What To Expect
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is a Physical Therapist?
A. Physiotherapists are highly educated experts in physical function, movement and mobility. They have advanced knowledge of how the human body moves and what stops it moving and uses specialized hands on treatment to restore, maintain and maximize optimal function and quality of life.
Physiotherapists assess, diagnose and treat physical symptoms and limited movement caused by injury, aging, disability, or medical condition. Education is a large part of what a physiotherapist does. Teaching patients how to restore, maintain, and maximize movement, reduce pain, and manage any chronic symptom. Staying well to avoid future injury and achieve the best quality of life that they can achieve.
Q. What can I expect on my first visit?
A. On arrival you will be asked to fill out some basic paper work. Your physio will then ask you more detailed questions such as:
After the questions the physio will do a comprehensive exam. Watching and Measuring your range of motion, testing muscle strength, ligaments, tendons, and nerves. Your physio may also check balance, walking or how much you can lift or carry.
- How, when, and where your problem started.
- Past Medical history
Q. Do I need a referral to see a Physiotherapist?
A. No. physiotherapists are self regulated, primary health care professionals. The regulatory requirements for referrals to physiotherapists have been removed in all jurisdictions in Canada. Direct access means that individuals may consult a regulated health professional other than a physician without requiring a referral, Direct access facilitates access to health care, lowers health costs and helps ensure that Canadians can obtain necessary health services in the most appropriate venues