How do I prepare for the first session?
Wear comfortable clothing that is easy to move in. Make sure that you are well-hydrated and well-rested.
Bring your prescription or referral from your primary care physician, and also your insurance card if your insurance is paying for the session.
What happens during the first session?
The first physiotherapy session usually starts with a physical examination. The physiotherapist may test your flexibility and range of motion, as well as your physical strength.
The therapist may ask you to go through a few exercises under their supervision, and will discuss your short- and long-term goals for the treatment.
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What happens after the session?
You may feel tired after the session, with some achy muscles. If you feel severe aches or pains, notify your physiotherapist and physician.
The therapist will design an exercise program that you can do at home, which will help you maintain muscle strength and improve flexibility and range of motion. This type of “homework” is common, but the specifics will be different depending on each patient’s needs.
What happens in future sessions?
The therapist will ask you whether the exercises are working for you and if any of them are too difficult or easy. If you have problems completing any of the exercises, inform your therapist, who can then modify the exercises accordingly.
Last updated: Sept. 26, 2019
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