What is physiotherapy?
The updated physiotherapy scope of practice states that, physiotherapy is the assessment of neuromuscular, musculoskeletal and cardio respiratory systems, the diagnosis of diseases or disorders associated with physical dysfunction, injury or pain and the treatment, rehabilitation and prevention or relief of physical dysfunction, injury or pain to develop, maintain, rehabilitate or augment function and promote mobility. (Physiotherapy Act, 1991)
Physiotherapy is an ever evolving field of practice through appraising and integrating new research and scientific evidence into clinical practice. Physiotherapy is an integral part of our healthcare system and can not only be found in hospitals and private clinics, but also in schools, retirement homes, research facilities and many more.
Who is your Physiotherapist?
Physiotherapists are highly educated health professionals whose aim is to deliver the highest quality care to their patients. Physiotherapists based their intervention upon the most up-to-date scientific evidence. Physiotherapists are trained in the assessment and rehabilitation of various body systems like the musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary and neurological systems. A physiotherapy intervention include thorough physical examination and careful customized treatment planning.
Who can see a Physiotherapist?
Physiotherapists are primary healthcare professionals, anyone can have direct access to physiotherapist, i.e. without the need for a doctor’s referral. However, depending on your extended health coverage, you may need to be referred to a physiotherapist by your family doctor. Access to publicly funded physiotherapy may also require referral by your medical doctor.
How is your Physiotherapy coverage?
1) Extended health coverage
- Your employer may offer health insurance benefits. Please check your coverage
- Work safety insurance
- Motor vehicle accidents benefits
2) Private coverage / out-of-pocket
3) You can receive publicly funded physiotherapy at Community Physiotherapy Clinics. However, this requires referral from medical doctor or nurse practitioner, and covers:
- people under 18 ,or over 65;
- people receiving ODSP;
- following an overnight stay in hospital for a condition that requires physiotherapy
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