What is a Physiotherapist?
Physiotherapy is a health care profession which assists people to restore, maintain and maximize their strength, function and movement following a dysfunction or injury. Physiotherapists use a hands-on rehabilitation approach to assess, diagnose and treat various neuromuscular conditions. A variety of specialized techniques are used, including exercise therapy, postural gait, balance and co-ordination retraining and mobilization of tissues and joints.
A physiotherapist is a University educated health professional who uses manual therapy, therapeutic exercises and work hardening modalities to treat people. A physiotherapist aims to promote independence. Emphasis is placed on what you can do for yourself and on education to prevent further injuries or disability.
What Physiotherapists do
When you see a physiotherapist, he or she will complete an extensive assessment, including history, physical testing and evaluation of relevant diagnostic imaging (X-ray or MRI). Based on their findings, the physiotherapist will establish, diagnosis and work in partnership with YOU to develop individualized goals and treatment programs.
Physiotherapists provide one-on-one treatment and rehabilitation services for each patient, thus ensuring a quicker recovery. The physiotherapist will choose and customize an exercise program aimed at strengthening your muscles and joints, improving flexibility and stabilizing your movements following an injury or accident.
Conditions Physiotherapists Treat:
- Post Surgical Injuries
- Sports Injuries
- Motor Vehicle Accident Injuries
- Workplace Injuries
- Back Pain
- Neck Pain
- Frozen Shoulder
- Rotator Cuff Injuries
- Tennis/Golfer’s Elbow
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- TMJ Dysfunction
Benefits of Physiotherapy
Physiotherapy benefits include decreasing pain, improving joint mobility, increasing strength and coordination and improving cardiovascular function. The key to physiotherapy is to restore and maintain a level of physical function that permits pain free and independent living. In addition, physiotherapy aims to educate and plan a support program to prevent re-occurrence, re-injury or functional decline.