Visit your Physiotherapist as soon as you experience lingering pain or discomfort. Physiotherapy is a science-based, regulated health discipline designed to diagnose physical problems – and then remedy them with ailment-specific treatments.
Physiotherapists are university-educated experts in physical function, movement and mobility. They possess advanced knowledge of how the human body moves and what stops it moving. They then use specialized, hands-on treatment to restore, maintain and maximize optimal function and quality of life.
- Assess, diagnosis and treat physical symptoms and limited movement caused by injury, aging, disability, or medical condition
- Help patients understand what’s causing their condition
- Work with patients to restore, maintain and maximize movement, flexibility and physical independence
- Develop customized treatment plans that help patients take back control of their body
- Teach patients how to restore, maintain and/or maximize movement, reduce pain, and manage any chronic symptoms
- Educate patients on how to stay well, avoid future injury and achieve the best quality of life they can
Physiotherapists help patients who may have otherwise tried temporary (for example, prescription drugs) or more invasive methods (e.g., surgery) to manage their condition. They use individualized therapeutic exercise, manual therapy and other treatment techniques to help patients regain body function – and a better quality of life.
If you experience any of the following, you should see a physiotherapist:
- Bone, joint, spine and muscle pain or stiffness
- Decreased mobility
- Sports injuries
- Low energy and/or fatigue
- Tendon and/or ligament strains and sprains
- Low back pain
- Sprains & strains
What to expect on your first physiotherapy visit
Your initial visit will consist of a review and history of your problem, symptoms and relevant health history followed by a comprehensive physical assessment.
The assessment may include measurement of joint range of motion, posture evaluation, muscle strength testing, gait analysis and much more. Following the assessment, the physiotherapist will develop a treatment plan. Treatment will likely be started on your first visit.
Please bring shorts and a T-shirt or comfortable clothing for your first visit.