How to Find the Right Physiotherapist for You
If you’re on the path to improving your physical mobility and wellbeing, finding the right physiotherapist is an essential first step. The goal of physiotherapy is different for every patient, and often involves physical rehabilitation to increase mobility and alleviate joint and muscle discomfort.
A physiotherapist, sometimes called a physical therapist, will work with you to develop a treatment plan that targets your needs. Many people visit a physiotherapist after they suffer an injury or to treat long-term conditions, but anyone can benefit from the techniques, exercise, and professional guidance that a licensed physiotherapist can provide. Whatever your reason for seeking treatment may be, the following are three tips to help you find a physiotherapist that is right for you.
1. Check Their Qualifications
The title “physiotherapist” is protected in Canada, meaning to earn that title, one must be a licensed professional.
As such, a qualified physiotherapist must:
- Have obtained a University degree in physiotherapy
- Have passed the Physiotherapy National Exam
- Be a registered member of the College of Physiotherapists of their respective province
As you search to find a physiotherapist, be sure to research their clinic’s employees, read their bios on their team page, and be certain that they are certified professionals with the credentials mentioned above. Always be wary of practices that seem illegitimate and be sure to check the College of Physiotherapists database to be sure your practitioner is legitimate. Nothing is more important than your therapist’s professionalism and your safety.
2. Review Their Treatment Methods
There are many techniques, methods of treatment, and branches of physiotherapy. Each clinic will specialize in certain areas.
If you’ve recently suffered from a sports injury, be sure to choose a clinic with physiotherapists who specialize in sports medicine. Or, if you’re looking for a treatment that uses specific equipment, such as shockwave therapy or dry needling, make sure the clinic you choose is equipped with the proper technology to perform the treatment of your choosing.
You can research treatment methods by exploring your prospective clinic’s physiotherapy services. Be sure to speak with the physiotherapist in your first consultation appointment about what course of treatment may be best for you.
3. Assess Their Personality and the Clinic Atmosphere
It is important that you feel comfortable when you visit your physiotherapist. Ideally, you should choose someone who you trust and get along with. Make sure the physiotherapy clinic feels agreeable and welcoming.
After your initial visit to a new physiotherapy clinic, assess your experience candidly with yourself. Were the receptionist kind and welcoming? Was your physiotherapist informed and professional? Are they knowledgeable about your condition and treatment plans? Consider all of these factors after your first consultation and remember that comfort and trust are your top priorities when finding a physiotherapist.
Some clinics offer online physiotherapy, also known as telephysio, which is a convenient and safe alternative to in-person physio, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic. In this case, your clinic is in the comfort of your own home!
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If you’re in the market to find a physiotherapist, let us help you get started. You can book an appointment online now, or give us a call at our Surrey (604-498-5859) or Coquitlam (604-449-5859) locations.