What is physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy is a regulated rehabilitation profession that focuses on improving physical function and preventing future injury. Physiotherapists work with individuals of all ages and can address a variety of conditions, from post-operative or acute injuries to chronic, long-standing issues.  They treat the client as a whole by looking at not only the site of pain, but also at contributing factors such as ergonomics at work, posture, movement patterns and lifestyle. By working together, a physiotherapist can help you get back to the lifestyle and activities you love with confidence and strength in a pain-free manner.

What to expect at your first visit

Please dress in a manner that will easily expose the area you would like assessed, and bring any medical scripts or imaging reports regarding your current injury. The initial assessment will take approximately one hour, which will allow for time to complete the assessment and start with treatment. The physiotherapist will take a detailed medical history about the mechanism of injury, progression of symptoms, and previous injuries. This is followed by a physical assessment where the therapist will observe your movement patterns and check the integrity of the neuromuscular system by testing key muscle groups and neurological signs. The findings from the initial assessment are then used to help guide the treatment approach.

What does physiotherapy treatment involve?

Subsequent follow up sessions can range from 30 minutes to an hour depending on the complexity of the injury. At Fusion, all sessions are one-on-one with the physiotherapist. Treatment commonly includes a combination of hands-on manual therapy, electrical modalities, education and exercises tailored to your physical requirements. A physiotherapist can also provide injury prevention strategies and advice on health promotion. Referrals to other health professionals to complement your physiotherapy treatment may be recommended as needed.