Physiotherapy

Physiotherapists are health care practitioners that help people affected by injury, illness or disability through movement and exercise, manual therapy, education and advice. They maintain health for people of all ages, helping patients to manage pain and prevent reoccurring injury.

 

A physiotherapist undergoes on average 5 years of an undergraduate degree and a 2-year Master’s Degree in Physiotherapy. Throughout their profession, they will take courses to expand their knowledge and treatment techniques.

 

In a typical physiotherapy assessment, the physiotherapist will ask the patient the history of their physical conditions, current symptoms, and any other relevant information for what they are coming in for. From there, the physiotherapist assesses the patients’ movement in varying positions such as standing, sitting and lying down. This can be done with the patient doing the movements themselves, or the physiotherapist moving the patient passively.

 

Once the physiotherapist has assessed the patient’s movement, associated pain and strength, they will begin hands-on treatment with such techniques as manual therapy, Active Release Technique or soft tissue release, and strengthening. If a patient’s injury or pain is too acute, modalities such as TENS, heat, ice or therapeutic laser can be used to help symptoms and healing. Throughout or at the end of the session the patient will be educated on their diagnosis of injury and be prescribed advice and certain physical exercises for the patient to do for homework in order to start resolving the mechanical problems.

 

Assessing the problem, not the pain.

 

At Orillia Synergy Healthcare, our physiotherapist assesses the patients’ movements and strengths to assess not just WHERE the pain is coming from, but WHY they are getting pain in the first place. Pain normally arises because improper movement patterns cause joints to move poorly above or below the place of injury. In order to resolve the pain, treatment needs to be focused on areas around the painful site.

 

Common Conditions Treated:

  • Muscle strains

  • Joint Sprains

  • Pre and Post-operative rehabilitation

  • Nerve injuries (numbness, tingling, pins and needles)

  • Deconditioning

  • Mid back and low back pain

  • Neck pain

  • Rotator cuff dysfunction/tears

  • Overuse Injuries

  • Stiff joints

  • Sciatica

  • Carpal tunnel

  • Scoliosis

  • Tendonitis/bursitis

  • Disc herniation

  • Degenerative Disc Disease

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Osteoporosis

  • Other aches and pains

  • Motor Vehicle Accidents

  • Work place injuries