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What is Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy is a treatment that helps restore, maintain, and maximize a patient’s mobility, strength, function, and overall wellbeing. Physiotherapy can help through physical rehabilitation, education regarding injury prevention, and promotion of health and fitness.

Who Are Physiotherapists?

Physiotherapists are primary health care professionals who use their in-depth knowledge of rehabilitation sciences, anatomy, and physiology to assess, treat, and manage pain, movement dysfunction, acute injuries, and chronic conditions.

What conditions do we treat?

  • Arthritis
  • Acute Orthopedic Injury
  • Bursitis
  • Carpel Tunnel
  • Chronic Injuries/Pain
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Disc Bulges/Herniations
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Muscle Strains/Contusions
  • Neck Pain
  • Overuse Injuries
  • Postural Dysfunction
  • General Aches & Pains
  • Headaches
  • Hip & Knee Replacements/Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Pre/Post-Op Rehabilitation
  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis
  • Sprains & Strains
  • Shin Splints
  • Shoulder Impingement
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Tendinitis
  • Whiplash

What can I expect at my first appointment?

Your session will be unique because it’s all about YOU and your particular needs. In general, your physiotherapist will do the following:

  • Complete a comprehensive assessment
  • Determine a diagnosis
  • Identify a problem list
  • Work with you to create a treatment plan
  • Provide a treatment

What is included in a physiotherapy treatment?

  • Education
    Regarding the injury or diagnosis, prognosis, and prevention
  • Manual Therapy
    Joint mobilizations and soft tissue release of affected areas
  • Modalities
    Heat, Ice, TENS, IFC, US, LLLT
  • Acupuncture
    If indicated
  • Personalized Home Exercise Program
    Reviewed, printed or e-mailed to you

What are the overarching goals of physiotherapy?

  • Decrease Pain
  • Increase Mobility, Strength, Balance & Proprioception
  • Improve Function

The main goal of physiotherapy is “to empower, promote independence, and improve the quality of life for British Columbians across all ages and abilities”.

PABC – Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia