Physiotherapy to most people seem unfamiliar and they are usually left wondering what happens at a physio clinic. Most people think it’s just massage. We even had someone call to say they had a stroke and they needed a physiotherapist to come and “massage their body”. Often, we’d laugh and quietly yet firmly educate such persons on who we are and what we do as physiotherapists.
Whether we meet at your office, our clinic, in your home or on the playground, a good evaluation is very essential to your treatment. Here are a few things to consider when scheduling or appearing for your first meeting with our physiotherapist
- Relax – consider it as meeting with a friend who can help with something important to you.
- Open – do not think to hide an event or fact that you know may be helpful.
- Honest – provide truthful answers. Your physiotherapist is not there to judge you
- Precise – we love to hear your stories, so please keep it straight to the point
These points may seem too easy, but ‘easy does it’.
After giving your history, which is basically what happened to warrant a visit to the clinic, your physio will want to look at the area of complaint(s). for this we recommend
- Wearing loose comfortable clothing. Preferably a short and tee shirt or exercise wear.
- If you’re uncomfortable in such brief clothing for whatever reason, you may request a chaperone [usually someone of the same gender as you] to stay in on the evaluation
- Your physiotherapist will do everything to make you comfortable, but should they omit a factor, kindly request for it
There usually is a lot of prodding and poking, and lots of checking here and thereby the physiotherapist. So, expect this and let him/her know where it hurts or you’re unable to move. Also, do not be surprised if your physio decides to check an area that you didn’t mention to her. She’s suitably trained to see/detect things and also be sure that your pain area isn’t coming from another source. For example, a client with a knee problem may see the physio checking the hip joint above and ankle joint below the painful knee.
If you did not come with a doctor’s note, at this point your Physio will make a diagnosis, educate you about the condition and listen to your goals. After which they may give you a home exercise program to do. When you leave your physio, he/she will map out your treatment plan. Be sure to book your next appointment at the front desk or with your physio if it’s an out of office appointment.
- Before you leave your appointment, ASK QUESTIONS. Please do not hesitate to ask your physio any questions whatsoever. Remember your physio considers ‘patient education’ an integral part of their job.