Physiotherapists provide assessment, diagnosis, treatment and education for conditions that affect the structure and/or movement of the human body.
What is it?
Physiotherapy involves using a variety of techniques, such as exercise, education, treatment modalities and prevention to help your muscles, joints, bones, nervous system, heart and lungs work to their potential. Physiotherapy can help individuals living with congenital or chronic diseases or other debilitating conditions and can assist those recovering from: surgery; illness; neurological conditions such as stroke; musculoskeletal injuries; sports injuries; industrial or motor vehicle accidents; or age related conditions. In addition, a physiotherapist provides expert advice on injury prevention and exercise.
Why is it important?
A physiotherapist works with you to integrate your care into your lifestyle. Physiotherapy can:
- Improve and maintain your functional independence and physical performance;
- Prevent and manage pain, physical impairments, disabilities and limits to participation; and,
- Promote fitness, health and wellness.
While in hospital, the physiotherapist is a vital link to your recovery from orthopaedic surgery. The physiotherapist will help you regain your strength and independence through exercises and walking.
Where to find a registered physiotherapist in your area?
To learn more about physiotherapy and its benefits, or to find a registered physiotherapist in your area visit the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.