Physiotherapists are healthcare professionals able to assist with six of the most common health issues affecting Canadians today:
- 1 in 4 Canadians are affected by lung diseases
- 50K experience a stroke each year
- 90% of Canadians have at least one risk factor for heart disease
- Half of Canadians live with chronic breathing problems
- 4 out of 5 suffer from lower back pain
- 11 million musculoskeletal disorders are reported each year
Half of Canadians live with at least one chronic health problem. 90 percent have at least one risk factor for heart disease and there are 50k strokes each year. A fourth of Canadians are affected with the lung-related disease, 4 out of 5 are suffering from lower back pain and 11 million musculoskeletal disorders are reported each year. Rehabilitation physiotherapy offers treatment solutions to help patients living with chronic disease, pain, injury and aging to live a more fulfilling lifestyle. With so many Canadians living with or facing the potential of heart disease, stroke, back pain, lung-related disease and musculoskeletal disorders, access to physiotherapy treatments is more important than ever.
Physiotherapy includes several medical disciplines including:
- Orthopedics to treat injuries and disorders of the skeletal system, muscles, joints, and ligaments.
- Neurology to help restore motor function to overcome motor deficits and improve motor patterns.
- Palliative care to assist patients with cancer and other non-malignant diseases.
- Sports rehabilitation to assist with injuries sustained when participated in sports or with illness and imbalances that prevent maximal participation and performance.
- Cardio-respiratory to prevent and rehabilitate patients with diseases and injuries in the heart and lungs.
- Geriatrics to assist senior patients with conditions such as osteoporosis, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, and joint and hip replacement.
- Pediatrics to treat children with neurological and growth-related conditions until full growth and development are complete.
Using a broad range of rehabilitation techniques, physiotherapists can improve health conditions, mobility and well-being. Treatment can include the latest in rehab robotics as well as other technological advances. Gamified rehab incorporating audio-visual stimulation as well as applications and wearables that help track progress, activity levels and vital signs keep patients engaged and safe. Light therapy advancements in hand with water-based therapy that makes activity and exercise more accessible during rehabilitation can all work together for the best possible outcomes.
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This infographic offers a comprehensive overview of the physiotherapy treatments available and the conditions that can be treated using cutting edge rehabilitation methods.
Physiotherapists also incorporate many rehabilitation techniques including:
- Rehab robotics
- Water-based therapy
- Gamified rehab
- Applications and wearables
- Innovations in light therapy
Choosing a physiotherapy clinic that is suited to your personal needs is critical to seeing the most positive outcomes. You want to ensure your physiotherapy clinic offers:
- Convenient hours to suit your busy schedule. This is important as it will make it easier to stick to your treatment plan.
- Private treatment rooms so you can feel free to discuss your concerns and not feel exposed during treatment.
- A team of registered physiotherapists who are licensed and experienced in providing treatment.
- Ethical billing that is based on a treatment plan and schedule that meets the needs of your condition.
When looking for a physiotherapy clinic you should ensure the physiotherapists are registered. Convenient hours make it easier to stick to your plan and private treatment rooms ensure you are comfortable during treatments.
You can bring reports related to your injury or condition to your first appointment which will take about an hour. Your treatment plan will be discussed and depending on the severity of your condition you might require several appointments to complete your treatment.
For your first appoint you should bring reports and other information related to your injury or condition if available. You can expect to spend about an hour at your initial appointment where you will discuss the possible treatments ideal for you. Depending on the treatment recommended you might require several treatments or just a few.
Physiotherapists can assist in a broad area of medical issues offering treatments focused on all age groups and levels of health and mobility. Orthopedics focuses on disorders of the skeletal system, muscles, joints and ligaments while neurology helps restore motor function. Patients with cancer and other non-malignant diseases can benefit from palliative care.
A common area of medicine addressed by physiotherapy is sports rehabilitation, helping athletes recover from injury and reach peak performance. Cardio-respiratory treatments can prevent and rehabilitate patients with diseases and injuries in the heart and lungs.
Patients of all ages can benefit with specific approaches available for geriatrics to assist senior patients with conditions such as osteoporosis, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, and joint and hip replacement recovery and pediatrics for children with neurological and growth-related conditions.
There are many treatment techniques used for individualized treatment plans that can include the latest developments in areas such as Rehab robotics, light therapy and gamified rehab. Water-based therapy can also improve outcomes for patients recovering from injury while applications and wearables provide monitoring, education and more.