Guidelines For Choosing The Right Physiotherapist For You
Physiotherapists are health care professionals who help patients reduce pain, improve mobility, and restore functional movement. In many cases physiotherapists now graduate with a Doctor of Physiotherapy degree and have direct access to patient ( don’t need a prescription from a physician). How do you choose the right one for you?
First click here read this article to understand what separates a good physiotherapist from a mediocre one. This is from a Doctors point of view.
Physiotherapy is a commitment. You may have to see them at least once a week, sometimes twice a week. Make sure that you choose a facility that you can commit to.
Physiotherapy is an extremely wide field. Just like physicians there a physical therapists throughout the medical field. Some work in emergency rooms, some work in neurological settings, some in neonatal wards is hospitals, and some in an out-patient orthopedic setting.
You can start by looking at their continuing education, the alphabet soup after their names.
Read reviews on sites like Yelp.com, Zocdoc.com, and facebook.com. Im linking to our reviews of course but there are other PTs that may be closer to you.
With the ever changing health care market it may be harder and harder to find someone in your network. Insurance companies also would like for you to think that going to an out-of-network provider will cost an arm and a leg. Many times you pay close to the same amount or a bit more for a much higher level of care. In our practice for example we give each patient our undivided attention for a full hour. We don’t rush patients out the door or work with more than one patient at a time. With our payment plans patients say that many times we are the best bang for the buck.
You should have some type of work to do at home to maintain progress. In our practice we began to experiment with session summaries. After every session you are given a summary of what we found and worked on. You are also given videos of what exercises to do, the order to them in etc. We found that works best with our patients because you may forget stuff after the session. Every physiotherapist should give you some type of home exercise plan. In 2017 every patient gets a summary after every session 🙂
Questions you should always ask:
Have you ever treated this condition before?
Based on my evaluation where do you see me in 4-6 sessions?
What type of continuing education have you taken?
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