What to Look for Before Choosing Your Physiotherapist

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What to Look for Before Choosing Your Physiotherapist

By |2019-01-07T17:55:53+00:00November 13th, 2018|Blog|

By: Coco Ang, PT

If you’ve been experiencing aches in your body resulting from sports injury, a car accident—or aches that seemed to have sprung out of nowhere and are getting worse—you may need to consult with a physiotherapist to help relieve your pain.

Physiotherapists often provide the help patients need to deal with a number of musculoskeletal conditions that affect movement and cause pain and discomfort. So how should you go about choosing a physiotherapist that can help you treat your pain?

Here are 5 things you should consider.

The Physiotherapist’s Accreditation

First and foremost, the physiotherapist should be qualified and licensed to practice in the province. Cross-check that your physiotherapist has the required qualifications to practice.

Proper accreditation ensures that practitioners know the code of conduct, ethical medical practices, and continue to offer their services upholding professional standards.

It also ensures that your physiotherapist holds medical accountability to the board that has licensed them.

Area of Specialisation

Physiotherapists study and train for years before they obtain their qualifications and licence to practice. Furthermore, they also specialise in certain areas. This means that physiotherapists can specialise in the areas of sports injury, elder care, stroke rehabilitation, head and spine injuries and other specific area that fall under their study.

Therefore, depending on the type of injury or pain you may have, consult a physiotherapist that specifically deals in that area to ensure you get the care you need.

Treatment Methods

Physiotherapists use advanced practices that include but are not limited to the use of massages, movements and exercises as well as electrotherapies. Treatment methods may also include acupuncture as part of the program.

Make sure to check with your physiotherapist about what treatment methods they offer as part of their services and obtain a consultation in which they explain to you the method best suited for the care you need.

Private Treatment Rooms

It goes without saying that getting physiotherapy may require a certain degree of privacy to ensure the patient is completely at ease during their session.

The physiotherapist should be able to facilitate a private treatment room where patients can comfortably relay to their physiotherapist their concerns and answer questions without the fear of being overheard.

One-on-One Ratio

One of the best practices in physiotherapy demands that patients be granted a one-on-one session with a physiotherapist. The reason for this is simple: if a physiotherapist meets with the patient initially but then hands over the treatment to an assistant, the services may not be up to par as it would with the physiotherapist themselves.

Sports & Exercise Medicine Institute clinics are greater Toronto area based Sports medicine, physiotherapy and massage therapy clinics that offer a wide range of services such as sports medicine physicians, acupuncturists, chiropractors and more. To learn more about us, get in touch with us by calling at 1-844-223-7364. Our services are offered in the greater Toronto area at Sheppard, St. Clair and Thornhill.

About: Dr. Douglas Stoddard is a sports medicine physician and is the Medical Director of the Sports & Exercise Medicine Institute (SEMI). After receiving his medical degree from the University of Toronto, he trained in Australia at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra, obtaining his Master Degree in Sports Medicine. He is also a diplomat of the Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine and has his focussed practice designation in Sport Medicine from the Ontario Medical Association. Dr. Stoddard is a consultant to the Canadian Military and has consulted with well over 30,000 unique patients in his career. Dr. Stoddard is constantly searching for new and promising therapies to help SEMI patients, and is responsible for developing the RegenerVate Medical Injection Therapy Program. He is married and the proud father of two boys, is an avid triathlete and occasional guitar player.

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