Your first physiotherapy visit is called "the assessment". This initial visit is usually about an hour long during which I complete a comprehensive assessment of your problem, we talk about the best treatment options that I can provide, and get you involved in your own recovery.
What to bring
You'll come away with a clear understanding of your diagnosis and a plan for recovery.
What to expect
During your first physiotherapy visit you'll be assessed, treated, and maybe even given some homework
The assessment may involve various tests, measuring strength, range of motion, flexibility, posture, coordination, respiration, muscle performance and motor function. During your visit I will also take a thorough medical history. Based on all the information, you and I together will agree on an individualized treatment plan that is right for you. This will include a strategy for your recovery and a targeted and realistic outcome. I aim to create a personable environment for you to feel zero hesitation to ask questions about anything you want to know.
After I've had a chance to assess you, we will agree on a course of treatment that is suitable for you. Among other things your treatment may involve advanced hands-on therapy, help from physiotherapy machines, and doing exercises in the gym. I will make sure that you are comfortable with everything I do or I suggest. I'll explain to you why I've chosen particular treatments and allow you to ask as many questions as you need. I expect my patients to be active participants in their own recovery not just to go through the motions. Being well informed will give you the tools to be more motivated and more involved in your rehabilitation and it will help in achieving your recovery goals.
In many cases you will have some homework to do. These may involve exercises you will have to perform at home on your own time. Studies show that patient who regularly complete their home exercise program boost their likelihood of recovery tremendously. Therefore, I can't stress enough how important it is to stick to your prescribed exercise plan. I've got some tips and trick to keep you motivated and on track with your exercises.
Please note that we require 24 hours notice to cancel your physiotherapy appointment. Please give us this courtesy so that we can fill your spot with another patient in case you can't make your appointment.