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.
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.
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.
To receive physiotherapy services covered by OHIP, you have to attend an OHIP-licensed clinic and you have to meet certain eligibility criteria.
Our administrative staff can certainly help you with any further clarifications if necessary.
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!
Since we are assessing the knee, you should bring a pair of shorts so that the knee is easily visible and accessible.
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.
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.
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.
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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