How can physiotherapy help you?

Through a detailed evaluation, the physiotherapist will be able to guide you in the right direction for optimal recovery. A physiotherapy session involves:

1) Screening to determine the need for a physiotherapy examination or consultation, or a referral to another health care professional (e.g. Doctor);

2) Examination: A subjective examination of the patient by obtaining a detailed history (mechanism of injury, history pertaining to pain and limitations, medical conditions, medication, previous medical history, diagnostic tests performed, other);

3) Evaluation: Physical evaluation to determine patients functional limitations and dysfunctions (assessment of range of motion, strength testing, flexibility, muscle activation, posture, analysis of walking patterns, balance, functional movements, circulatory and nerve testing as indicated);

4) Diagnosis: Determine a clinical impression aimed at developing a proper management plan.

5) Prognosis: Determine the patient’s prognoses with his/her current condition;

6) Plan of Care: Collaborate with patient and other professionals (when applicable e.g. doctor), to determine a plan of care that is patient-centered;

7) Intervention: Provide physiotherapy interventions to achieve patient goals and outcomes. Interventions may include: education (pathology, posture, exercises, treatment plan), manual therapy techniques (including mobilization/manipulation techniques), neuromuscular techniques, muscle re-education, therapeutic exercise, functional training (i.e. work and/or leisure and sport integration), and hot/cold therapy.

8) Prevention, Health Promotion, Fitness, & Wellness: Physiotherapists have an important role in the prevention, health promotion, fitness, and wellness.