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POST OPERATIVE KNEE REPLACEMENT in Mississauga, Etobicoke & Oakville

These surgeries are usually recommended for patients who have advanced osteoarthritis and/or degenerative changes. It takes a lot of rehabilitation after the surgery to get the knee to a good functional level.

What Happens at the Hospital after Knee Replacement Surgery?

  • Patients will receive in-patient Physiotherapy at the hospital where they will work on regaining their range of motion and start with some gentle strengthening exercises.
  • Physiotherapists at the hospital will also teach the patient how to walk with a walker and go up and down stairs before they are discharged home.
  • Once at home, there will be some homecare Physiotherapy services that are provided.
  • A Physiotherapist will visit the home once a week and continue to work on progressing the exercises for the patient.
  • Once all this is completed, there will still be some remaining pain, limitations of movement and strength deficits.
  • It is therefore important to seek out Physiotherapy in the community to continue working on these remaining issues to achieve full recovery.

How do I select a Physiotherapist in the Community to continue my Recovery?

Frequently Asked Questions:

Do I need a doctor’s referral to see a Physiotherapist in the community?

Registered Physiotherapists are considered to be primary care providers and therefore you do not need a doctor’s referral to receive Registered Physiotherapy care. However, if you have any extended health care (EHC) insurance that covers physiotherapy treatments, they may need a doctor’s referral to approve the coverage. If you do have any EHC, then it may be worthwhile to call the company and find out the details of the coverage prior to coming in for your initial appointment.

Will the treatments be covered by OHIP?

PhysioNow is a private practice and therefore our services are not covered by OHIP. We do however accept extended health care insurance and can bill electronically on your behalf if your plan allows us to do so. If you do not have any EHC, we can offer a reduced fee to reduce some of the financial stress of receiving treatment.

How do I receive Physiotherapy Services covered by OHIP?

To receive physiotherapy services covered by OHIP, you have to attend an OHIP-licensed clinic and you have to meet certain eligibility criteria.

    • 65 years of age and older;
    • 19 years of age and younger; or
    • Recently discharged as an inpatient from a hospital and in need of physiotherapy services that are directly connected to the condition, illness or injury for which the person was admitted to the hospital

Our administrative staff can certainly help you with any further clarifications if necessary.

How fast can I book an appointment?

Since we have several locations, we can get patients in for treatment fairly quickly. We try our hardest to work within a patient’s availability and most often are able to schedule new patients in on the very same day!

What should I wear for the appointment?

Since we are assessing the knee, you should bring a pair of shorts so that the knee is easily visible and accessible.

How long will the first visit take?

The first visit usually takes about 1 hour to complete. During this visit, the Physiotherapist will meet with the patient and go through an assessment. Once the assessment is completed, the Physiotherapist will also provide some treatment that same day, which will include some modalities, hands on therapy, exercises and education.

How long do follow-up visits take?

The follow-up visits usually take between 40-45 mins depending on the nature of the treatment provided and the number of exercises that are done. The Physiotherapist will also re-assess the patient after every couple of visits to track any changes and progress the treatment as required.

How many visits will it take before I am fully recovered?

The number of visits that is needed to fully recover is different for every patient. Everyone heals at a different rate and it is difficult to set out a firm timeline. In general, the majority of patients complete about 8-12 weeks of treatment and as they improve, more and more of the treatment can be completed independently at home.

I know there are different locations of PhysioNow. Can I book an assessment at one office and then a follow-up at a different office if necessary?

Yes, you can definitely have your assessment at one office and your follow up at another office if necessary. We try our best to accommodate what works best with you and your schedule so if one location works better than another, there is no issue with changing locations. We can send over your treatment file to the appropriate office so that the Physiotherapist seeing you has all the information and can provide ongoing treatment.

We hope that these FAQs provide you with the information that you are looking for and helps you choose us for your Physiotherapy care.

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