“Physiotherapy encompasses rehabilitation, injury prevention, and health promotion/fitness through a collaborative approach. We as Physiotherapists employ a holistic approach to treatment, looking at the patient’s lifestyle and engaging them in their own treatment.” – Shawn Swartz, Physiotherapist, Rebound Sport and Spine
Muscle, tendon, or ligament injuries can severely impact your lifestyle, activities and work. Healing of this nature can be a slow process. Thankfully, there are proven techniques and therapies that can speed up the healing process significantly. Physiotherapists are highly trained in these techniques and therapies, and are experts in injury assessment and treatment. Our physiotherapist will work with you to treat your injury within your unique circumstance, ensuring the best possible outcome for you.
What is Physiotherapy?
The short answer: Physiotherapy uses various treatment techniques and flexibility/strengthening exercises to promote healing, with the ultimate goal of getting you back to full function.
The plain English answer: Physiotherapy uses proven techniques to get you back enjoying the activities you love.
The long answer: “A Physiotherapist works with patients to walk and move freely after injury, recover mobility after illness or surgery, manage chronic diseases like arthritis and diabetes, and much more. Your physiotherapist will work with you to put together a treatment plan for your condition or injury, so that you can get back to enjoying life and the activities you love.” – Physiotherapy Association of BC
What can you expect at your first Physiotherapy appointment?
1. Medical History and Assessment: A complete medical history and physical examination will be conducted to determine the starting point for treatment as well as the root cause of the issue at hand.
2. Treatment Plan: Your Physiotherapist will discuss the findings of your history and examination, and develop a personalized, collaborative treatment plan with you, based on your specific needs. This could include hands on Physiotherapy techniques or instrument assisted therapies, along with exercises aimed at promoting healing and further injury prevention. Your Physiotherapist will also ensure you have a thorough understanding of your injury, how certain treatments can facilitate recovery, and what to expect after treatment ends.
3. Treatment: Your Physiotherapist will carry out any agreed upon treatments and walk you through any recommended exercises. If concerns arise, alternative therapies can be discussed. This is a collaboration between you and your physiotherapist, and your lifestyle and limitations are important parts of your healing journey.
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