Should I go see a physiotherapist?
Can they help me with my new injury, or is it too soon?
What if I have arthritis? What if I am just getting old and wearing out? Can a physio help?
Treatment is expensive, what if I can’t afford it?
Unfortunately, many patients go without treatment who may benefit from the many tools physiotherapists have to offer.
Let’s look at some answers to these common questions:
- New injuries, recent fractures, or highly irritable conditions can and should be seen by physiotherapists. We are sensitive to the severity, irritability and nature of the injury and are knowledgeable in contraindications and safe progression of movement or exercise. Sometimes, movement or exercise is not the treatment of choice – then we can focus on pain relief and management, swelling reduction, or use of modalities, tape, braces and supports for relief and protection. In some cases, the area of injury is not what requires treatment, but perhaps preventing nearby joints from getting stiff or weak, or breathing and stress reduction for overall tension reduction while recovering from injury.
- The aging population with degenerative conditions like arthritis are perfect candidates for physio. Physiotherapy is a frequently successful intervention in a multitude of chronic musculoskeletal, endocrine and cardiovascular conditions. Either through gentle movements, stretches, exercises, breathing, heat or ice, electrotherapy or acupuncture – we can help improve quality of life. When in pain, even a temporary relief or chance to move the body is beneficial. This approach can also reduce doctor visits and prescription medication use from chronic condition flare-ups.
- Yes, the cost of physio can be high when paying out of pocket. Fortunately, many people have extended health insurance, and if they don’t, MSP does cover a portion of physiotherapy treatments. Currently at Element, patients who qualify for MSP coverage pay a reduced rate for their appointments. We would be happy to check if you qualify for MSP coverage. Also, considering the cost of prescription medications and possible side effects, physio is a reasonable alternative. Often, even one or two visits for exercise advice, education and self-management tools can be effective, and does not require numerous treatments.
We hope this helps you when deciding whether or not to visit a physio. If you have any other questions, feel free to stop in and have a chat with one of us.
the Physiotherapy team at Element Therapeutics
Written by Kristie Norquay, Physiotherapist