Physical therapy is provided by healthcare professionals who have completed their masters in physical therapy. Treatments can also be provided by physical rehabilitation therapists, who have completed their college level career programs. Both professionals are members of the Ordre professionnel de la physiothérapie du Québec (OPPQ). Since 1990, the public has direct access to physical therapy, no longer requiring prescription from a physician.
Physical therapy is intended for practically anyone who has a musculoskeletal injury, or anyone who wants to prevent it :
This service is beneficial for active adults, either for chronic or acute conditions. Musculoskeletal problems can develop as a result of poor workplace ergonomics, due to prolonged stress, unusual changes in activities (i.e., large-scale cleaning, moving, etc) or sports activities. Physiotherapy helps to identify the source of the problem, relieve symptoms and treat the cause. The objective is to find an optimal biomechanics while avoiding recurrences.
More specifically, physiotherapy is indicated for athletes of all levels and any age feeling pain when practicing their sport. An evaluation of the detailed biomechanics and the specific movement makes it possible to help the athlete understand the problem. Following treatment and strengthening exercises, the physiotherapist and athlete develop a plan to gradually reintegrate the sport without pain.
Physiotherapy is also beneficial for the elderly. With age, stiffness settles in and it may take longer to recover from an injury. Treatments also help to counter loss of autonomy and balance disorders. The effects of inactivity are even greater in this population. The physiotherapist sets up a safe exercise program to increase the level of activity.
Children with musculoskeletal disorders may also benefit from physiotherapy services, be it postural disorders, injuries or developmental disorders. See the pediatric physiotherapy page here.
WORK AND ROAD ACCIDENT
At the ABC Clinique Santé, injured patients are treated as a whole. When a physician refers a patient to a physiotherapist as part of a CSST or SAAQ program, physiotherapists take care of the patient and offer the appropriate treatments to aim for a rapid or gradual return to work. Often, treatments are done in an interdisciplinary way, that is, the patient receives treatments from several professionals if necessary (occupational therapist, psychologist, massage therapist, etc.).
WHY CONSULT A PHYSICAL THERAPIST?
• Prevent Acute Conditions and/or Chronic Conditions
• Rehabilitation after orthopaedic surgery or fractures (muscle pain, mobility and strength)
• Herniated Discs / Spinal Stenosis / Lower Back or Neck Pain
• Sciatica (Sciatic Nerve Pain)
• Osteoarthritis: Spine or extremities (Knees, Hips, etc.)
• Tendinitis, Bursitis (Shoulder, Elbow, Knee, Hip, Ankle)
• Capsulitis (Shoulder)
• Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
• Pain following prolonged postures, repetitive movements or sports
• Sprain (Ankle, Knee, Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist, Thumb)
• Feet or Hand Numbness and/or Tingling
• Foot Pain : Lenoir Spurs, Plantar Fasciitis
• Muscle Pain (Strain, Stiffness, etc.)
A physiotherapist must assess and treat a condition as a whole. An assessment includes a postural and biomechanical examination as well as a detailed assessment of the affected structures. A physiotherapist will then be able to offer appropriate and personalized treatments.
Manual therapy (mobilisation and manipulation)
Tissue treatments (relaxation, stretching, massage)
Change towards healthy life habits