Using our physical therapists’ knowledge we treat the source of your problem.
Here’s what a physiotherapist can do for you – proper diagnosis comes first:
1. A big part of the picture is your voice. We need a clear picture of your story, when and why your pain started, how your pain behaves. The more specific you can be , the clearer the picture becomes and the more quickly we can narrow down a cause.
2. A physical exam involves measuring mobility, strength, and observing how you move. Muscles and joints are examined in detail to help formulate a diagnosis that allows us to proceed with a treatment plan. This takes place during your initial assessment and may change with ongoing reassessment.
3. Occasionally (rarely) advanced imaging may be required. Physiotherapists (physical therapists) will soon be able to order these tests; however, because of our advanced hands-on examination techniques we will less likely have to send you for an xray, thus saving you from unnecessary exposure to radiation and save you from many irrelevant findings that may be apparent on xrays. Even when changes are made to the Healing Arts Radiation Protection Act we will continue to communicate closely with your family physician to coordinate the best care for optimal outcomes.
We are unique in our education and background to diagnose,classify, and manage musculoskeletal problems. One recent report showed physical therapists were found to have higher levels of knowledge in managing musculoskeletal conditions than physician interns, residents, and all physician specialists except for orthopaedic surgeons.1
1. Childs, J. D., Whitman, J. M., Sizer, P. S., Pugia, M. L., Flynn, T. W., & Delitto, A. (2005). A description of physical therapists’ knowledge in managing musculoskeletal conditions. BMC Musculoskeletal disorders, 6(1), 32.