PORT COQUITLAM PHYSIOTHERAPYFace to Face and Tele-Rehabilitation Physiotherapy in Port Coquitlam, Tri-Cities
What does a physiotherapist do?
A physiotherapist helps people recover from physical injuries, treat diseases, and even relieve or lessen chronic medical disorders.
During the physiotherapy initial appointment, A registered physical therapist who has completed competency-based post graduate university education undertakes a comprehensive assessment of the patient, evaluates the findings from the initial assessment to make clinical judgments, and formulates a diagnosis and a treatment plan. Your physiotherapist will provide consultation within their expertise and work in conjunction with you to implement the best possible treatment plan to help you achieve your desired outcomes. Also, a registered physical therapist will determine the outcomes of any interventions to monitor the success of the therapy, and recommend self-management methods to the patient to make sure of its continuous development and ensure better and faster recovery.
Now, if you are looking for a Physiotherapy clinic with trustworthy personnel within the Port Coquitlam BC area including Coquitlam and Port Moody, we have what you are looking for! You can easily book an appointment at our clinic, Westcoast SCI by clicking here. If you also want to just stay at home for health security purposes, you can simply request a telerehab appointment and receive our virtual care through virtual physio treatments and receive our care online to help you regain physical wellness, mobility as well as maximizing your quality of life.
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Frequently Asked Physiotherapy Questions
Who needs Physiotherapy?
As far as health sciences experts are concerned, any individual with physical problems such as; aches and pain, joint stiffness, athletes with sports injuries, women’s and men’s health issues, people who have had chronic musculoskeletal disorders, people who have had accidents or injuries, such as concussion or dizziness and those with psychological disorders can benefit from physiotherapy.
For individuals with injuries from sports related activities, active rehabilitation is the best way to recover and return to sport. Sports rehabilitation helps the individual whether he/she returns to training or competition without putting undue danger of re-injury. Our goal is to have the individual return to play as quickly as possible in the safest manner. This is especially true for post-concussion syndrome.
Sports rehabilitation will help patients with sports injuries regain normal mobility; restore strength and balance, and also protect patients with fall prevention techniques.
Women’s health is also important. Pregnant women and postpartum mothers can also greatly benefit from physiotherapy care. Seeking the guidance of a trained pelvic floor physiotherapist during and after pregnancy is a great way to improve physical health and wellbeing for the expectant mother and can provide her with education for a more peaceful state of mind.
For people with chronic musculoskeletal disorders (joint pain, neck pain, low back pain etc.), intramuscular stimulation or IMS and acupuncture may be advised. IMS is the practice of inserting very fine needles to the affected muscle.
Another way of relieving chronic pain with the pelvic floor and soft tissues is manual therapy. Manual therapy may also be part of your treatment. For those who have severe back pain and spinal trouble, manual therapy may help you relieve back pain and promote the movement joints in your back.
Patients who have encountered motor vehicle accidents and/or serious physical injuries, a modified exercise program called ICBC active rehabilitation will help the patient recover quickly from the accident. Physiotherapists and kinesiologists will be an integral part of the recovery process and help the patient to maximize quality of life.
Physiotherapists also assist people who suffer from head injuries and psychological disorders through concussion management. Concussions should be supervised based on the patient and will be tested afterwards with the patient’s good postural stability as the basis of a full recovery.
Finally, physiotherapists may be the most qualified health professional to help COVID-19 recovery patients return to activity safely. Many people who have suffered from COVID-19 find that they have lasting side effects that affect their quality of life. The side effects can include less severe symptoms such as shortness of breath or more serious conditions such as myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle). People who have suffered from and now recovered from COVID-19 may find that they still have trouble returning to the activities they were able to do in the past. This is especially true for more vigorous activities, including exercise and weight training. Physiotherapists have specialized training in human physiology, therapeutic exercise and active rehabilitation that allows them to be well suited to safely allow people to return to the activities they love, without being worried about their health and safety post COVID-19.
How quickly does Physiotherapy work?
A patient who undergoes physical therapy will be given the best standard of care for the given treatment plan. Here at Westcoast SCI, we always spend the entire duration of the session with you. There is no juggling of patients, leaving you alone on a buzzy machine. When we provide you with exercises, we are with you the entire time to explain why the exercise is necessary, teach you exactly how to perform the exercise correctly, what to look out for while doing the exercise and make sure that you know what to do at home as part of your home exercise strategy. Therefore, the period of the healing process depends on the physical condition, degree of injuries, soft tissue injuries, psycho-social needs and also how the patients’ body reacts to the treatment given.
Does Physiotherapy really work?
Yes, indeed! If you are provided with the best standard of care, it is undeniable that physiotherapy has provided successful developments to patients from all spectrums of life. With the help of the gifted hands and well-oriented registered physical therapists at Westcoast SCI who have expertise in providing quality, evidence-based treatment, you’re in good hands with us.
Now, let us help you experience the best standard of physiotherapy care Port Coquitlam BC can offer. Request an appointment now at our Port Coquitlam physiotherapy clinic and get treated safely and surely.
What are the types of Physiotherapy
Research has shown the four basic types of Physiotherapy, these are the geriatric physical therapy, sports physiotherapy, orthopaedic physiotherapy and paediatric physiotherapy.
Paediatric Physiotherapy is intended for children and teens who suffer from birth defects, developmental delays, muscle diseases and other physical disorders that a child may encounter. Registered physiotherapists with paediatric therapy specialize in exercise physiology treatments to help young individuals regain their strength and mobility, to give them the best possible quality of life.
Another type of physical therapy that helps individuals with musculoskeletal conditions, (back and neck pain), fractures from accidents and muscle strains is Orthopaedic physiotherapy.
For sports physiotherapy, athletes with sports injuries are the main concern of the sports physiotherapy program. Physiotherapists conduct tests to assess the fitness level of the injured patient athlete; they may recommend exercise physiology like stretching and strengthening, massage therapy for faster remedy and also concussion management therapy for sports-head injuries.
The fourth basic type of physiotherapy is Geriatric physiotherapy, which is intended for aged people who suffer from old-age related conditions such as; arthritis, loss of motion, incontinence and even Alzheimer’s disease. Physical therapists who are experts in geriatric physiotherapy treatments will administer programs to help elderly people do their daily activities easier.
Additionally, Vestibular therapy focuses on sensory mechanisms in our inner ear. Vestibular therapy helps patients improve balance and reduce problems related to dizziness and vertigo, by prescribing patients to go through vestibular rehabilitation. Those that suffer from concussions commonly have vestibular conditions that need to be addressed in addition to concussion symptoms.
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How often should you have Physiotherapy sessions?
Provided with the patient’s medical history and objective assessment, physiotherapists may suggest patients with minor injuries to have 3 or 4 physical therapy sessions. While patients with more serious injuries may have more therapy sessions lasting 6-8 weeks. Given this, there are so many factors that can affect the length and duration for treatment.
Those with more serious injuries, like a serious motor vehicle accident for example, may take 2 or more months of physiotherapy and ICBC active rehab depending on the severity of the injury and your commitment to physiotherapy treatment.
Take note that the number of weeks needed is not really equivalent to the number of therapy appointments. You can choose to receive your treatment in-person at our Port Coquitlam Physiotherapy clinic, or you can choose to complete your physiotherapy sessions through our Tele-Rehab service, where you can experience the best physiotherapy practice by our very own trusted therapists at the convenience of your home via online or virtual telerehabilitation sessions.
What are the advantages of physiotherapy?
- It relieves pain, strengthens muscle and restores joint function.
- It is less risky than surgery.
- It improves mobility and promotes balance stability.
- It helps patients and athletes recover from sports injuries.
- It restores proper vestibular function and reduces symptoms of vertigo via vestibular rehabilitation.
- It can help with cardiovascular conditions.
- It helps and can improve arthritic conditions.
- It helps patients with pulmonary and breathing difficulty.
- It can strengthen women’s health, particularly during pregnancy and or postpartum.
Should you rest after Physiotherapy?
Rest and relaxation is indeed a good idea to help restore your energy levels. It can also prevent further damage of the injured area.
However, the patient should still continue physiotherapy treatments until they have regained full recovery. Moreover, if you experience unusual pain, you should directly contact your physiotherapist for immediate action. Also, rest assured that you will be provided with a home based program you can do at home to promote safety, manage your symptoms and develop continuous health improvement.
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