Physiotherapists - What Are Physiotherapists?

Physiotherapists, also called physical therapists (PTs), are healthcare professionals involved with the diagnosis and treatment of conditions that can affect your ability to move and perform the activities that you love.

Conditions seen by Physiotherapists
  • Sprains (e.g. ankle and knee sprain)
  • Muscle strains (e.g. pulled hamstrings)
  • Fractures and dislocations
  • Arthritis (e.g. osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Back and neck injuries
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Parkinson's disease (PD)
  • Stroke
  • Pediatric conditions (e.g. cerepral palsy, spina bifida)
  • Work-related injuries
  • Sports injuries

Physiotherapy Treatments

Your personal physiotherapist will ask about your activities that led to your injury and conduct a thorough evaluation to find the actual cause of your condition. Your therapist will then develop a plan of care to address your needs and goals. Physiotherapy treatments may include
  • Physiotherapy exercises, such as range of motion and strengthening exercises
  • Physical agents (e.g. ice/hot packs)
  • Electrotherapeutic modalities such as ultrasound and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
  • Manual therapy techniques
  • Functional training
  • Postural training
  • Gait training
  • Assistive device or adaptive device training
  • Patient / family education

There are different treatment approaches that your physiotherapist will employ, often, depending on your specific problem or condition. However, success of your physiotherapy rehabilitation depends on your being actively participating in your treatment and your motivation to achieve your rehab goals.

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