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Physiotherapists are primary health care professionals with a significant role in health promotion and treatment of injury and disease. They combine their in-depth knowledge of the body and how it works with specialized hands-on clinical skills to assess, diagnose and treat symptoms of illness, injury or disability.

What does a Physiotherapist's office provide?

physiotherapist's practice may involve clients of all ages in a variety of settings, providing health services in many contexts from wellness, health promotion and prevention, acute care and rehabilitation, to disability and disease management.

The heart of the Physiotherapy profession is understanding how and why movement and function takes place. Physiotherapists are highly skilled and autonomous health professionals who provide safe, quality client-centred physiotherapy through a commitment to service availability, accessibility and excellence. The profession is shaped by scientific evidence and the education and competencies of the physiotherapists delivering the services.

All Physiotherapists registered to practice in Canada are qualified to provide safe and effective physiotherapy treatment. They have met national education and practice standards, and have successfully passed a standardized physiotherapy competence examination prior to being registered with the college of physiotherapists in their province/territory. Physiotherapists in Canada are also subject to ongoing evaluation of practice standard.

What to expect on your first visit?

After completing your intake paperwork (online or in person), our Physiotherapist will begin with a thorough health history and physical assessment. The health history may consist of questions regarding the following: signs and symptoms you are experiencing, personal and family medical history, surgeries and accidents and major illness. The physical exam may consist of the following tests: orthopedic testing, postural and movement screen, reflex and neurological testing, muscle and joint palpation. Following the history and physical exam, your assessment findings will be discussed, and a plan of management will be prescribed. Your first treatment will begin following obtaining informed consent.

Related team members:

Kelsey Straatsma, MScPT, HBKin

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