What to Expect

What to Expect During your First Visit with a Physiotherapist

Although each Physiotherapist’s process will vary, there are a number of things you can expect at your first appointment.

Before your appointment

As a new patient, you will need to complete a medical history questionnaire before you meet with your Physiotherapist. Topics on the form may include:

  • Personal and family medical history
  • Major illnesses you have experienced
  • Surgeries or operations you have had
  • Medications you are taking
  • A description of your present condition
  • The steps you have taken to manage your condition
  • Your diet and exercise
  • Your sleeping habits, daily activities, work routine, stress level, and home life

During your appointment

At your first appointment with your Physiotherapist, he or she will review the information on your health questionnaire along with any relevant surgical notes and medical records, and he or she will discuss your health concerns with you. Your therapist will then complete an extensive assessment that will evaluate:

  • Level of pain
  • Movement patterns
  • Strength
  • Joint range of motion
  • Reflexes
  • Sensation
  • Your diet and exercise

He or she will then analyze the assessment findings and use clinical reasoning to establish a clinical diagnosis. The Physiotherapist will work in partnership with you to develop a treatment plan that is consistent with your goals and general health status, and which incorporates approaches and techniques supported by the best evidence available. You will have the opportunity at this point to ask any questions you may have regarding your condition and treatment.

After your appointment

After your initial appointment, you will see your Physiotherapist on a regular basis to carry out your full recovery plan. The frequency and duration of your treatment will depend on your injury and condition and your recovery goals.