Many interventions are amenable to physiotherapy interventions. The Physiotherapy Evidence Database (PEDro.org.au) now indexes over 40,000 randomised trials, systematic reviews and evidence-based clinical practice guidelines. This evidence spans a broad range of conditions from musculoskeletal, cardiorespiratory and neurological to women's health, paediatrics and geriatrics.
In Australia, people can attend a physiotherapist without a referral from a GP. Despite this, Australians who attend a physiotherapist are becoming less likely to self refer and more likely to attend a physiotherapist after referral by a medical general practitioner (GP). It is therefore timely to consider whether GPs are referring on those patients with conditions that are amenable to physiotherapy.