Physiotherapy is a rehabilitation profession that assists in restoring functional limitations arising from injuries that affect the muscle, bone and nervous system. Injuries can be traumatic, insidious in onset or from overuse. A big part of physiotherapy is to identify movement dysfunctions that predispose individuals to these injuries – identifying the root of the problem.
Physiotherapists will discuss short-term and long-term goals with the patient. Initial rehabilitation may include gentle exercises, manual therapy and modalities to alleviate symptoms (such as pain). Progression will focus on individualized exercises to strengthen and correct muscle imbalances, aimed to restore functional independence and prevent future injuries.
Our physiotherapists work in a multidisciplinary fashion with the medical doctor, chiropractor, optometrist and occupational therapist to provide integrative therapy. What that means is that rather than just doing exercises in isolation, they are integrated with visual, cognitive and vestibular challenges. This will make the exercises more relevant to your “real life” situation. Keeping the rehabilitation “functional” will help you see how we are working towards your goals. It will also improve treatment outcomes as functional strategies will lend to easy implementation of rehab in your day-to-day life. Our occupational therapist works with the team to create your home exercise plan to make it feasible and enjoyable. There are many tasks you do in a given day that can be done slightly differently to reinforce physiotherapy.
Our physiotherapy department has also been trained in vision therapy. This is conveniently located for those searching for places in Toronto offer vision therapy. Vision therapy follows the same integrative approach to treat many binocular vision problems that can result from a concussion.
Research & writing: Dr. Taher Chugh
Last update: July 2020