Do I have to see a doctor first before seeing a physiotherapist?

Physiotherapists are primary health care professionals. So you don’t need to see your doctor first before seeing them. In fact, most Canadians see their physiotherapist with direct access to health care.   

In hospitals and in the case of acute care, a consultation with a physiotherapist may be requested by a doctor or another member of the care team taking care of you.  

Some supplemental health insurance plans may require prior consultation with a physician to consent to reimbursement for your physiotherapy services.   

Physiotherapists continue to press for direct access to physiotherapy services to be an integral part of the Canadian healthcare system. Direct access to physiotherapy eliminates unnecessary referrals, saves valuable patient time, and saves healthcare costs by reducing the additional billing associated with consulting healthcare professionals.

Neurological problems

Developmental delays in children, brain trauma, stroke, multiple sclerosis or Parkinson’s disease can, for example, cause debilitating weakness, poor balance or reduced mobility which can interfere with everyone’s activities. days. The loss of mobility and physical function caused by neurological problems can also lead to deterioration of heart and respiratory capacity, fatigue, falls and, in some cases, social isolation. 

A treatment plan created by a physiotherapist that includes therapeutic exercises can improve your balance, coordination and strength, flexibility, cardiovascular function, and overall state of mind.