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:
- Manual joint mobilizations and soft-tissue manipulation
- Myofascial release and passive muscle energy work
- Therapeutic modalities which include: ultrasound, interferential currents, neuromuscular stimulation, TENS, infrared therapy, vibration therapy, acupuncture, cryotherapy, thermal therapy, and continuous passive movement devices
- Postural and activity education/modifications
- Orthopaedic device prescription and education (crutches, bracing, slings, canes)
- Advanced exercise prescription and monitoring
- Return to sport and work planning/simulation