What do you need to know about
Gateway Physiotherapy in North Bay
Physiotherapy promotes wellness, mobility and independent function. Physiotherapists have advanced understanding of how the body moves, what keeps it from moving well and how to restore mobility.
At Gateway Physiotherapy Center your physiotherapists work as part of a team with you and sometimes other health care providers or sports coaches. The success of your physiotherapy program usually requires your co-operation outside of our physiotherapy clinic. You will probably be required to participate in an exercise program or some modifications to your postural or lifestyle habits. Your dedication to your physiotherapy "homework" will greatly enhance the outcome of your physiotherapy program and will help you to achieve your goals as quickly as possible.
You can expect your physiotherapist will follow the system below to ensure that your time at Gateway Physiotherapy and at home is used effectively to reach your goals.
- Assess your symptoms.
- Diagnose your condition.
- Plan your treatment.
- Treat your condition.
- Continually evaluate the effect of treatment on your condition and adjust the treatment plan if necessary.
- Help you to manage your condition at home and to prevent reoccurrence of problems.
- Communicate with any other health professionals involved with your condition, such as your doctor, to ensure a united approach to achieving your goals.
At Gateway Physiotherapy Center our physiotherapists keep up-to-date with the latest in medical and sports science research to help them select treatments that have been scientifically proven to help your condition. This is called "Evidence Based Practice".
What can I expect on my first visit?
During your first visit you can expect the following:
Our physiotherapists at Gateway Physiotherapy Center in North Bay will conduct your initial evaluation and discuss the following:
- Your current condition and cause of the injury.
- Your past medical history including medications, tests, and procedures related to your health and current problem.
- The intensity of your pain – for example, when and what aggravates the pain and what you currently do to ease the pain.
- How your condition/pain is impacting your daily activities. What are your functional limitations?
- What you hope to achieve from physiotherapy i.e.: setting your individual goals.
You will be evaluated by one of our licensed and highly trained physiotherapists at Gateway Physiotherapy Center. The therapist will perform an objective evaluation which may include some of the following:
- Palpation – touching around the area of the pain/problem. This is done to check for tenderness, possible swelling, soft tissue integrity, tissue temperature, or deformity.
- Range of Motion (ROM) – the therapist may move certain joints, to check for the quality of movement and to assess for any abnormalities of these joints as well as the ligaments, muscles, and tendons that surround them.
- Active Movement and Strength – the therapist may check for strength and the quality of the muscle contraction. Pain and weakness may be noted. Often the muscle strength is graded.
- Neurological Screening – the therapist may check to see how the nerves are communicating with the muscles, sensing touch, pain, vibration, or temperature. Reflexes may be assessed as well.
- Special Tests – the therapist may perform special tests to confirm/rule out the presence of additional problems.
- Posture Assessment – the positions of joints relative to ideal and each other may be assessed.
Your physiotherapist at Gateway Physiotherapy Center will review your symptoms and physical findings from their examination and discuss the findings with you. Together you will plan your treatment. The therapist will continually evaluate the effect of treatment on your condition and adjust the treatment plan if necessary. Your plan will also help you manage your condition at home and educate you on how to prevent reoccurrence of problems.
What do I need to bring with me?
Bring your physiotherapy prescription from your doctor if you have one. You do not need a doctor's referal to come for physiotherapy. In most cases, health insurance will cover your treatment. If you are covered by auto insurance, make sure you bring this information. You can fill out the forms found in the "forms to fill out section" before you attend. If not, you will be asked to sign forms when you arrive for your assessment.
How should I dress?
You should wear loose fitting clothing so that your Gateway Physiotherapy Center physiotherapists can easily move your joints and entire body as that helps us perform a thorough examination. You should be able to expose the area that we will be evaluating and treating. For example, if you have a knee problem, it is best to wear shorts. For a shoulder problem, a sleeveless tank top is a good choice. For low back problems, wear loose fitting shirt and shorts.
How long will each treatment last?
Plan for a minimum of half an hour, and a maximum of one hour. This depends on whether your appointment is an assessment or treatment. Assessment are always one full hour and include a treatment. Treatments are usually around 30 minutes to one hour depending on your symptoms.
How many visits will I need?
This is highly variable and depends on several factors including your type of injury, your personal medical history, and how well your condition responds to the treatment. You may need only one visit or you may require several visits and many months of care. Your physiotherapist at Gateway Physiotherapy Center will discuss with you how many visits you may require. Your progress will be re-evaluated on an ongoing basis and will assist your physiotherapist in adjusting your frequency of treatment as needed.
What will I have to do after Physiotherapy?
Your physiotherapist in North Bay will be very specific regarding what you need to do independently once you have stopped your physiotherapy sessions. Some patients will need to continue with home exercises to manage their injury or avoid a recurrence. Some may be asked to return for a follow-up several months later. Others will complete their rehabilitation and return to normal daily activities without an ongoing home-program or need for further follow-up. It is important that you ask your physiotherapist specifically about what you should do once you are no longer attending regular physiotherapy treatments, and that you clearly communicate your goals to your therapist, so he/she can develop a custom home program tailored just for you.
What should I look for in a physiotherapist
These are some things you may consider when looking for a physiotherapist:
- The physiotherapist should be licensed with the College of Physiotherapist of Ontario
- The first visit should include a thorough medical history and physical examination before any treatment is rendered.
- Your goals should be discussed in detail during the first visit.
- The physiotherapist should be open and willing to discuss any questions you have about your problem on an ongoing basis.
- Your physiotherapist should provide the majority of treatment.
- Does the clinic have any physiotherapists with special training or experience that can address your unique problem area? (e.g. vestibular rehab, urinary incontinence, post-stroke)
What are the hours of operation?
Our clinic operates Monday to Friday. We have evening hours available as well as early morning hours for your convenience.
- Monday 7 a.m to 6 p.m
- Tuesday 7 a.m to 6 p.m
- Wednesday 7 a.m to 5 p.m
- Thursday 7 a.m to 5 p.m
- Friday 7 a.m to 4 p.m
Physiotherapy, Massage Therapy and Aquatic Therapy are covered under most extended health plans through your work. You will be asked to pay for your visit with cash, check, Visa or MasterCard.
We do provide direct billing with specific insurance companies.