Endeavour Rehab

5 Common Physiotherapy Questions: Answered!

2 Physiotherapists having a conversation
Category : home postsUnderstanding Physiotherapy

1. Do I Need a Doctor’s Referral?

Physiotherapists do NOT need a referral from a doctor. We can work on you and your pain with or without a referral. Our physiotherapists do their own assessment, so your doctor’s assessment of your pain is not essential to your treatment.

The ONLY reason you might need a referral to see our therapists, is if your insurance company requires one to cover your visits. This is not a common requirement for most insurance companies, but to be sure, it is always a good idea to check your insurance company’s requirements before you come in to visit us!

2. Is Physiotherapy the Right Solution for Me?

When you’re in pain, there is a good chance there’s something our therapists can do for you.

If you are looking to STAY out of pain, our therapists can help you.

If you want to do BETTER at your favourite sport or activity, our therapists can help you.

Whether your goals are centred around getting out of pain, maintaining independence for many years to come, or becoming the top athlete in your sport, our therapists can help you move better, reduce your pain, and increase your strength and mobility.

There is ALWAYS room for improvement, and no matter how great an athlete you are, your body can always use a helping hand.

3. Is Physiotherapy Covered by OHIP?

Physiotherapy is covered for SOME PEOPLE by OHIP.

Some of the people who are covered by OHIP include:

  1. People who are 65 or older
  2. Long-term care residents over 18
  3. If you have been discharged as an inpatient at a hospital following an OVERNIGHT stay (and need physiotherapy for the condition you were hospitalized for)
  4. People who receive income from Ontario Works or Ontario Disability Support Program

(For more information visit: https://www.ontario.ca/page/get-physiotherapy?_ga=2.220568280.1730187209.1549299425-370551233.1549299425

Most of the population is NOT covered by OHIP, and will need to pay out of pocket or be covered by an independent insurance provider.

OHIP coverage is restricted to only specific clinics, and unfortunately, Endeavour is NOT one of those clinics.

4. How Long Will It Take For Me to Get Better?

Everyone is different. Even identical injuries will take different people different treatments to get better. People also have different goals and expectations. 

Do you want to get back to elite sports? Or do you want to be able to chase after your kids or grandkids? These goals have different needs. These people, even with the same injury have different abilities and will have a different starting point in recovery. They may also reach the same point in recovery, but the athlete may not be able to perform at their previous level.

You also need to consider how long you’ve waited to get in to see us. If you’ve come in immediately after an injury, it is often easier for us to get you back to your best.

5. Do I Need to Stop Doing What I Love to Get Better?

This can be a little complicated.

Obviously, if you’ve broken a leg or arm, you’ll need to stop for a while to get better, BUT for people without acute injuries, sometimes you can keep doing your regular activity and still get better.

In fact, for some people, we’ll recommend you DON’T stop your regular activity, so we can be sure your pain is gone for good!

There’s no one blanket physiotherapy plan, but seeing a physio who is aware of EVERYTHING you want and need out of treatment, you can be sure you’re getting the best treatment you can.