Physiotherapy is a healthcare discipline aimed at promoting and improving health and lifestyle as well as preventing injury and disability. It is a research-based profession intended to improve mobility, functional ability, quality of life and movement through the examination, evaluation, diagnosis and physical intervention.

Physiotherapy is a professional career which has many specialties including sports, neurology, cardiopulmonary, geriatrics, orthopaedic and pediatrics.

Tanya Laberge specializes in both the orthopaedic and sports physiotherapy.

Orthopaedic Physiotherapy

Orthopaedic physiotherapy is the conservative approach of treatment for conditions involving the musculoskeletal system. This system is made up of the body’s bones, muscles, cartilage, tendons, ligaments, joints and other connective tissues. It plays an important role in providing support, stability, and movement to the body.

This specialization aims to treat functional limitations arising from injuries such as trauma, sports injuries, degenerative diseases and congenital disorders, post-operative orthopaedic procedures, fractures, arthritis, sprains, strains, back and neck pain, spinal conditions, overuse injuries and many more.

Those who have suffered injury or disease affecting the musculoskeletal system will benefit from an assessment by a physiotherapist specialized in orthopaedics.

Sports Physiotherapy

Physiotherapists can be involved in the care and well-being of athletes in sports both in recreational and professional settings.

This area of practice includes the following athletic injury management:

  • Acute care
    Assessment and diagnosis of an initial injury (on and/or off the field);
  • Treatment
    Pre/post sport treatments including mobilization/manipulation, soft tissue techniques (such as soft tissue release/massage, trigger point release), assisted stretching, therapeutic exercise, hot/cold pack, taping/strapping;
  • Rehabilitation
    Progressive management for full return to sport (i.e. sport specific rehabilitation);
  • Prevention
    Identify and address deficiencies such as postural issues, muscle weaknesses and flexibility issues known to directly result in or act as precursor to injury;
  • Education
    Sharing of knowledge from therapist to individual athletes and/or teams to assist in prevention or management of injury for a safe return to sport.