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.

How much does it cost to see a physiotherapist?

Physiotherapists are considered to be professionals in primary health care, like physicians or dentists, and their fees vary from province to province and according to their conditions of practice.  

Research has shown that less than 10% 100% of patients pay all costs associated with their physiotherapy services themselves. For many Canadians, their health insurance provider pays all or a portion of the cost of these services.

Physiotherapists working in the private sector may bill clients directly or third-party payers such as private health insurance plans or occupational health and safety commissions. Provincial health insurance plans may also provide coverage for some or all of the costs of physiotherapy services provided in hospitals or community clinics.

If you plan to see a physiotherapist in a private clinic, you should contact your health insurance provider to confirm the degree of coverage for such services. If you see a physiotherapist in a hospital clinic, the service may be paid for in whole or in part by your provincial health insurance plan.

Every case is unique and so is every patient. Therefore, do not hesitate to ask your physiotherapist about the costs of your care.   

Women’s health

Physiotherapists are active in treating a wide range of issues related to women’s health, for example prenatal and postnatal care, complications from breast cancer, management of osteoporosis, pelvic pain or urinary incontinence. These problems can significantly affect your health, but also your physical and psychological well-being, your participation in everyday activities and can even affect your identity as a woman.

Your physiotherapist is familiar with a woman’s body, its components and how they work. He is able to find solutions to loss of mobility in the context of overall health.

Heart and respiratory health

Your ability to provide your lungs, heart and circulatory system with the oxygen they need to stay physically active depends on your level of “cardiorespiratory fitness” also known as “aerobic fitness”. If your cardiorespiratory fitness is at risk, you will have difficulty breathing – which could cause coughing, wheezing, or shortness of breath. Your vitality and even your sense of well-being could be affected. 

Physiotherapists have the skills to manage acute or chronic respiratory or cardiovascular problems. They can help you improve the function and capacity of your cardiorespiratory system 2 .

Your physiotherapist may use respiratory and secretion clearance techniques and prescribe exercises that will help increase your strength and endurance.

Orthopedic health

Many people do not take care of structures in their bodies such as bones, joints, tendons and ligaments… until pain occurs. 

If you are experiencing musculoskeletal issues, your physiotherapist will assess your pain, analyze your movement, posture, strength and flexibility, and prescribe the appropriate therapy. 

Manual therapy and exercise therapy from your physiotherapist can reduce pain, improve joint mobility and strength, restore physical function and prevent future injuries, in addition to making your daily activities easier.

Cardiorespiratory division

Physiotherapists play a key role in cardiovascular (heart) and pulmonary (lung) rehabilitation, particularly in the management of patients with advanced heart or lung disease.

A physiotherapist in pulmonary rehabilitation can, for example, prescribe therapeutic exercises, guide the patient in the management of his disease, offer him psychosocial support, in particular help to quit smoking, and stimulate his motivation to increase his level of activity. physical security.

Physiotherapists are skilled in the management of acute or chronic cardiovascular problems and will work with you to improve the function and capacity of your cardiovascular system.

Using specific breathing and secretion techniques, resistance training and the prescription of therapeutic exercises, your physiotherapist will help you maintain or regain your functional autonomy.

Seniors’ Health Division

Physiotherapy is an essential service in primary health care from which many elderly people can benefit.

Physiotherapists who work exclusively with the elderly want to improve your quality of life by ensuring that you can go about your day-to-day activities with as much freedom and independence as possible.

As an essential member of multidisciplinary health care teams, physiotherapists advocate for patient-centered care and the development of ways to ensure that older patients have a say in the health decisions that affect them

Pediatrics Division

Physiotherapists have a deep understanding of the body and its various systems, including how the body evolves from birth through adolescence through adulthood.

Physiotherapists working with children use specialized clinical skills in evaluating a variety of conditions that range from developmental delays to congenital problems, deformities to physical boundaries. They are also able to manage injuries and illnesses for children of all ages and abilities.

The children’s physiotherapist focuses his treatments on optimizing movement and functional autonomy, while taking into account and taking care to maximize the full potential of the child’s growing body and mind.

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