As primary health care professionals, physiotherapists combine in-depth knowledge of how the body works with specialized hands-on clinical skills to assess, diagnose and treat symptoms of illness, injury or disability.
With your independence in mind, our registered physiotherapists' goal is to restore, maintain and maximize your strength, function, movement and overall well-being and they will prescribe personalized therapeutic exercises, and provide essential education about the body, what keeps it from moving well, how to restore mobility and independence, and how to avoid or prevent bodily harm. Your physiotherapist will begin treatment with an extensive assessment that may include health history, evaluation of pain and movement patterns, strength, joint range of motion, reflexes, sensation, and heart and lung function.
Based on this assessment, your physiotherapist will establish a diagnosis and work in partnership with you and the rest of the rehabilitative team to develop an individualized treatment program that includes:
- Appropriate and thorough education about your symptoms and diagnosis, the expected timeline for healing & rehabilitation and details about what to expect during your physiotherapy treatments
- Exercise based rehabilitation
- This can consist of general movement encouragement, basic rehabilitation exercises, more advanced strength training, sport specific training and return to sport clearance tests
- Manual therapy
- Joint mobilisations and manipulations, myofascial release, and other soft tissue techniques.
- Orthopaedic device prescription (if appropriate)
- Referral to other professionals
- Our team works very closely with Orthopaedic surgeons, sport medicine doctors and radiologists. If we think your condition is out of our scope of practice, we have a great referral network where we can send you to receive the most appropriate and evidence based care.