What To Expect
Your First Appointment
When you come to Body Works for your first appointment , we will ask you to fill out a new patient form before your Initial Physiotherapy Assessment begins. To fill out a form in advance of your visit, please click here to print a copy of our New Patient Information Form.
Alternately, we would be pleased to email you a copy of the form, upon request through our Contact Us page.
Otherwise, if you wish to fill out a form when you first arrive, we ask that you come 10 minutes before your appointment time to allow you the time to complete the form before your session begins. If the receptionist is not available when you arrive, there will be a form waiting for you in the reception area.
At the beginning of your first appointment, we will talk with you about your history, including your injured area or other problem areas. We will ask questions about how your injury occurred, as well as what your current symptoms are and what makes your symptoms feel better and worse.
We’ll ask about previous injuries, other current or past medical conditions, as well as your daily activities such as work, sports and hobbies in order to determine factors contributing to your problem. We’ll also review any special tests, such as x-rays reports, CT scan reports, or MRI reports, that you’ve had done to see how they may be related to your current symptoms.
We will then complete a physical assessment of your body, including looking at your posture, joints and muscles, as well as a biomechanical exam to determine your patterns of movement and problem areas. Along with your history, this will help us determine the cause of your pain and dysfunction and how to treat it most effectively and efficiently.
We will discuss our findings with you, educate you about the prognosis of your injury. We will set up a treatment plan, in conjunction with your needs and wishes, that will work for you to help resolve your problem.
If time allows during this first appointment, we will aim to begin some treatment and potentially start you on a home exercise to get you started on your rehabilitation.
Initial Physiotherapy Assessments are 55 minutes or 30 minutes in duration.
We recommend a 55 minute first appointment to allow us time to review all of your information with you and complete a detailed Whole Body Assessment so that we are able to fully determine all components of your injury and what is required to start you on the path to recovery. However, we also provide 30 minute Initial Physiotherapy Assessments. These shorter Initial Physiotherapy Assessment sessions are reserved generally for simple or more acute injuries or upon request. However, if you choose a shorter Initial Physiotherapy Assessment session it may require two shorter sessions to be able to fully complete your assessment and have the time to cover the same information as one longer initial session. Please schedule a follow-up visit after your initial assessment in the event one is needed to continue your assessment and treatment.
What to Bring With You
In order to be prepared for your initial physiotherapy assessment, please bring along:
- Any test results, including x-ray, CT Scan or MRI reports, or any specialist reports that you have.
- A workbook and pen to make notes about your treatment and exercises.
- Please wear or bring along shorts. However, if you forget them, we have some you can borrow.
- Women, please wear a regular bra or a bra that does not cover your spine.
- Please bring along footwear that may contribute to your symptoms and/or orthotics that you are currently using for support.
If you have any further questions about what to bring, please Contact Us.
We will also require you to fill out a new patient registration form before your first session. You may fill out the form in advance by clicking on New Patient Information Form or by requesting it ahead of time by through our Contact Us page. Alternately, please arrive 10 minutes early for your appointment to allow you time to fill out the form. If the physiotherapist is busy in the treatment room and the receptionist is not available, a copy of the form will be waiting for you in the waiting area. Please provide the physiotherapist your completed form at the beginning of your session.
Subsequent appointments, or follow-up visits, can be 30 or 60 minutes in length. Based on your initial assessment, your therapist will make a recommendation on whether your injuries are more suited to longer or shorter follow-up treatment sessions. Treatment duration and frequency may also dependent upon your extended health and times that you are able to attend. These issues will be discussed together to determine what will work best for you.
During these subsequent sessions, we will ask how you are doing and how you felt after the previous assessment or treatment. This helps us to determine your response to treatment. As well, based upon your initial response to treatment, as well as the complexity of your injury, we will better able to determine the anticipated number of treatments that may be necessary to help you get better. The ultimate goal of treatment is your physical improvement, reduction of symptoms and a return to your desired activity.
Your follow-up treatment sessions may involve various forms of treatment, such as Manual Therapy, ultrasound, IMS, Acupuncture, Movement Retraining and Functional Exercise. Your treatment will be individualized to attend to your specific needs and wishes. We will explain all of our proposed treatment plans and review it with you so that you understand and agree to the treatment plan.