Your first physiotherapy visit
Your first physiotherapy visit is called an assessment. This initial visit is usually about an hour long during which we complete a comprehensive assessment of your problem, we talk about the best treatment options that we can provide, and get you involved in your own 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 we will also take a thorough medical history. Based on all the information, you and your therapist 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.
We aim to create a personable environment for you to feel zero hesitation to ask questions about anything you want to know.
After we've had a chance to assess you, our physiotherapist will provide the first treatment.
Among other things your treatment may involve advanced hands-on therapy, help from physiotherapy machines, and doing exercises in our gym.
We will make sure that you are comfortable with everything we do. We'll explain to you why we've chosen particular treatments and allow you to ask as many questions as you need.
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.
We expect our patients to be active participants in their own recovery not just to go through the motions.
Studies show that patient who regularly complete their home exercise program boost their likelihood of recovery tremendously. Therefore, we can't stress enough how important it is to stick to your prescribed exercise plan.
We've got some tips and trick to keep you motivated and on track with your exercises.
We'll answer your most pressing question about:
You'll come away with a clear understanding of your diagnosis and a plan for recovery.
What to bring
Our therapists are busy and have long waiting lists. As a courtesy to other patients you need to give us at least 24 hours of notice if you are unable to attend one of your appointments, otherwise a cancellation fee equal to the full cost of your appointment will be charged.