What is Physical Therapy?
Physical therapy (PT), also known as physiotherapy, is one of the allied health professions that, by using evidence-based kinesiology, electrotherapy, shockwave modality, exercise prescription, joint mobilization and health education, treats conditions such as chronic or acute pain, soft tissue injuries, cartilage damage, arthritis, gait disorders and physical impairments typically of musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary, neurological and endocrinological origins. Physical therapy is used to improve a patient's physical functions through physical examination, diagnosis, prognosis, physical intervention, rehabilitation and patient education. It is practiced by physical therapists (known as physiotherapists in many countries).
Physical therapy is provided as a primary care treatment or alongside, or in conjunction with, other medical services. As of 2015 all students that become Physical Therapists finish their education with a degree of Doctor. Prior to that it was possible to become a Physical Therapist with the degree of Masters and until the end of the 1990’s it was possible to become a PT with a bachelors degree.
How do I start?
Weather you have a chronic issue that has been plaguing you for some time, you have recently sustained an injury and are in pain, or you have had a surgery and need help to recover, you can either give us a call or send an email to request a free 20 minute consultation to see if you feel like we might be a fit for what you are looking for. From there we will schedule your Initial Evaluation where we will do a thorough investigation to find out exactly what is going on and together, we will establish a Plan of Care to reach your goals.
What to expect:
During your Initial Evaluation, we will figure out the cause of the injury as well as find what impairments exist that are contributing to your condition. This involves strength testing, measuring your passive and active ranges of motion, movement assessment, along with a variety of tests and measures to make sure that we are seeing the bigger picture and how we can maximize your treatments in order to reach the desired results.
In each of your follow up sessions we will spend approximately half of the time on the table manipulating soft tissue and joints (Manual Therapy) to free restrictions and regain mobility, and the second half of your appointment will be spent with Therapeutic Exercise which integrates the work done on the table to improve mechanics and overall function. At the end of each session we will ice the affected area in order to help minimize any inflammation.
Each session you will be given some homework (Home Exercise Program) where you will be expected to perform as recommended as this is crucial to reaching your goals in the time that we have set out.
Half way through your plan of care we will do a Re-Evaluation to see how much we have improved to make sure that we are in fact on the right track to reach your goals. Once we both agree that your goals have been met or if you decide you feel good enough to take the reins to continue your progress you will be discharged.
What to bring:
Upon your first visit we will make a copy of your insurance card (if you are using insurance), a copy of your Driver’s License, and any documentation from the referring physician. This may be a post-operative report, any imaging reports etc., as well as a written prescription.
It is highly recommended that you wear clothing that allows an easy exposure of the affected area that we will be treating. If you have a shoulder injury a tank top will be preferable, if you have a lower limb injury then shorts, and so on. Either way expect to wear something that is comfortable and that you can move easily in.