Physiotherapy

Are you tired of dealing with pain on a regular basis? Do you have physical limitations that compromise your functional capacity? Do you have problems with work productivity? Are you unable to participate in hobbies, sport and leisure activities due to ongoing orthopaedic issues?

If you answered “yes” to one of the above questions, look no further, you’ve come to the right place. The goal of physical therapy is to abolish pain, restore mobility, improve strength in order to optimize function and promote a healthier version of you, through evidence-informed practice.

What is Physiotherapy?

The Canadian Physiotherapy Association defines physiotherapy as 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
  • Educating and planning maintenance and support programs to prevent re-occurrence, re-injury or functional decline

What are the benefits of physiotherapy?

Physical therapy helps restore pre-injury activity levels, reduce medication intake and potentially delay or eliminate the need for surgery. 

It also has the following benefits:

  • Pain reduction or abolition
  • Improved joint mobility
  • Increased flexibility
  • Improved muscle strength, power and endurance
  • Decreased swelling
  • Increased balance, proprioception and kinesthesia 
  • Improved body awareness
  • Enhanced functional capacity
  • Improved sleep

Regaining control of your health

What conditions are treated by a physiotherapist?

  • Sports Injuries (i.e. sprains and strains, fractures, sciatica)
  • Repetitive Stress Injuries (i.e. carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, jumper’s knee, runner’s knee, achilles tendonitis, rotator cuff tendonitis) 
  • Pre and Post Surgical Rehabilitation (i.e. knee and hip replacements, spinal decompression, ligament and tendon reconstruction, fracture repair)
  • Non-Specific Mechanical Neck and Low Back Pain
  • Chronic Degenerative Conditions (i.e. osteoarthritis, spinal stenosis, disc herniation, degenerative disc disease, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis)
  • TMJ Syndrome (i.e. jaw-related pain, muscle imbalances, luxating disc, subluxed condyle)
  • Balance Dysfunction (i.e. age-related, sensory issues, vertigo, dizziness)
  • Whiplash and Other Sequelae (resulting from a motor vehicle accident)

TMJ

Neck Pain

Sports Injuries

What treatments are used by a physiotherapist?

An individually tailored treatment plan will be designed for each patient taking into consideration the physical restrictions discovered during the assessment, the extent and nature of the injuries, the stages of soft tissue healing (inflammatory, repair and regeneration, remodeling and maturation) and the patient’s personal goals. The safety of each individual is paramount so precautions and contraindications are ruled out prior to the implementation of any physical therapy treatment.

Typically, a program of care will have a combination of the below mentioned interventions:

  • joint mobilizations and manipulations 
  • soft tissue release
  • instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization
  • therapeutic exercises
  • electrical stimulation
  • functional taping
  • cryotherapy/thermotherapy
  • dry needling/anatomical acupuncture


What is the impact of physiotherapy on population health?

  • Eleven million Canadians over the age of 12 years old are affected by musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions annually
  • Physiotherapy screening and triage of patients referred for surgery reduces costs by   decreasing the number of inappropriate specialist referrals; with 34% of patients not requiring surgery
  • Four out of five Canadians experience at least one episode of low back pain (LBP) at some point in their life. Physiotherapy for patients with LBP is effective in reducing both acute and chronic pain while significantly limiting the risk of increased disability and chronic conditions.
    • Early access to physiotherapy reduces the number of days of sick leave compensation   for sub-acute LBP by 43.9 days per person over a three-year period due to a faster rate of return to work within the first year
    • Early access to physiotherapy (within 14 days) for LBP reduces health care utilization by reducing medication use, physician visits, use of advanced imaging, and injections
    • Total medical costs are $2,736.23 lower for patients receiving early physiotherapy

References:

  1. https://physiotherapy.ca/sites/default/files/valuePT/cpa_valuept_musculoskeletal-en.pdf
  2. https://physiotherapy.ca/sites/default/files/valuePT/cpa_valuept_jointarthroplasty-en.pdf
  3. https://physiotherapy.ca/sites/default/files/valuePT/cpa_valuept_lowbackpain-en.pdf

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