Is a doctor’s referral required to start physiotherapy?

No, we do not require a doctor’s referral to book an appointment. Some insurance companies do require a prescription in order for physiotherapy services to be covered. We recommend checking with your insurance company!

Is physiotherapy at Woolwich Physiotherapy covered by OHIP?

Unfortunately, no. In order for physiotherapy services to be covered by OHIP, you must attend an OHIP-funded Physiotherapy Clinic. OHIP clinics are only accessible for eligible patients. Wait times and treatment options vary for these clinics.

Who is eligible for OHIP funded clinics?

  • Seniors 65 years and older
  • 19 years and under
  • Any age after an overnight hospital stay for a condition requiring physiotherapy
  • A recipient of the Ontario Works or the Ontario Disability Support Program

What can I expect at my first appointment?

We call your first appointment an “Assessment”. An assessment typically lasts 45 min to 1 hour depending on the injury or area of concern. The physiotherapist will ask some questions about your problem and take a medical history to understand other health issues you might have that could impact recovery. 

They will work to understand what your goals are, they will explain how they will assess you and ask for your consent before they start. Typically, an assessment will involved the patient doing active movements while the physiotherapist observes followed by passive movements and tests performed by the physiotherapist. After the assessment, the physiotherapist will explain their findings, how physiotherapy can help you, how long it might take and the expected outcome from the treatment. 

Most times, treatment will take place in the first appointment followed by a home-exercise program prescription. Remember, physiotherapy is an active therapy. We encourage active participation from our patients to perform the necessary mobility, strength and motor control exercises at home in order to maximize their rehab.

What is a physiotherapist’s education?

Today, all registered physiotherapists must complete a university Undergraduate Degree (ie. BSc, BA, BEd) before applying to a Master of Physical Therapy program (MScPT) at one of fifteen programs in Canada (or internationally). Admissions to these programs are competitive and require exceptional academic performance.

Following the completion of their Masters program, students must complete the national Physiotherapy Competency Exam (PCE): a written national exam followed by a 4-hour clinical exam. Successful candidates are then able to register as a physiotherapist with their provincial college.

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