Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy is a healthcare profession which aims to maximize people’s mobility, strength, function and health to optimize participation in activities of daily living. Physiotherapy also involves the rehabilitation of injuries, orthopaedic impairments, pre and post-surgical conditions and many others. Physiotherapists are trained to assess your area of concern and create a therapy plan based on your goals. These goals may include a return to work, sports or other activities after injury. Your physical therapist will help you achieve your goals and guide you in your return to optimal physical function and health.

Everyone can gain health benefits from Physiotherapy!

The physiotherapists in our Winnipeg clinic treat a huge variety of people from athletes with sports injuries to office workers with postural pain. We also treat people who have had car accidents, workplace injuries or need rehabilitation before or after surgery. Our physical therapists see people of all ages from children to the elderly. If you have a health concern that is orthopaedic in nature, call our Winnipeg clinic and one of our physiotherapists will be happy to help you!

Your physiotherapist’s main goal is to get you back to the activities that you care about!

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What can physiotherapy help me with?

Back and neck pain

Muscle and joint pain

Therapy for strains/sprains

Therapy for tendonitis

Rehabilitation after a workplace injury (WCB claims)

Injury from a motor vehicle accident (MPI claims)

Nerve pain (sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome, etc.)

Sports injury

Pre and post-surgical rehabilitation

Therapy for arthritis pain

Headaches

Jaw problems

Increasing mobility and flexibility

Increasing strength and balance

Exercise prescription

Increasing function

And many more!

Our main goal is to get you back to the activities that you care about!

What to expect at your first physiotherapy visit

When you arrive at our clinic for your first physiotherapy session, we will collect some basic information from you to start your file. We will also find out details about any insurance coverage you may have for physiotherapy and go over it with you. We will ask you to fill out an intake form that covers basic medical history and details about your area of complaint. Once this has been completed you will be taken to your private assessment room.

 

Your physiotherapist will go over your intake form and ask you about your area of concern. Any information that you share with your physiotherapist is confidential. Your physiotherapist will then perform a physical assessment of things like your movement, strength, balance and flexibility depending on the nature of your injury or impairment.  

 

Your physiotherapist will also palpate your area of concern to check for signs of inflammation, tenderness, tension or spasm. This information will help your therapist determine what the cause of your impairment is and what can be done to treat it. Based on this assessment, your physiotherapist will develop your individualized therapy plan. Your therapy plan may include some of the following:

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Education

Your physiotherapist will give you information about your injury or impairment and the best way to treat it.

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Manual Therapy

This includes a variety of hands on therapy techniques such as joint mobilizations, massage and assisted stretches to improve joint movement and reduce pain.

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Exercises Therapy

You will be instructed in an exercise program to promote the healing of your injury as well as improve your mobility, flexibility and strength.

Modalities

Hot/cold packs, TENS units, ultrasound or traction may be used to help treat your injury or impairment.

Do your Physiotherapists give Home Programs to Complement in Clinic Therapy?

Yes! Physiotherapists are exercise specialists and you will always be given exercises to work on at home to help with your recovery. These exercises will be tweaked and progressed throughout your therapy program based on your needs. Your physiotherapist may also suggest other things to try at home such as a variety of pain relieving techniques, changes to your work station, better lifting techniques and footwear modification to name a few.  

How Many Clinic Visits will I Need with my Physiotherapist?

The number of physiotherapy treatment sessions you will need depends on the nature of your injury or impairment. Many different factors can affect healing time such as the severity of injury, general health and age to name a few. Your physiotherapist will discuss this with you further after your assessment. Your therapist will also continually re-evaluate your progress throughout your therapy program and make modifications as needed. Once you have fully healed and have reached your therapy goals you will be discharged from your physiotherapy treatment program.

What Kind of Training do Physiotherapists Have?

Physiotherapists are university educated and licensed healthcare professionals. The University of Manitoba’s Physical Therapy program in Winnipeg has now transitioned from a Bachelor’s of Medical Rehabilitation degree (BMR (PT)) to a Master’s of Physical Therapy degree (MPT).  Studies in physical therapy focus on areas related to anatomy, physiology, exercise, medicine, pathology and physiotherapy assessment and treatment techniques to name a few. After graduating, physiotherapists are only allowed to begin practicing independently once they successfully complete national written and practical licensing exams.

Physiotherapy Coverage

You may have coverage for physiotherapy though a private insurance plan, the Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba (WCB) or Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI). Manitoba Health and treaty benefits currently do not cover physiotherapy in private clinics in Winnipeg. We do direct billing with the WCB, MPI and most private insurers depending on what your plan allows. We can help you find out more information about what you may be covered for.

Do I need a Doctor’s Prescription to have physiotherapy?

No. We do not require a doctor’s prescription for physiotherapy treatment. However, some insurance plans require a prescription for physiotherapy to be covered in Winnipeg clinics. You can find out if your plan requires a prescription for physiotherapy by calling your insurance provider. We can assist you to find out this information.

What Should I Bring to my Physiotherapy Treatment?

Be sure to wear or bring clothing that is loose fitting and allows exposure of the area to be treated. We can also provide you with a medical gown or shorts if needed. If you have a doctor’s prescription, imaging results or other relevant information please bring that in as well. If you have coverage under a private insurance plan and would like us to do direct billing for your treatment, please bring your insurance card or plan numbers with you. If you are under the Workers Compensation Board or Manitoba Public Insurance, please bring your claim number with you.

Is Physiotherapy Right for You?

According to the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, approximately 11,000,000 Canadians over the age of 12 are affected by musculoskeletal conditions annually. Physiotherapy is proven to help promote recovery from injury, reduce disability, increase physical function, reduce the risk of re-injury and contribute to earlier return to work. It can also delay or decrease the need for surgical intervention. If you are suffering because of a musculoskeletal problem, call our Winnipeg clinic to book an appointment today!