What do Physiotherapists do?
Physiotherapists get you moving and keep you moving. Physiotherapists are highly-educated experts in physical function, movement and mobility. They have advanced knowledge of how the human body moves and what stops it moving. Physiotherapists use specialized hands-on treatment to restore, maintain and maximize optimal function and quality of life. Physiotherapists:
- Assess, diagnose and treat physical symptoms and limited movement caused by injury, aging, disability, or health condition.
- Help patients understand what’s causing their condition.
- Work with patients to restore, maintain and maximize movement, flexibility and physical independence.
- Develop customized treatment plans that help patients take back control.
- Teach patients how to restore, maintain and/or maximize movement, reduce pain, and manage any chronic symptoms.
- Teach patients how to stay well, avoid future injury and achieve the best quality of life they can.
Physiotherapists excel in the treatment of many conditions including (but not limited to) back pain/injury, whiplash, pregnancy-related muscle/joint issues, and vertigo to name a few. They also help patients manage symptoms of chronic conditions like arthritis and chronic pain.
Physiotherapists help patients who may have otherwise tried temporary (e.g., prescription drugs) or more invasive methods (e.g., surgery) to manage their condition. They use individualized therapeutic exercise, manual therapy and other treatment techniques.
Physiotherapists requires that the patient is involved and engaged in the recovery process, as success is often dependent on the patient’s commitment to the process.