Physiotherapists are university educated health care providers with advanced training in assessing and treating impairments that effect mobility and physical function. Physiotherapy interventions include a combination of hands on treatment, therapeutic exercise and education to help reduce pain, promote healing, and restore mobility and physical performance.
Physiotherapists will treat a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions to promote healing throughout the recovery process. This may include acute conditions such as a whiplash injury or a sprained ankle. They will provide pre and post surgical rehabilitation such as with knee and hip surgeries. They will also help manage chronic conditions such as back pain and sciatica. Further more, they will provide education and consultation for those looking to improve their fitness and wellbeing.
What to expect with Physiotherapy
Your first visit with the physiotherapist will involve a one-hour assessment. Your health history will be discussed and a physical exam including movement testing will be performed. The information gathered will identify the tissues and movement patterns that contribute to the pain and dysfunction. A rehabilitation plan will be established including hands on treatment, therapeutic exercise prescription and education to promote recovery and return to function.
* Please wear comfortable clothing that will allow for movement and observation.
Treatments last up to 45 minutes, with 30 minutes of direct time with the therapist. Interventions include manual “hands on” therapy, therapeutic exercise, and often application of modalities such as acupuncture or current. The treatment plan established after the initial assessment will determine which interventions are used in order to reduce pain, and achieve the rehabilitation goals.