Physiotherapy and Covid 19 – should we be treating patients?
Physiotherapy is a touching profession, so directions to practice physical distancing and avoid person-to-person contact during the COVID-19 pandemic don’t translate well when applied to physiotherapy treatment. As this pandemic has unfolded, direction to physiotherapists has centred around maintaining a safe practice environment through enhanced cleaning practices, increasing social distance in waiting rooms and treatment spaces, and encouraging those who are ill, both patients and physiotherapists alike, to stay home.
As a result of Public Health England and Government advice, private practice physiotherapy clinics and other physiotherapy businesses were encouraged to close at the end of March except when providing emergency and urgent services. Ashburton Physio closed a few days before lockdown as we felt that continuing was unsafe for both patients and clinicians.