Frequently Asked Questions

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Do I need a doctors referral to come into Physio?

You do not need a doctors referral to come to physiotherapy. That being said, your health plan may request a doctors referral to cover the treatment. Please check with your plan to determine if you need a referral.

What can I expect on the first day?

Your therapist will take a complete subjective history of your medical history and of your specific injury. They will complete a complete biomechanical evaluation to determine not only the tissue(s) at fault but the cause of the injury. Normally there is time to begin treatment which may include education of what your injury is and what you can do to begin treatment along with a treatment of the biomechanical injury itself. You can anticipate to be there for 45 minutes to an hour on your first visit and 30 to 45 minutes on treatment dates thereafter.

Sessions are generally done in an open environment although curtains are used when necessary and private treatment rooms are available if you desire. Please feel free to request this if it will make you feel more comfortable.

What do I need to bring?

It is helpful if you bring attire to change into to make your area of concern visable to the therapist. This may include a tank top and/or shorts. If you have anything else that may be related to the injury including shoes, orthotics, etc. that can be helpful to the therapist.

 If you would like to get a head start on your appointment, be sure to fill out and bring the appropriate  patient information form.

Can I direct bill my Health Plan?

Yes we can now with most plans.

Does Physiotherapy hurt?

The role of a physiotherapist is to determine what tissue is causing you pain. In doing so we are required to do tests that often cause some pain. The pain will be momentary and is not our goal but is a necessary evil. Treatments themselves often also cause pain to the affected area but again we do our best to limit the pain and it is for a good reason. No Pain, No Gain right?!

Do you treat WCB or Motor Vehicle Injuries?

Yes, at NHSPT we are contracted with WCB and treat all injuries including Motor Vehicle Accident injuries.

Do you have the contract with CHR for post surgical and low income?

No. There was a contract offered to Physiotherapy clinics a number of years ago that included limited treatments for post surgical patients, low income patients and post fracture patients. We declined the contract as we felt that several parts of the contract were not appropriate for us as a health clinic. This included determining the low income status of a patient by requiring clients to show us their T4. They also made the contract extremely low paying. This has resulted in many clinics that accepted the contract to jeapordize the profession in my opinion and treat patients in group sessions often with a Kinesiologist only. We hold the importance of quality very high in our clinic and as a result were not willing to sacrafice the quality of care for having the contract. For a List of Clinics