Physiotherapists

Reema Parikh

Reema Parikh

Physiotherapist
Washington, DC
Dr. Stephanie House PT, DPT

Dr. Stephanie House PT, DPT

Physiotherapist
Charlottesville, VA
Ms. Rupal Yadav

Ms. Rupal Yadav

Physiotherapist
New York, NY
Anneliese Ruggeri

Anneliese Ruggeri

Physiotherapist
Middlebury, CT
Mr. Trevor Kwolek

Mr. Trevor Kwolek

Physiotherapist
Fonthill, ON
Chritine Bridle

Chritine Bridle

FCAMPT, CAFCI
Physiotherapist
St Catherines, ON
Paul Skiba

Paul Skiba

B.Kin. (Hons.), RKin, RHN, CEP
Physiotherapist
St. Catharines, ON
Nancy Ma

Nancy Ma

Physiotherapist
Hamilton, AB
Sacha Bhandal

Sacha Bhandal

Physiotherapist
Hamilton, ON
Laurie McLaughlin

Laurie McLaughlin

Physiotherapist
Hamilton,, ON
Tim Rogers

Tim Rogers

Physiotherapist
Hamilton, ON
Richard MacLean

Richard MacLean

Physiotherapist
Burlington, ON
Claire Corbett

Claire Corbett

Physiotherapist
Oakville, ON
Robyn Synnott

Robyn Synnott

Physiotherapist
Oakville, ON
Menaga Thanigasalam

Menaga Thanigasalam

Physiotherapist
Mississauga, ON
Dr. Charlotte Anderson

Dr. Charlotte Anderson

Physiotherapist
Toronto, ON
Matthew Laing

Matthew Laing

Physiotherapist
Toronto, ON
Alexandra Sandler

Alexandra Sandler

Physiotherapist
Toronto, ON
Mr. Aly J. Chunara

Mr. Aly J. Chunara

PT-Cleveland Clinic Canada Sports Health
Physiotherapist
Toronto, ON
Kimberley Jelly

Kimberley Jelly

Physiotherapist
Toronto, ON
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From arthritis to back pain after a car accident, physiotherapists treat a wide range of conditions. A physiotherapist can help you manage your illness, disability or injury through manual therapy, exercise, movement and advice.

Here are 10 physiotherapy treatments by local physiotherapists commonly use:

1. The assessment: Before you can begin, your physical therapist will do an evaluation. You may not think of this as a typical treatment, but it's an integral part of creating a physiotherapy plan to get to the root of the problem.

2. Manual therapy: This is a modality that local physiotherapists  Canadian use for many injuries. This hands-on approach refers to many things, including therapeutic massage and assisted stretching and exercise.

3. Ultrasound: Physiotherapists use ultrasound for connective tissue injuries. Ultrasound uses sound waves to generate heat deep in the body, loosening up tissues so they’re better prepared for exercise or manual therapy.

4. Ice: Best for injuries with swelling and inflammation, ice treatment constricts blood vessels, which can reduce and even prevent inflammation after a soft tissue injury.

5. Heat: Best for injuries involving muscular spasms and tightness, heat therapy can increase mobility and decrease pain following soft tissue injuries.

6. Traction: This is a physiotherapy modality that’s often used for disc herniation. If you’re experiencing back pain, traction involves separating your vertebrae to reduce the compression on disc cartilage.

7. Range-of-motion exercises: You’ll do some assisted exercises and exercise at home. Physiotherapists will recommend exercise after virtually any injury. Your local  physiotherapist will show you strengthening exercises based on your condition and current health.

8. Functional electrical stimulation: If you’re trying to restore muscular strength, your physiotherapist may recommend electrical stimulation, also called ESTIM. The athletic physical therapist will apply an electrical stimulus to causes contractions of the muscles, hopefully restoring movement and function.

9. Laser: Your physiotherapist may use a low-level laser for muscular or connective tissue injuries to reduce inflammation, pain and muscle fatigue.

10. Kinesio taping: This flexible, colourful tape is applied to the skin to stabilize muscles and joints while you undergo physiotherapy treatment. It will stay in place while you’re doing range-of-motion exercises. If you have a disability, injury or illness, your physiotherapist can help you customize a safe and effective treatment plan.

Talk to your family physician if you'd like more information on physiotherapy treatments.

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Print this Action Plan and check off items that you want to discuss with your healthcare provider

  • Before you can begin, your physical therapist will do an evaluation. You may not think of this as a typical treatment, but it's an integral part of creating a physiotherapy plan to get to the root of the problem.

  • Manual therapy is a modality that physiotherapists use for many injuries. This hands-on approach refers to many things, including therapeutic massage and assisted stretching and exercise.

  • Physiotherapists use ultrasound for connective tissue injuries. Ultrasound uses sound waves to generate heat deep in the body, loosening up tissues so they’re better prepared for exercise or manual therapy.

  • Ice is best for injuries with swelling and inflammation, and constricts blood vessels, which can reduce and even prevent inflammation after a soft tissue injury.

  • Heat is best for injuries involving muscular spasms and tightness, and can increase mobility and decrease pain following soft tissue injuries.

Adherence:
Adhering to your medications, prescribed exercises or lifestyle changes (such as dietary changes, smoking cessation, reduced alcohol consumption, etc.) is essential to improving health outcomes successfully. Compliance to any prescribed treatment is the number one thing you can do to ensure positive changes and optimal treatment outcomes. Souvent, consulter un médecin de famille local ou un physiothérapeute en collaboration avec un diététiste et un thérapeute du sport est une excellente option pour prendre le contrôle de cette condition. Les traitements peuvent varier selon le patient et selon le médecin, alors encore une fois, prenez rendez-vous et parlez-en à votre médecinà Montréal et à Québec.

 

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