You would usually see a Physiologist after being referred by your GP or a specialised hospital Consultant for diagnostic tests. These are ordered in response to your reported symptoms and help a medical professional diagnose and offer treatment accordingly.
You may also see a physiologist to monitor an already diagnosed condition, to assess any changes and your response to any treatments given. The RCCP registers Physiologists from a range of disciplines, see below for examples of the more common tests and roles performed for each of the different types.
- Hearing Assessments, Tinnitus Management, Investigating and treating balance conditions
- ECG, Echocardiograms, 24 hour blood pressure monitoring, catheter lab assistance with angiogram and angioplasty, pacemaker and defibrillator placement.
Clinical Exercise Physiologists
- Prevention, treatment and management of health conditions through promoting long-term wellness through lifestyle and behaviour changes related to diet, exercise and other beneficial habits.
- Work with children to make sure they receive maximum classroom support including developing individualised education porgrammes
- Upper GI manometry (pressure measurements) and ambulatory 24hr pH
investigations, Breath tests for helicobacter pylori and gut bacteria, Ano rectal manometry, ultrasound for cancer staging and bowel re-training therapy.
- Help with acquired hearing loss, including understanding and navigating associated issues like communication and functioning in relationships
- Electroencephalography (EEG), Evoked Potentials (EPs), Peripheral Nerve Conduction Studies and Electromyography (NCS and EMG)
- Lung Function tests including spirometry, lung volumes and respiratory gas exchange. Blood gas analysis and oxygen prescription. Allergy testing. Exercise testing. Sleep studies for sleep disordered breathing. Muscle function tests
- Sleep studies using a variety of tests including polysomnography