Physiotherapists are primary health care professionals who play a significant role in health promotion and the treatment of injury and disease. They combine their knowledge of the body and its function with specialized hands-on clinical skills to assess, diagnose and treat symptoms of illness, injury or disability.
Physiotherapists work with individuals of all ages to break down the barriers to physical function including:
- pre and post surgery
- helping people come back from illness
- chronic disease
- work-related injuries
- motor vehicle accidents
- age related conditions
Physiotherapists also play an important role in health promotion and disease prevention.
Types of Patients Seen
Physiotherapy has proven to be effective in the treatment and management of arthritis and can be effective treatment for those who suffer from pain in any area including:
In addition, physiotherapists have specialized training in:
- concussion management and the return to learn/play process
- balance issues
- pelvic health physiotherapy
What to Expect
During your initial visit your therapist will perform an extensive medical history. A detailed physical exam will be performed and limitations and impairments are determined. You and your physiotherapist will establish specific goals and devise a treatment plan. This treatment plan will include:
- education about your specific condition
- hands on manual therapy treatment
- thermal and pain control modalities, if required
- designing a stretching and strengthening program
Patients are to be referred to physiotherapy by their Primary Care Provider.