Physiotherapists work with pain management and rehabilitation from either an acute injury like a sprained ankle, or management of chronic conditions such as diabetes or heart disease. A physiotherapist also provides education and advice for health promotion, disease and injury prevention.
Specifically, physiotherapists improve clients’ quality of life by:
→ Promoting optimal mobility, physical activity and overall health and wellness;
→ Preventing disease, injury, and disability;
→ Managing acute and chronic conditions, activity limitations, and participation restrictions;
→ Improving and maintaining optimal functional independence and physical performance;
→ Rehabilitating injury and the effects of disease or disability with therapeutic exercise programs and other interventions; and
→ Educating and planning maintenance and support programs to prevent re-occurrence, re-injury or functional decline.
It is not necessary to have a doctor's referral to seek treatment from a physiotherapist. However, some insurance companies will require that you have a referral before they reimburse you for the treatment. To be certain, it is always best that you check with your insurance provider.
An initial session is roughly 45minutes - 1hour long, this includes a physical assessment and treatment. All subsequent sessions are roughly 30 minutes long depending on the treatment the physiotherapist has suggested.