Do I need a doctors referral to attend Physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy is a primary health care profession, thus you do not need a doctors referral to attend physiotherapy. However, some extended health insurance providers do require a doctors referral. It is best to check with your insurance company prior to attending.
Frequently asked questions
Is Physiotherapy covered by medicare?
Physiotherapy is not covered by medicare. However, most extended extended health care plans will cover all or part of the cost of treatment.
Will you direct bill my insurance company for treatment?
We do direct bill most private insurance plans. There are few, however, that do not allow us to direct bill their company.
What should I expect when I attend my first appointment?
During your first visit, the physiotherapist will discuss your health status and history as well as conduct an extensive assessment including evaluation of pain and movement patterns, strength, range of motion and functional ability. They will then deveop an analysis and discuss with you their findings and proposed treatment program geared to your specific needs. They will collaborate with you to develop realistic plans which will address your needs and goals.
What does physiotherapy treatment involve?
The course of treatment will depend on your individual condition. Typically, treatment will involve a combination of manual therapy, specific therapeutic exercises as well as education so that you will be better able to manage your condition independently and prevent injury recurrence. Physiotherapists may also incorporate modalities such as ultrasound, other electrical modalities or acupuncture to help reduce pain, and speed healing.
How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments you require will depend on your individual condition and progress. Your physical status will be closely monitored and re-evaluated throughout your course of physiotherapy with any adjustments and modifications made in the treatments as necessary. Our goal is to help you restore optimum mobility and function as soon as possible and then provide you with the tools you need to manage your condition independently.
How long are the appointments?
The initial assessment is approximately 60-75 minutes. Subsequent appointments may be 30-60 minutes depending upon the complexity of the problem.
What can physiotherapy do for me?
Physiotherapists treat and manage physical problems caused by injuries (eg. sport, work or car accident)., periods of inactivity, postural insufficiency, disability, disease or the aging process. Physiotherapy is utilized to reduce pain and stiffness, as well as improve mobility and function. This is done through various physical means such as:
-Manual Therapy (hands on treatment) to reduce pain and stiffness in your joints
-Electrical modalities such as interferential current, acupuncture, etc to decrease pain
-Specific exercises to improve strength, flexibility and muscle balance
-Advice and education on mangagement and prevention
Are Home Visits available?
Yes, we are able to come to your home by appointment. Please call us for further details.