Choosing a medical care professional is a big decision. It is not uncommon for patients to find themselves in a less than ideal situation because they are unsure of their options. Before you find yourself in a sticky situation, there are certain things that you can consider before choosing your physiotherapist.
One of the main ways that clients and physiotherapists connect is by referral, whether it is by physician or friend. Getting suggestions from someone you trust, gives an air of credibility but what works for some does not work for all. While referrals are great, they are only the first step to finding a clinic that works for you.
Dividing your expectation between clinic and care is a good place to start your search.
Care – Any practicing medical professional should have a bachelors or masters degree. If these credentials are important in your decision making, it is important to verify that these are present. Training will vary from person to person, as will the time that physiotherapists can dedicate to their clients. A very busy and fully-staffed clinic might make it easier to get an appointment but it might mean more time spent with assistants or students. No matter the reason for your visit, you want to be comfortable with the person you are dealing with.
Clinic – Location is a major part of choosing a clinic that suits you. Finding a specialist that you like is great, but long commutes are not ideal or always possible. For example, physiotherapy in downtown Vancouver is best for those who work in the area. Scheduling is also a major point of consideration. If you work during the week, you want to make sure that your clinic is opened and available evenings and weekends.
In addition to location and timing, specialized areas are a key factor as well. Physiotherapy can treat anything from sports injuries, to stroke victims and even tooth trauma. Having a physician diagnose your problem area can help you choose the right physiotherapist for you.