How a session works
On your first visit, your physiotherapist or physical rehabilitation therapist will review your condition, i.e., your abilities and physical functions. The therapist will ask what brought you in for a consultation and ask about your medical history (current health problems, allergies, past medical issues, medical tests performed, list of medications). You will be asked to describe the symptoms and limitations you experience in your day-to-day life.
The physiotherapy professional will also conduct some physical tests during this visit. Physiotherapists perform tests to analyze the problems affecting you, establish the cause, and offer a physiotherapeutic diagnosis, while physical rehabilitation therapists document problems already identified by a referring physician or physiotherapist.
After these tests, the professional will go over the results and let you know what can be done to help you recover, maintain, or maximize your abilities and physical functions. The therapist will make sure you understand the situation and work with you to establish a suitable treatment plan that meets your expectations and goals. This plan will include treatments that may begin during the first session or at the next session. You may also be given advice and instructions specific to your condition so you can learn how to play an active role in your rehabilitation.