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PHYSIOTHERAPY

Physiotherapists are primary health care professionals who can diagnose and treat a wide range of musculoskeletal problems. Through extensive schooling and post-graduate training, they gain in-depth knowledge of how the body works allowing them to pinpoint the root of your problem by completing a thorough assessment. Whether you have an acute injury or something that just doesn’t feel right, our physios are here to help you be your best self and reach your goals.

We believe that it is crucial to find the true source of your injury and to treat it, but also to provide you with education and the necessary tools to prevent the injury from coming back. As good natured and fun as we are and as much as we like getting to know our clients, we don’t want you coming back over and over for the same injury. We will use every tool in our bag to make you feel better. Remember that the quicker you get your injury looked at, the easier your journey to recovery will be. Don’t let pain, reduced mobility or any injury keep you from doing what matters to you.

Your physiotherapist will complete a detailed examination using various tests and measurements to understand the root of your problem. The area giving you grief and the actual location of the problem might be very closely related but they might be completely different body parts. The human body is made to work as one big machine and that’s why your therapist will likely look beyond the painful area. Your therapist will also work with you to understand your injury and its impact on your life.

WHAT KIND OF INJURIES DO PHYSIOTHERAPISTS TREAT?

  • Achille’s Tendonitis

  • ACL Injury and Reconstruction

  • Ankle Sprain

  • BPPV (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo)

  • Concussion

  • Dizziness

  • Elbow Pain

  • Fracture

  • Frozen Shoulder

  • Golfer’s Elbow

  • Headache

  • Hip Pain

  • Iliotibial (IT) Band Syndrome

  • Knee Injuries

  • Ligament Injuries

  • Low Back Pain

  • Meniscal injury and Repair

  • Neck and Shoulder Pain

  • Nerve Entrapment

  • Patellofemoral Pain

  • Pediatrics

    • Chronic Pain

    • Orthopedic Injuries

    • Positioning

    • Torticollis​

    • Toe Walking

  • Plantar Fasciitis

  • Rotator Cuff Injury

  • Runner’s Knee

  • Sciatica

  • Shin Splints

  • Shoulder Impingement

  • Shoulder Reconstruction

  • Sprains and Strains

  • Tendonitis/Tenosynovitis

  • Tennis Elbow

  • Total Hip Replacement

  • Total Knee Replacement

  • Vertigo

  • Wrist Pain

  • Whiplash

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WHAT SERVICES TO PHYSIOTHERAPISTS OFFER?

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SPORTS PHYSIOTHERAPY

Sports Physiotherapy is a specialty of the profession focussed on assessment, treatment and recovery of athletes. Athletes, whether recreational or professional, need their body to perform at a high level and through significant stress. Even small injuries can be catastrophic if they keep athletes away from their sport for a certain amount of time.

 

Our physiotherapists understand the athlete’s mentality and are ready to figure out the best plan to safely get you back to your sport, at your pre-injury level (or even better!) and as quickly as possible.

Your physio will use a variety of techniques (athletic taping, kinesio taping, active exercise and so much more) to help you return to your sport or improve your current performance.

 
 
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MANUAL THERAPY

Manual therapy is part of the core and essence of physiotherapy. It refers to the use of hands-on techniques to help increase joint mobility, improve tissue flexibility and reduce pain. It also allows your physiotherapist to assess your joints and tissue which is crucial to diagnosing your injury and promoting recovery.

 

Techniques include joint mobilization and manipulation, passive and assisted movements and soft tissue mobilization. Manual therapy techniques often provide rapid relief of symptoms.

 
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CONCUSSION MANAGEMENT

A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) caused by a rapid acceleration or deceleration of the brain within the skull. For example, this can happen after a blow to the head, from coming to a rapid stop (like in a car accident), or going through a rapid jarring movement of the head or neck (like after a fall). Concussions can result in a variety of prolonged symptoms including but not limited to: headaches, dizziness, nausea, visual issues, emotional changes, brain fogginess, and sleep disturbance. Most concussions will resolve within the first 7-10 days after injury, however symptoms may last longer than this period. Concussion rehabilitation focuses on the assessment and management of the patient’s unique symptoms with the goal of safely and gradually returning to previous levels of day-to-day function.

 
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ACUPUNCTURE

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese treatment approach often titled Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM.  The Chinese philosophy believes that the human body flows with an invisible energy called ‘chi’ (pronounced ‘chee’).  When the flow of chi is blocked by overuse or injury, acute pain or chronic pain may result. 

 

Acupuncture uses a high-quality fine thin needle to release the blockage and allow the chi’s energy to flow properly, providing relief and allowing the energy to flow and return the person to normality.  Qualified physical therapists will use this ancient Chinese technique as a tool for pain relief.

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DRY NEEDLING

Are your shoulders as hard as rock? Do you get frequent headaches? Do you suffer from golfer’s or tennis elbow? Dry needling might be the one treatment you’ve been waiting for.

Dry needling is based on manual therapy principles and uses the same high-quality fine thin needles as in Traditional Chinese Medicine acupuncture. Dry needling is gaining in popularity as it is very effective approach to treat a large range of soft-tissue injuries (sport injuries, muscle pain, myofascial pain, fibromyalgia, tendonitis and more).

 
 
 
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VESTIBULAR REHABILITATION

Vestibular rehabilitation (or dizziness rehabilitation) refers to the diagnosis and treatment of concerns related to dizziness, vertigo and balance. Vertigo and dizziness are often due to a dysfunction of the vestibular system, found in the inner ear, that sends signals to the brain in regards to your position in space. Our therapists have received advanced training and use specialized equipment to complete a comprehensive assessment to determine the cause of these symptoms. Depending on the cause, your physiotherapist may work with a variety of specialized exercises (balance, visual, cervical), repositioning maneuvers, and other management strategies. 

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TRIGGER POINT & MYOFASCIAL RELEASE

Trigger point and myofascial pain refer to acute or chronic pain disorders caused by sensitivity and tightness in your muscles and myofascial tissue. Trigger point and myofascial release is a common treatment technique used by physiotherapists to treat tight muscles and pain. It involves applying gentle sustained pressure to the painful area which will result in relaxation and lengthening of the tissue. The goals are to reduce the muscle tension and tightness allowing for reduced pain and improved range of motion in order to assist in your recovery.

 
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MODALITIES

Therapeutic modalities have been a part of traditional physical therapy for a long time. They refer to the use of thermal, electrical, mechanical, sound or light energy to create physiological effects in your tissue. Common modalities used as part of physiotherapy treatment include ultrasound, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), cryotherapy (ice) and heat. The choice of which modality to use will vary based on your condition, needs and goals.

 
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WORK RELATED INJURIES

Did you sustain an injury at work? Reach Sports Physiotherapy & Hand Clinic is an approved Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) clinic. Come see our experts to start your journey to recovery.

The Government of Alberta endorses the Workers’ Compensation Act whereby injuries sustained at work whether acute or progressive in nature are eligible for physical and occupational therapy assessment and treatment compensated by WCB.  Our experienced therapists will work with you and your WCB case manager to guide you through the process with the goal of returning you back to your previous level of function. Check out our FAQ for more details.

 
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MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT

Motor Vehicle Accidents (MVA) are often a traumatic event and can result in a wide range of physical and psychological injuries. The adrenaline and stress that accompany these circumstances can mask a serious injury. Even if your symptoms appear mild, a thorough assessment with one of our experienced physiotherapists is highly recommended to avoid delays in your recovery. Early assessment and treatment of your injuries are key to a successful outcome and to returning to all that matters to you. Check out our FAQ for more details.

 
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POST SURGICAL REHABILITATION

Whether following an acute trauma or degenerative changes, having an orthopedic surgery can be an intimidating and overwhelming experience.  Our experienced therapists will communicate with your surgeon to discuss the specificities of your surgery and develop the best post-operative protocols for you to reach optimal outcome.  We will advise you on how to manage at home and help you return to your activities of daily living (ADL’s) including your recreational and sporting activities.

 

We even encourage you to reach out to us prior to surgery so we can give you tips and tricks to facilitate the first few days after surgery and pre-arrange all of your therapeutic post-surgical needs.

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PEDIATRIC PHYSIOTHERAPY

Pediatric physiotherapy requires specialized skills to understand both your child’s injury and its relation to their stage of development. Most importantly, it has to be engaging and fun!

 

Our physiotherapist is experienced in the assessment and treatment of torticollis, positioning, toe walking, pediatric chronic pain and pediatric orthopedic injuries (fractures, sprains, sport injuries and post-operative rehab). Our team takes time to listen and understand your concerns as a parent while doing everything we can to make your child comfortable.  

 

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