Project Description

Female with pain back pain

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 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

 MAKE AN APPOINTMENT

We’re available 6 days a week and have specific office hours with all our team on site.

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  OUR CLINIC

Leaders in Health, Wellness and Rehab
One-on-One care
Direct billing
Online booking 24/7
Experienced team
Underground parking
TTC in the building

  OPENING HOURS

Monday – Friday 8:30 – 20:00
Saturday 9:00 – 17:00

  647-983-3080

  OFFICE LOCATIONS

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)

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

BRACING

At Pomegranate healthcare, a physical therapist can determine the appropriateness of bracing a joint, depending on the nature and extent of the injuries.

Braces help to minimize acute and chronic pain by providing protection, stability and enhanced proprioception to joints. Acute injuries and chronic conditions can be managed with various orthopaedic supports to help reduce unwarranted stress on tissue that is already irritated.

The goal might be to immobilize a joint to allow natural healing to take place. An immobilizer brace is typically prescribed for a fracture or significant ligament/tendon tear.Occasionally, a joint becomes dynamically unstable due to repetitive stress or trauma so a functional brace is prescribed to mitigate the risk of further injury, especially during high intensity activities.

If you have extended health care benefits through your work employer, a brace might be covered under your policy. Often you need a medical referral in order to be eligible for coverage. Please follow-up with your insurance company to get further details.

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 utilizationby reducing medication use, physician visits, use of advanced imaging, and injections

  • Total medical costs are $2,736.23 lower for patients receiving early physiotherapy

ABOUT YOUR THERAPIST

In 2007, Astur Sarkisyan obtained a Bachelor of Arts with Honors degree, majoring in Kinesiology and Health Science. His passion for the study of human movement and patient-centered care lead him to pursue a post graduate education in the field of physical therapy. In 2010, Astur graduated from the Queen’s University Master of Science in Physical Therapy program.
Once becoming a regulated health care professional, Astur decided to focus his practice on orthopaedic injuries and dysfunction. Clinically, his special interests include pre and post-surgical rehabilitation, sports injuries, chronic age-related degenerative conditions (i.e. osteoarthritis) and jaw (TMJ)dysfunction.
In order to expand his scope of practice, Astur completed numerous professional development courses which enhanced his skill set and knowledge base. He learned advanced manual therapy techniques through the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and the Manual Therapy Certification program at St. Augustine University. Furthermore, he completed a mini-residency at The Center for Occlusal Studies in West Virginia with Dr. Mariano Rocabado, the world’s pre-eminent authority on TMJ dysfunction as it relates to the craniovertebral junction.
Astur continuously seeks out the most up-to-date literature to ensure evidence-based practice is being upheld. It is his mandate to develop individualized treatment programs, combining manual therapy, dry needling, didactic instruction and corrective exercises with the intent to fulfill each patient’s personal therapeutic goals.
During his leisure time, Astur enjoys cooking food from around the globe which is inspired by his extensive travels. He is committed to achieving lifelong wellness by exercising on a regular basis with a particular focus on weight training. He is a firm believer that movement is medicine!