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Physiotherapist's Role

Physiotherapists are university educated health care professionals. They have an in-depth knowledge of the musculoskeletal and nervous system and must be registered with the College of Physiotherapy. Physiotherapists work together with a client to restore and maintain maximal function, health and independence throughout life.

Physiotherapists will help restore function and reduce or eliminate pain after surgery, trauma or illness. They also provide treatment to maximize independence and manage pain after neurological injury or age-related conditions such as arthritis.

The first visit to a clinic will consist of an examination to assess the problem and develop a treatment plan. Initially you will have an interview to discuss your concerns and how the injury occurred, followed by a health history; previous injuries or heath conditions, such as high blood pressure or osteoporosis may require a change in the course of treatment for safety reasons. You will then have a physical examination to evaluate areas such as range of motion, strength, pain, movement patterns, sensation, muscle tone and reflexes (neural status) and posture. Any results from special tests such as X-ray, EMG, ultrasound, MRI or CT scan will be very useful in helping to decipher the problem and develop a course of treatment. This will be discussed with you and a mutually agreeable approach to treatment will commence soon after. You will usually get some treatment the first day and a home program to help with your progress.

Links
Ontario Physiotherapy Association
Canadian Physiotherapy Association
College of Physiotherapy