Arlington Frequently Asked Questions About Physiotherapy

Do I need a doctor referral to see a registered physiotherapistphysical therapist?

You do not need to be referred by a physician in order to make an appointment at Shirley Beck Physical TherapY. You can make an appointment independently if you have concerns about an ongoing or acute physical situation.

Does my physical therapist communicate with my doctor?

Yes, if your physician or other health care professional has referred you to me, I will send progress reports to keep them updated with your progress. If your physiotherapist has a medical concern regarding your care, they will discuss them with you and follow up with your doctor. At Shirley Beck Physical I will work closely with your team of health care professionals, including coaches and trainers, to ensure the best management of your needs.

How long will my first appointment be?

Your first physiotherapy session will take approximately 45 minutes to an hour and includes an initial assessment of your concerned areas followed by an initial treatment. Each of our clients receives a comprehensive evaluation and examination in a private one-on-one treatment room. When all concerns are recognized and evaluated, a diagnosis is made and our findings are discussed with each client before developing an individualized treatment plan that works for you and your lifestyle.

What should I wear to my appointment?

It is best to wear comfortable, breathable clothing to your appointment. Shorts and a t-shirt are best if you are undergoing exercise therapy in the gym, as well as a pair of runners.