If you applied for short-term or long-term disability benefits, or have an injury that makes it tough to work, you’ll be expected to follow medical advice and get the help you need.
If your doctor recommends physiotherapy to assist in your recovery, you’ll want to know more about individual physiotherapists in your area.
Before choosing a physiotherapist, it’s always good to look at their blog (if they have one) and get a sense of what they’re like before you call.
I often work with clients who have been tasked by their doctors to find a good physiotherapist. Thus I’m constantly scanning the web for new and interesting blogs from local physiotherapists. To help you out, I’ve compiled a list of hamilton’s top physiotherapy bloggers (my faves):
Hamilton Physiotherapists PT Health are committed to patient education, and have created a dedicated website section for Patient Health Education.
This section is organized by Injuries & Conditions, Sports Activities, Work Activities, Injury Care and Pain Care. There is also an interactive body map on the page, on which you can select an affected area and find common issues associated with each area.
Follow on Twitter: @pthealthphysio
Although it was last updated in May 2014, the Muscle & Joint Pain Clinic blog is an excellent resource written by Dr Malik and his colleagues. There is a great library of health and wellness information that I often browse (and refer my clients to browse.)
Their Twitter account is updated daily with almost no promotional posts. They favour informative articles and links to further support your well-being.
Most of the articles are aimed at providing easy-to-follow advice for pain and symptom management, and articles relating to common issues such as Sunburns and Massage Therapy and Stretches for those who sit for most of the day!
Follow on Twitter: @muscleandjoint
The Doctors Blog is an informative blog that not only covers treatment issues, it also includes entertaining wellness information like articles on Yoga & Chiropractic, The Facts About Natural Supplements, and Is Popping Knuckles Bad For You?
The patient-centric nature of this blog, combined with the accessibility of the content make this an excellent resource for ongoing care. It is well-written, easy to navigate, and contains helpful answers to questions you’ve probably been asking for years!
The West-End Physiotherapy Clinic is a multi-disciplinary clinic serving the community since 1981. Their approach is reflected in the abundance of information in their blogs targeted at patient education on issues like Injuries & Conditions, Pain Care, Women’s Health Issues, and About Physiotherapy.
I’m also a big fan of their newsletter. It’s chock full of relevant wellness news, articles and up-to-date information about news in the community. I think it’s worth subscribing.
The Hamilton Back Clinic Blog, written by Dr. Anthony Lombardi, contains valuable information centred around acupuncture applications for various conditions, video explanations, and the causes and treatments for common conditions.
These posts will help you better understand treatment options you may be facing, and draw your attention to possible causes of symptoms you might be experiencing.
Follow on Twitter: @hamback
Throughout your recovery process, remember to visit your doctor regularly and follow your doctor’s orders. Your health always comes first!
And there’s a legal benefit too: Your staying on top of your medical care will create a file of medical reports that can help build a future case, should you need to appeal denied benefits or seek additional damages. Protect your health. Protect your future.
Finally, remember that you have nothing to hide when it comes to seeking medical advice! My advice? Find a physiotherapist whom you trust and who works close to home to make life easier.
Then, work with your lawyer to make sure you have all the documentation you need to mount your case, and keep track of all of your receipts for treatments and any additional costs like devices, supports or medication.
Photo Credit: Michael Dorausch