When Do I Need to See a Physiotherapist?
Physiotherapy is a science-based medical profession in which practitioners work to restore, maintain, or improve physical mobility, function, and well-being, or to decrease pain in the human body. There are many reasons why you would want to visit one, but here is a partial list, below.
1. If your doctor refers you.
Your doctor may refer you or suggest that you see a physiotherapist depending on your condition. In Canada, a referral may be needed in order to be reimbursed by your health insurance. You may, however, make an appointment without a referral.
2. If you are recovering from a painful injury.
For example, fractures and sprains can sometimes be hard to recover from. If you feel like your recovery is slow or painful, you may want to seek advice from a physiotherapist.
Those recovering from broken hips or femurs or broken shoulders are routinely sent to see a physiotherapist to recover both strength and a full range of motion.
3. If you are learning to live with a chronic illness.
This is true especially if you have an illness that affects your mobility.
4. Chronic pain.
Chronic pain is always a good reason to see a physiotherapist who may be able to help.
5. If you are an athlete.
Athletes need to be in top physical condition all the time. For that reason, they usually see a physiotherapist regularly.
Physiotherapists can help with many conditions. If you're wondering if you might benefit from seeing one, make an appointment and talk to the physiotherapist. You might be surprised at how much they can help.
Total Care Health, based in Surrey, BC, offers science-based therapy in a compassionate environment. They have chiropractors, kinesiologists, physiotherapists, and massage therapists available to help you.
If you have any questions about this article, or you would like to book an appointment with one of our professionals, please call us at (604) 854-3090.