise program. Others will complete their rehabilitation and return to normal daily activities. It is important that you communicate your goals to your therapist, so he/she can develop a custom program for you.

 

What happens if the pain comes back?

Flare-ups are not uncommon. If you have a flare-up (exacerbation), give us a call. We may suggest you come back to see us, return to your doctor, or simply modify your daily activities or exercise routine.

 

How soon can I get an appointment?

Usually within 24hours, but in case of an emergency we can try to give you an appointment for the same day.

 

What are patients saying about you?

The majority of our patients think CMR is caring and very professional. Read the testimonials at the bottom of the website to see for yourself.