Do I need a doctor’s referral for physiotherapy?
You do not need a doctor’s referral for physiotherapy as physiotherapists are regulated health professionals. It is important to consult your insurance company to determine if a doctor’s referral is required for reimbursement of your treatment.
Why should I see a Registered Physiotherapist?
Registered Physiotherapists are required by law to have a license issued by the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario in order to practice in the province. A Registered Physiotherapist is a graduate of a recognized university program which includes both clinical and academic study. Ongoing professional development is a requirement of all Registered Physiotherapists.
What should I expect on my first visit?
On your first visit, your physiotherapist will conduct an assessment which will include a health history, evaluation of pain and movement patterns, strength, joint range of motion, reflexes and sensation.
Based on the information gained from the assessment, your physiotherapist will work with you to develop a treatment program and individualized goals.
How many sessions will I need?
The number of sessions depends on your individual condition and symptoms. After the assessment the therapist will communicate with you the findings and together you can develop individual treatment goals. At this time the therapist will also review how many sessions are required per week. Each individual responds to treatment differently and as a result it is important that the therapist and client continually communicate to ensure that treatment goals are both consistent and efficiently achieved.