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Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy is a drug-free health care practice. Physiotherapists work in partnership with individuals of all ages to break down the barriers to physical function whether that means working with patients’ pre and post surgery, helping people come back from illness and chronic disease, injury, industrial and motor vehicle accidents and age related conditions. Physiotherapists also play an important role in health promotion and disease prevention. Physiotherapy is the treatment of preference for many who suffer from pain whether in the back or neck, or joint pain such as hips, knees, ankles, wrists, elbows or shoulders.

Physiotherapy has proven to be effective in the treatment and management of arthritis, diabetes, stroke and traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury and a range of respiratory conditions offering those afflicted with tools and techniques to acquire and maintain an optimum level of function and pain free living.

Physiotherapy is a primary care, autonomous, client-focused health profession dedicated to improving quality of life by:

  • Promoting optimal mobility, physical activity and overall health and wellness;
  • Preventing disease, injury, and disability;
  • Managing acute and chronic conditions, activity limitations, and participation restrictions;
  • Improving and maintaining optimal functional independence and physical performance;
  • Rehabilitating injury and the effects of disease or disability with therapeutic exercise programs and other interventions; and
  • Educating and planning maintenance and support programs to prevent re-occurrence, re-injury or functional decline.

Physiotherapy is anchored in movement sciences and aims to enhance or restore function of multiple body systems. The profession is committed to health, lifestyle and quality of life. This holistic approach incorporates a broad range of physical and physiological therapeutic interventions and aids.

Benefits of Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy can make a difference in an individual’s ability to live an active, healthy lifestyle. For many seniors, disabled or chronically ill people, physiotherapy is the key to restoring and maintaining a level of physical function that permits independent living. Physiotherapy is one way to successfully push physical limitations to secure the Freedom to Function.

Physiotherapy benefits include decreasing pain, improving joint mobility, increasing strength and coordination and improved cardiorespiratory function. Everyone can benefit from physiotherapy whether you are living with a chronic illness, recovering from a work injury or suffering after that weekend hockey game.

Physiotherapy increases your independence and gives you the freedom to function in your home, workplace or your favorite leisure activity. Physiotherapy offers a range of specialized services of benefit to patients with heart and lung disease, traumatic, workplace and athletic injuries, amputations, arthritic joints, stroke, brain injury, spinal cord and nerve injury, cancer and pre- and post-surgical needs.

Answers to some common questions:

The physiotherapist will begin the assessment by asking you questions relating to your injury or condition and your reason for visiting the clinic. Additionally, a screening of your medical history that is relevant is conducted before the physical examination takes place.You should wear loose or comfortable clothing, and may be asked to remove some clothing so that the required body part can be visually and manually examined.

The physical assessment involves the Physiotherapist observing posture and movement, as well as palpation of the specific region of your body. Your reflexes, sensation, strength, and balance may also be tested, depending on your symptoms.

The related joints, muscles, ligaments and nerves are tested and an overall assessment of the problem is made. A treatment plan is drawn up and the patient is educated on their condition. The frequency of treatment is discussed, components of treatment started, and some helpful advice regarding daily activities will be provided. Generally the initial assessment takes approximately 1 hour.

Dress comfortably in clothes that you are able to move around in. If may help to bring your own shorts and T-shirt to change into, especially if the area being treated is more easily accessible that way.
Although each extended health care plan is different, most provide coverage for rehabilitation services, including physiotherapy, massage therapy, acupuncture and orthotics. It is however the patient’s responsibility to verify the details of their specific policy. Depending on your plans specific policies, there may be limitations to what is covered and some deductibles may apply.
No. In Ontario Physiotherapists are designated as Primary Healthcare Providers, meaning they can assess and treat patients within their scope of practice without a Dr referral.There are, however a few Extended Healthcare Companies, that provide benefits to cover treatment that request an MD referral before they will reimburse the patient for treatment costs.