Physiotherapy

Promoting the ability to move, reduce pain and extensive opioids use, restore function, speed-up recovery,  improve quality of life, prevent disability and in many cases unnecessary surgeries.

The Safer Way to Manage Pain

Physical therapy (PT), also known as physiotherapy, is one of the allied health professions that, by using mechanical force and movements (biomechanics or kinesiology), manual therapy, exercise therapy and electrotherapy, remediates impairments and promotes mobility and function. Pain-free movement is crucial to your quality of life, your ability to earn a living, and your independence.

What to Expect During Your First Visit:

    Guidelines Prepared by American Physical Therapy Association

    • Your physical therapist will begin by asking you lots of questions about your health and about the specific condition for which you are seeing the physical therapist. Detailed information about you and your condition will help the physical therapist determine whether you are likely to benefit from physical therapy and which treatments are most likely to help you.
    • Your physical therapist will perform a detailed examination. Depending on your symptoms and condition, the physical therapist might evaluate your strength, flexibility, balance, coordination, posture, blood pressure, and heart and respiration rates. Your physical therapist might use his or her hands to examine or “palpate” the affected area or to perform a detailed examination of the mobility of your joints, muscles, and other tissues.
    • Your physical therapist also might evaluate:
    • How you walk (your “gait”)
    • How you get up from a lying position or get in and out of a chair (“functional activities”)
    • How you use your body for certain activities, such as bending and lifting (“body mechanics”)
    • Your physical therapist might ask you specific questions about your home or work environment, your health habits and activity level, and your leisure and recreational interests so that the therapist can help you become as active and independent as possible.
    • Your physical therapist will work with you to determine your goals for physical therapy and will begin to develop a plan for your treatment. In many cases, the physical therapist will make a diagnosis and begin treatment almost immediately.

Main benefits of physiotherapy

    • May help you Avoid Opioids (risks include depression, overdose, and addiction, and withdrawal symptoms when stopping use). In some situations, dosed appropriately, prescription opioids are an appropriate part of medical treatment. However, the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is urging healthcare providers to reduce the use of opioids in favour of safe alternatives like physical therapy for most long-term pain.
    • May help you Avoid Surgery
    • For some conditions, including meniscal tears and knee osteoarthritis, rotator cuff tears, spinal stenosis, and degenerative disk disease, treatment by a physical therapist has been found to be as effective as surgery.
    • Maximize Movement
    • Play a crucial role in Recovery