It’s Your First Physiotherapy Visit – What Should You Expect?

Have you ever had treatment from a physiotherapist? If you have, then you know what to expect. But, if you haven’t, keep reading, this article will help clear up the process of using the services of a physiotherapist.

The idea of when and how to use a physiotherapist can be confusing. Many people (and you may be one of them) are often unsure (and even hesitant) about what to expect on their first physiotherapy visit.

The type of physiotherapy you receive really depends upon your injury diagnosis, age of your injury, intensity of the pain, and your (and therapist’s) preferred treatment procedure.

Do You Need To Seek Advice From A Doctor To Visit A Physiotherapist?

The short answer is no. The caveat is if you prefer financial reimbursement of medical Insurance through your coverage. A referral from a physician may be necessary to reimburse your physiotherapy care costs. However, a script from your doctor is not required in order to start actual therapy with a physiotherapist.

How Do You Set An Appointment Up With Physiotherapist?

Find a local reputable physiotherapy clinic. Most often when you phone their office you will reach the receptionist first. The secretary may ask you a few questions about your family doctor, your injury, insurance related information among other questions. Don’t be alarmed. Asking for this type of information is fairly standard for most physiotherapy clinics. If you don’t feel comfortable with providing specific information over the phone, let them know. You can provide further details when you see them in person (once you’ve selected the clinic of your choice). Discuss a convenient time to arrange a first appointment, or better yet a free consultation if they offer it. You may get a call back from the physiotherapist to confirm the appointment. You are now ready to visit your therapist. You may discuss the charges for the treatment at this time or when you visit them in person.

Things You Should Know While Visiting a Physiotherapist

Try and arrive at the clinic early. Be prepared to fill out a detailed new patient intake form. This form will request specific details about your injury and medical history. Be sure to bring your physician script (if you have one) and any x-rays if you have them. Also, be sure to bring your insurance information as well. Since physiotherapy involves movement and exercise, it is recommended that you wear clothes that are loose fitting and allow for easy movement.

What Should You Expect On Your First Physiotherapy Treatment?

After you meet your physiotherapist, you may be asked to discuss your injury and symptoms. Expect your physiotherapist to go through your medical history in great detail. Depending on the physiotherapist, they may also check all your tests and reports such as X-rays, MRI scans, etc.. Your first physiotherapy session can last up to an hour. Be sure to communicate every aspect of your injury in as much detail as possible – how you got injured, when the injury occurred, what you applied on the injured surface, etc. Don’t hold back. Now is not the time to be shy. Communicating everything clearly about your injury will help ensure you get the best possible treatment, and highest probability of a successful outcome.

After examining the injury, your therapist may discuss therapy options with you. The goal is to restore normal functionality to the injured site, and help prevent the injury from reoccurring. After creating your treatment plan which may include modalities, manual therapy and exercise, he or she will explain the therapy approach in detail to you. If you do not feel comfortable with any treatment procedure, ask for an alternate option.

To ensure speedy recovery, be sure that you follow the treatment procedure consistently. You may also be asked to arrange future follow-up appointments. Depending upon your injury, you may start a course of therapy at least 1 to 3 times a week. These subsequent appointments can last up to 30 minutes per visit.

There are high chances of feeling sore after going through a physiotherapy session. It’s normal. If you experience it, simply discuss it with your therapist and seek advice on how to alleviate soreness.

There you have it. Physiotherapy demystified. Physiotherapy can be of tremendous benefit. But the most important thing to remember is to seek treatment early. Early intervention can significantly increase the likelihood of a successful outcome. And a positive outcome is good for you and your therapist.

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