How to Make the Most from Your Physiotherapy Appointments

An appointment with a physiotherapist is an excellent step towards improved function and injury prevention. To make the best use of your time, please use the following guidelines:

  1. Wear comfortable clothes. Jeans or long sleeves are not advisable during your initial evaluation since the therapist may need to evaluate your joint stability.

  2. Make sure to arrive on time or a few minutes prior to your appointment in case you need to fill out some forms.

  3. Elaborate on the things you are unable to do, or the level of function you would like to achieve with the physiotherapist. This will help the therapist to serve you as effectively as possible. 

  4. Provide information about when the pain started, the nature of pain (sharp or dull), what caused it, and what aggravates it. 

  5. Remember that you and your physiotherapist are part of a team with a common goal: to get you better as quickly as possible. Do your home exercise program exactly as instructed and try not to miss any appointments in an effort to reach that goal. 


Preparing for Physiotherapy

When you visit a physiotherapist for the first time, we understand that you may not know what to expect. Here are some things to consider before you seek physiotherapy:

  • Ask your physician about your condition and if physiotherapy is right for you.
     
  • Talk to your friends and ask if they have worked with a physiotherapist and what their experience was. 
     
  • If you have health insurance, contact your provider and educate yourself about your benefits and physiotherapy coverage. 
     
  • Become familiar with your medical history and medications and discuss them with your physiotherapist during the first appointment. 
     
  • If possible, try and define your goal. Ask yourself what you want to accomplish and share them with your therapist. 
     
  • Remember, a physiotherapist is an expert on strength and mobility so if you have any questions related to aches and pains, it's likely that your physiotherapist may be able to assist you quickly and effectively.