Physiotherapist – How Do I Choose?
Not all injuries or conditions are the same. Not all physiotherapists have the same training or experience. Knowing which physiotherapist is best for you is a combination of technical skills, convenience and chemistry.
Choosing the correct physiotherapist is an important task. If you do not have a regular physiotherapist, knowing who to consult can be difficult. Like any other service, asking your friends or family for recommendations is a good place to start. Reviews on the internet can also be helpful in narrowing your search. If in doubt, calling each office and asking questions about experience and training can help.
All physiotherapists are trained at the University level and all are registered with Physiotherapy Alberta College & Association. Most experienced physiotherapists have an undergraduate degree in physiotherapy, while most new graduates have a master degree. Most are trained in acupuncture and manipulation, some have advanced training and are allowed to requisition x-rays and diagnostic ultrasounds. A few have completed post-professional doctorates or other advanced degrees. For most car accident patients, treatment by a physiotherapy generalist achieves desirable results. For resistant or complex cases, a Clinical Specialist or Advance Practice Physiotherapist may be required.
Physiotherapy is a commitment. Typical treatments can range from 1X per week to daily attendance. Although most treatment plans are completed within 6 to 15 visits, resistant cases can require ongoing regular care. Choosing a clinic which is convenient is not a must, but a strong consideration for recovery.
If you cannot laugh with your physiotherapist, you may not have chemistry. In any type of relationship, chemistry is key. Chemistry starts with Trust and Consistency. It later develops into a journey of recovery where there may be difficult conversations, tears, and yes, laugher every once and a while. Physiotherapy is about training and exercise. Your physiotherapist is there not only to assess, treat, and document, but also to motivate and provide support.
Next Steps in Choosing a Physiotherapist
If you are looking for a physiotherapist, here are 3 most common way of selecting.
1. Ask a Friend or Family Member
If you know somebody who you trust, ask if they have a recommendation of a physiotherapist. Often, the people who know you best can give you some of the best advice.
2. Search Google
If you plan on finding a physiotherapist online, look for the Google Reviews. Like any other service or product, you cannot believe everything you read on the internet. However, if you see a lot of positive reviews, you can bet that the physiotherapist must be doing right.
If you are unsure of how to find a physiotherapist, email us at ask@albertaPT.com.