you're young or old, active or taking it easy, there's a strong
chance you could benefit from physiotherapy at some point.
of us, for instance, will suffer from back pain at some stage
in our lives. The following explains what physiotherapy is and
how Physiomontreal can
help you ...
Q: What is physiotherapy?
uses a variety of techniques to help your muscles and joints work
to their full potential. It can help repair damage by speeding
up the healing process and reducing pain and stiffness.
also have an important role in rehabilitation, for example, helping
people who have had strokes to relearn basic movements. However,
physiotherapists don't just offer treatment, their advice can
help you prevent problems returning or even happening in the first
Q: What types of problem can
any condition that affects your muscles, joints or nerves. Common
problems that can be helped by physiotherapy include:
conditions such as arthritis
and neck pain, including whiplash
affecting children including cerebral palsy
related symptoms such as back pain and stress incontinence
limb work related problems, also known as repetitive strain
and other breathing difficulties
and other neurological problems
of stress and anxiety.
What does the treatment involve?
any action is taken, the physiotherapist will assess your condition,
diagnose the problem and help you understand what's wrong. They
will work with you to develop an effective treatment plan that
takes into account your lifestyle, leisure activities and general
health. This will include advice on how you can help yourself,
for example, you may be shown exercises that you can do between
treatment sessions. Where appropriate, physiotherapists also advise
carers how they can help.
use a variety of treatments. For example:
programmes - designed to improve mobility and strengthen muscles
and mobilisation - to reduce pain and stiffness
- for example, ultrasound to speed up the healing process
- used by some physiotherapists qualified to practise this technique
- exercise in water
Q: What should I do if I injure
myself? Do I need to be referred by a MD, or can I make an appointment
to see a physiotherapist immediately?
the nature or extent of your orthopaedic injury is unclear, you
must make an appointment for a consultation with your personal
medical physician or specialist. The specialist may in turn recommend
x-rays, medication or any other course of action which is deemed
appropriate, including perhaps physiotherapy.
however, you are very familiar with your injury, and you know
that it can be addressed by a physiotherapist, you may choose
to skip the medical consultation and make an appointment directly
with our physiotherapy services. But remember, when in doubt about
the nature of your injury, consult a physician. These consultations
are fully covered by Medicare, so there's no need to gamble.
Q: How effective is physiotherapy?
measure their clinical effectiveness by the same standards applied
to other health professionals, including doctors and nurses. This
is done through independent research to prove that physiotherapy
works. For example, studies show that exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation,
led by physiotherapists, results in a reduction of sudden death
rates after a heart attack by 25 per cent. There is also strong
evidence that physiotherapy is an effective treatment for back
ensure physiotherapists in Quebec apply equally high standards,
the Ordre des Physiotherapeutes du Quebec, the professional body
representing physiotherapists, circulates guidelines based on
research to all its members.