What is Physiotherapy?

Why Physiotherapy?
Physiotherapists work with clients of all ages and with a wide range of health conditions. Whether it’s pain management and rehabilitation from an acute injury like a sprained ankle, or management of chronic conditions such as diabetes or heart disease, a physiotherapist can help. But physiotherapy is not limited to rehabilitation of injury and the effects of disease or disability. A physiotherapist also provides education and advice for health promotion, disease and injury prevention.

Physiotherapists are health practitioners who work with people of all ages. Whether it be a baby with a big of a head turn or a 70 year old patient with Parkinson’s, physiotherapists are trained to help successfully treat symptoms to decrease pain, increase mobility and improve quality of life. Physiotherapy is not all just hands on therapy. A larger portion of the process is the education of patients, advice and promotion of health to prevent future injury and encourage people to be more proactive about health.
Being proactive about your health is the most effective method to prevent injury from occurring before it starts. Most people will never see a massage therapist, physiotherapist, chiropractor or any other practitioner in Calgary unless they have an issue that is bothering them. These same people will regularly take there car in for oil change and will regularly water there lawns all to be proactive so things work properly and flourish.
How can a Physiotherapist help you? What do they do?
Physiotherapists work to help people in many different settings. Some choose to work in hospitals, some research new treatments but the majority will work in a private clinic. It is a fee for service in these private clinics that is covered by most health benefit plans. Physiotherapists are experts in diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal pain and biomechanical problems. It is usually biomechanics problems created by injury, poor posture or disease that will create pain. It is this pain that the physiotherapist will treat and educate you on prevention in the future.

How am I diagnosed or assessed?
Physiotherapists take a full history include looking into your own past personal health history and family history to help them understand you better. They then ask specific questions about the problem you are having and use this to rule in/out big picture health problems. After they complete the history, they will do different orthopaedic tests to further assess your area of problem. these tests are designed to provoke your familiar pain. After all of this is complete, the physiotherapist will review there findings from the history and exam and come up with a specific treatment plan for you.

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