If you are seeking physiotherapy to treat an injury, regain mobility and strength to a stiff area of your body, or want to improve your well-being as you age, the first step is to book a physiotherapy assessment. Your first physiotherapy appointment will be an opportunity for you to ask any questions you have and for the specialist to evaluate your condition and create a plan for your treatment. Here’s what you need to know about your first assessment before you begin physiotherapy sessions.
Before your appointment, take some time to think about why you are going to see a physiotherapist. Knowing the reason for seeking this service will help you stay motivated to meet your goals, even if things get difficult. Your goal must be specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-based (S.M.A.R.T) to be meaningful and effective to your needs.
The first session will begin with a discussion about your medical history and any medications you are taking. The physiotherapist will ask questions such as:
The next step is to physically assess your condition/injury. The physiotherapist will ask you to perform certain movements and exercises to test your range of motion and level of discomfort or pain. The subjective and objective assessments are designed to rule out any serious problems that would require special medical treatment beyond physiotherapy.
The physiotherapist will start you off with a few treatments and exercises you can do at home before your second appointment. They will demonstrate how to carefully and properly do these mild treatments to give you some comfort between appointments. There are several techniques physiotherapists will use, including hands-on manual therapy, exercise, laser therapy, shockwave therapy, ultrasound, electrical stimulation (TENS), acupuncture hot compresses, and other methods with proven positive results.
During your first physical assessment, you should dress the same way you would for your future treatments. The best types of clothes are those you would wear to exercise: shorts, sweaters, yoga pants, sweat pants, tank top, sports bra, comfortable shoes, or sneakers. If your injury is in a private area like the pelvis, your physiotherapist may provide you with special draping for your waist-down.
The more information you can provide your physiotherapist about your health, medical history, and current condition/injury, the more effective they will be at creating the right treatment plan to help you. You should bring extended health card plan, detailed medical forms, surgical history, recent tests relevant to your injury, and your doctor’s referral if it is required by your insurance company.
Before your first physiotherapy appointment here are some questions or tips to make your appointment more effective:
The treatment you get from a physiotherapist depends on the type of injury or condition you’ve sustained, but these experts know how to provide effective solutions for a variety of physical issues. By preparing for your first consultation, you and your physiotherapist will have all the information needed to create a plan that will help you get the most out of your treatments. From relieving pain and discomfort to increasing mobility and strength, physiotherapy is still one of the most common ways to help people regain optimal health.
At MedRehab Group, we will work with you to treat your loss of mobility, injuries, chronic pain, and other physical health conditions. We serve patients in Brampton, Georgetown, Hamilton, Toronto, Richmond Hill/Maple, Woodbridge/Vaughan, and Pickering. We strive to do our best to meet our patients’ expectations. Contact us at 1-888-409-4058 to book your first physiotherapy consultation and treatment.
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