Physiotherapy is a recognized, evidence-based health profession that plays a key role in the health of individuals and populations across the care continuum.
Physiotherapy has been proven to be effective in the assessment, diagnosis, treatment and management of acute and chronic conditions, the prevention of injury and disability, and in promoting health and wellbeing.
When should I go see a physiotherapist?
Think about getting physiotherapy if you have an injury, or chronic pain that affects how you function everyday. A doctor may refer you to physiotherapy after surgery such as a hip replacement, or an event such as a heart attack or stroke.
If you are planning to use health insurance to help cover the cost of physiotherapy, remember to visit your insurance company's website to ensure the physiotherapist is covered. If the physiotherapist is not covered by that insurance company you will not be able to use your benefits and will need to pay the full cost of treatment.
What problems do physiotherapists treat?
Physiotherapists focus on both prevention and rehabilitation. Treatment can be for problems caused by injury, disease or disability. Here are some examples:
Musculoskeletal conditions are related to muscles and bones, as well as joints, ligaments, and tendons. These conditions may be present from birth, or they may occur as a result of injury or age-related wear and tear. Below are some of the most common conditions:
joint pain from arthritis
soft tissue (muscle, tendon, and ligament) injuries
shoulder pain and problems, such as bursitis or dislocation
carpal tunnel syndrome
overuse and sports injuries, including tendinitis, meniscus and ligaments tears, dislocations and etc.
pre and post post surgical rehabilitation
cervicogenic headaches or dizziness
Lung problems such as asthma
Disability as a result of heart problems
Pelvic issues, such as bladder and bowel problems related to childbirth
Loss of mobility because of trauma to the brain or spine, or due to diseases such as Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis
Fatigue, pain, swelling, stiffness and loss of muscle strength, for example during cancer treatment, or palliative care
What can I expect at physiotherapy?
Your session will be unique, because it is all about you and your particular needs. In general, here’s what happens:
The physiotherapist learns about your medical history
The physiotherapist assesses and diagnoses your condition
You receive a treatment plan that sets goals for you
You are prescribed a course of exercises and any assistive devices needed
The physiotherapist performs treatments by multiple tools and modalities such as: Ultrasound, TENS/IFC, shockwave, kinesiology tape, manual techniques, education and etc.