Your most commonly asked questions, answered!
A: Physiotherapists are primary health care workers. As a result you do not need a doctors note to start Physiotherapy. Some patients extended benefits need a doctors note on file once they have had a certain number of physiotherapy treatments. However, most patients extended benefits do not require a doctors note.
Q: I was in a car accident in BC, does ICBC cover my physiotherapy sessions?
Q: I’ve never been to physiotherapy before what can I expect during my first visit?
A: The first visit will consist of a subjective assessment where your physiotherapist will ask some questions regarding your pain or injury. An objective assessment will also be done where the physiotherapist will perform tests to confirm the diagnosis of your injury. Once that has been communicated with you, a treatment plan will be developed and then treatment will begin.
Q: What is good posture for sitting?
A: For static posture, typically it is recommended that the chin be tucked back, shoulder blades set back (but not squeezing too hard), more flat in the upper back, and slightly tilted forward at the pelvis. Often times, the best position is the “next” position. Meaning, rather than hold a certain position for an hour, get up 2-3 times an hour so that you aren’t stuck in one spot for too long.
Q: How much pain is “ok”?
A: It will always vary from person to person, and the amount of pain someone is starting with, but as a general rule, we can suggest a 2/10 pain difference during an activity is reasonable, as long as it goes down to baseline within 30-60 minutes after the activity has stopped. For example, if someone starts with 3/10 pain in the knee and it goes up to 5/10 it is ok, as long as it goes back down to 3/10 after. If not, it means the person likely surpassed the pain threshold that is ideal and they need to consider that the next time they try the activity.