The COVID-19 Pandemic got us thinking about how much we like helping people like you! When we didn’t get to see you in person we worried that things would never go back to normal. Life is hardly back to “normal” but we are open and have heard from many of you! In order to stay connected, we are going to send out a monthly Kinesis Connect e-blast. This e-blast will be filled with useful tips and information. We hope you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed writing it.
Let’s de-bunk a few myths about physiotherapy!
- I require a doctor’s referral for physiotherapy. False! Physical therapists or physiotherapists (they are the same thing!) are primary care providers, meaning you do not need to see your family doctor prior to seeing a physical therapist. The physical therapist’s role is to keep your family doctor or specialist informed. Keeping this communication open is important, especially when they need to coordinate with your family doctor regarding imaging, injections, and other relevant components of the treatment plan.
- Physical therapy only treats injuries. False! Physical therapists have a wide range of knowledge that is not limited to injury. For example, in pediatrics they can address scoliosis, head shape management, and torticollis management. In neurology services, they are integral in the recovery and management of stroke, Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis. In cardiorespiratory services, they help with chronic heart and lung diseases, such as COPD and pulmonary fibrosis to help with cardiovascular endurance and breathing management. At Kinesis Physical Therapy, we also offer programs in concussion management, pelvic rehabilitation and ergonomic consulting. The physical therapist’s role is to restore, maximize and maintain your movement and function.
I need imaging (Xray, Ultrasound, MRI) before going to physiotherapy. False! After the assessment, your physical therapist has a solid understanding of what you are experiencing and what is the cause. Thus, your physical therapist is able to provide a diagnosis. If they think imaging is required and would change the treatment plan, then they will communicate that with your family doctor.