Physiotherapy Q & A: Four Things To Know Before Your First Physiotherapy Visit

If you have never been to see a physiotherapist, you may be a little unsure or uneasy about what to expect during your initial visit. Your age, extent of pain and preferred treatment procedure may have a direct bearing on the type of physiotherapy you can expect to receive. Your course of treatment really depends on the age and intensity of the your injury.

Below is a short overview of what you will encounter on your initial visit to the physiotherapist:

Should I speak with a physician before setting up time with a physiotherapist?

If your health insurance reimburses for your physiotherapy costs, you may need a referral from your physician. However, a script is not necessary to begin therapy with a physiotherapist.

How do I set up an appointment with a physiotherapist?

When you call the physiotherapist’s office, you will generally get a receptionist answering the phone. Ask for an appointment. You will be required to provide your name and telephone number along with a convenient time to arrange your first visit. To confirm the appointment after discussing it, you may get a call back from the physiotherapist or office manager. The treatment costs and terms can be discussed now or when you meet with the physiotherapist.

What You Need to Know Before Seeing a Physiotherapist

Since you will be completing a lengthy new patient intake form, be sure to arrive at the clinic a bit early. An intake form is used to collect your information. You may be requested to provide your medical history, injury details, as well as other types of related information. All information is kept private and secure. Make sure you also bring in your doctor’s letter of reference or a prescription form and X-rays, if available. Make sure you have your insurance card with you. It is advisable to wear clothes that are loose fitting and allow for easy movement, since physiotherapy involves exercise.

What to Expect on your first physiotherapy appointment

You will be asked to discuss the physical problems that you are experiencing and the symptoms associated with it, when you meet your physiotherapist. Your physiotherapist may go over your past medical history, and review some of your test results with you. The first physiotherapy visit can take up to an hour. Communicate every detail to the physiotherapist. Give him or her details like that of how and when the injury occurred, what was applied by you on the injured portion, how old the injury is etc. Your physiotherapist will more than likely prompt you on most questions. Always ensure not to conceal any information from the therapist. Providing the exact details related to the injury allows you to obtain the most effective treatment. After examining the injury, your therapist will discuss treatment with you and suggest options to restore normal function to the site of injury. Your physiotherapist will detail your treatment plan specifically for you. Discuss any aspects of your therapy options with your physiotherapist if you feel uncomfortable. Your physiotherapist is there to work with you and help you achieve your goals.

It is highly recommended that you follow the physiotherapy treatment procedure given to you consistently. Following your therapy program closely can help to ensure a speedy and full recovery. The physiotherapist may request that you schedule additional appointments. Your injury will dictate if multiple weekly sessions are needed, which can be 1 – 3 physiotherapy visits per week. These subsequent physiotherapy appointments can last up to 30 minutes per visit.

Once you have experienced your first physiotherapy session you may be feeling a little sore afterwards. It is common to experience a little stiffness and even feel sore after the first treatment. If you feel any discomfort, tell your physiotherapist. It is important they are made aware of any pain you may be feeling throughout therapy. They can provide more details on what you are experiencing and provide advice on how to alleviate any soreness.

Physiotherapy is very beneficial for many type of injuries. Early treatment, the right plan of therapy, and commitment by you are the keys to you achieving full benefit from physiotherapy.

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