A typical story for some clients that come to see us at Strive Physiotherapy & Performance is “this pain has been bothering me FOREVER but I thought it would go away… now it’s so bad I can’t handle it anymore”. Some clients will only wait a few days after they start to notice a problem before seeking our help…. others will wait for years! Let’s take a look at some barriers that prevent people from seeking out help for their injury or condition.
1) “I’m too busy right now!”
When you’re the most busy and stressed, your pain is typically worse. Pain can be affected (in a negative OR a positive way!) by many personal factors like your prior experience with pain, your expectation of pain intensity, and the amount of stress in your life. If your schedule is really full, we can discuss this at your initial assessment to determine a treatment plan that will work best for you. Typically we do NOT need to see you multiple times in a week for many months on end for you to get better. Your appointments may be spread out over many weeks to guide your recovery, but your treatment plan will be unique to you and your situation. As physiotherapists, we want our clients to get better as fast as possible, but we also want our clients to know how to best manage their injury on their own!
2) “I’m just waiting for it to go away on its own”
While some injuries may “go away on their own”, here are some factors to consider when deciding whether or not you need help with your injury/condition.
3) “I can’t get in to see my family doctor!”
Fortunately, physiotherapists are primary access practitioners, and you don’t need to get a referral from your family physician in order to see a physiotherapist. Physiotherapists are also trained to look out for signs and symptoms that would indicate that you DO need to return to your family doctor if you have a condition that can not be treated by physiotherapy alone.
Please note: If submitting your physiotherapy invoices to your insurance company for reimbursement, check your plan! Some health insurance plans may require a family physician referral in order to reimburse you.
4) “I don’t like exercise”
As physiotherapists, we recognize that exercise ranks highly on some client’s priority list, and lower on others. Even if exercise is not a regular habit for you, exercises are often an important component of physiotherapy. These can include range of motion, stretching, balance, or strengthening exercises. Fortunately, your situation may be improved by only 1 or 2 simple exercises. Your physiotherapy treatment will be centered on your goals. The exercises we give to a high-level athlete may look very different compared to the exercises we give someone looking to feel less pain with their everyday activities. Spending a few minutes per day on these exercises can make a big difference for your recovery. One of our tasks as physiotherapists is to make sure that your exercises are ones that you feel confident in your ability to do by yourself at home.
Additionally, there are many other aspects of physiotherapy that can help you that don’t involve exercise! Physiotherapists will help you understand your injury, teach you how to avoid making your problem worse, and make your pain feel better. Physiotherapists can also use manual therapy (“hands-on treatment”) on muscles and joints in order to improve their function and decrease pain. Physiotherapists can also use heat, cold, acupuncture, or electrical current modalities for pain, depending on each individual’s injury.
5) “But I don’t have any pain”
Sometimes clients feel like they shouldn’t be going to physiotherapy because they don’t have any pain. This couldn’t be farther from the truth!
Physiotherapy can treat :
For more examples, take a look at our blog, “7 Things You Didn’t Realize Physiotherapy Could Help With"
At Strive Physiotherapy & Performance, we want to help our clients improve their lives by decreasing pain, increasing function, or assisting with other obstacles that we are capable of helping with. If we are unable to support your needs, we will be sure to refer you to someone who can.
Still not sure whether physiotherapy is right for you? Call us at 519-895-2020 to discuss your situation! Or you can use our online booking tool on www.strivept.ca to book an appointment with one of our knowledgeable physiotherapists, and they will be sure to help you understand your condition.
Physiotherapist at Strive Physiotherapy & Performance
Strive Physiotherapy & Performance
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