Questions to Ask Your Physiotherapist

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Questions to Ask Your Physiotherapist

When seeking a service provider of any kind, be it professional or trades, it is better to proceed with caution. Proper research has to be done to ensure the quality of the service you are purchasing. You would not want to entrust your health to a doctor that is not properly qualified.

The same applies to physiotherapists. Physiotherapy as a distinct discipline is decades old. The field has well-established training facilities, and adequate monitoring programs. When seeking the services of a physiotherapist, there are some important questions that we feel you should be aware of, and should feel free to ask the prospective physiotherapist.

How Well Trained is the Therapist?

Physiotherapists have to be licensed, which means that they must attend a recognized college, and pass the required exams. Make sure that the physiotherapist is properly qualified. Practitioners who “do a bit of physio” are more than likely not qualified.

How Long do I have to Wait for an Appointment?

It is well known that the quicker you get treatment, the shorter the recovery time. You don’t want to wait for an appointment when you are in pain. If the therapist’s appointment book is full, how willing are they to shuffle their schedule to accommodate you?

How do you Conduct the Initial Assessment?

The therapist should not only ask you questions about your injury. Physiotherapy is justly proud of its holistic approach. The therapist should also enquire about your medical history, your lifestyle, and, of course, the history of your pain.

Not all pain is caused by injury. Underlying medical conditions and aging can cause considerable pain. The sufferer would benefit greatly from a physiotherapy program. A qualified physiotherapist should conduct a thorough assessment. Anything less would show a lack of professionalism.

How Many Visits will I Need, and What can I Expect from the Treatment?

It is important that you don’t have unrealistic expectations about the outcome of your treatment. It is important that you communicate with your therapist, and more importantly, that they listen. If you instinctively don’t like the therapist at the first meeting, don’t commit to treatment. It is important that what you want to achieve coincides with what the therapist knows they can achieve.

By the same token, how long is the treatment going to take? You need to be able to commit wholeheartedly to the program in its entirety. How many visits at what frequency is required?

What Hours do you Operate, and How is Payment Handled?

Many physiotherapy practises willing to discuss payment plans and appointment times in an effort to meet your needs. Your therapist’s hours shouldn’t interfere with your lifestyle. Find a therapist that can accommodate your schedule.

It is important that you understand the therapist’s fee structure and how they expect to be paid. Some health schemes will accept physiotherapy; some won’t. Some therapists will claim directly from the medical insurance; some won’t. It is important that you know the answers before you commit.

When looking for a physiotherapist, don’t be scared of asking these and other questions. You are paying for the service and you should expect, and get, value for your money. There are many charlatans and fly-by-nights out there; be careful and do your homework.


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