At Burlington Sports Therapy, we believe in providing evidence-based care for musculoskeletal injury.

Our staff physiotherapists are Beth Slack and Erin Galway. They both utilize various treatment modalities to assist patients with their recovery.

Acupuncture, laser therapy, soft-tissue treatment and rehabilitative exercises are just a few of the common ways our physiotherapists assist their patients.  Below is some general information about physiotherapy.  Should you have any questions about physiotherapy or your specific condition, please do not hesitate to contact us directly.

Physiotherapy at Burlington Sports Therapy

physiotherapy exercise equipmentAfter your initial examination, our physiotherapist will discuss with you the nature or your condition and whether or not her treatment offerings will be beneficial to your recovery. This examination involves a discussion about your health-history followed by some physical tests.

These tests include movement analysis, strength tests, sensation and neurological tests and orthopedic tests. This will provide your physiotherapist with an idea of what your condition is and what would be the optimal way to treat it.

At our physiotherapy clinic in Burlington Ontario, Erin, Beth or Aislinn will discuss with you the various treatment options suitable to your condition and together you can agree on how to proceed. As mentioned previously, our Burlington Physiotherapy clinic believes in using the most recent evidence-based information possible to help guide choices for treatment.

At our physiotherapy clinic in Burlington, we often utilize a combination of laser therapy, hands-on soft tissue treatment, acupuncture (if agreeable to the patient) and rehabilitative exercises. Educating patients about their condition and the ways to maintain clinical improvement is a very important component of care at our facility in Burlington.

If your condition would be better managed by a different practitioner our physiotherapist will make the appropriate recommendation to you.

Common Questions about Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy - What is it?

The role of a physiotherapist is to help people improve or maintain their physical function. Physiotherapists also promote fitness, health and wellness. In Ontario, they are primary health care practitioners, meaning you don’t necessarily need a referral to consult with a physiotherapist. Physiotherapists utilize their knowledge about the body and musculoskeletal system to help assess and treat physiotherapy patients. Treatment can vary depending on the specific training of the physiotherapist, but usually involves hands-on clinical skills, exercise advice and various clinical modalities like laser and acupuncture. Physiotherapy is developed within the sciences of movement and looks at the function of multiple body systems to restore or enhance function.

Physiotherapists - What training do they have?

Most physiotherapists have undergone six years of post secondary education. There are 14 accredited Canadian Universities in which physiotherapists can obtain an entry-level Physiotherapy Master’s degree. After satisfying this minimum requirement of education, candidates can apply for a license through the regulatory college of physiotherapy for their respective province. Physiotherapists in Burlington for example, would register with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario. This organization regulates and monitors the practice of physiotherapy in Ontario.

Physiotherapists - What conditions do they treat?

Physiotherapists treat various conditions affecting the musculoskeletal system. That means injury to the muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones, nerves, fascia and cartilage (joints) to name a few. Some of the specific conditions are listed below;

Neck Pain, Back Pain, Headaches, TMJ dysfunction, Shoulder Pain, Rotator Cuff Tear, Bicipital Tendinitis, Tendinosis, Knee Pain, Arthritis, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Tennis Elbow, Golfers Elbow, Plantar Fasciitis to name a few.

Do I need a referral to see a physiotherapist?

Although physiotherapists are primary care providers, many extended health insurance plans require a doctor’s referral in order to reimburse you for your physiotherapy sessions.

Physiotherapy - What are the benefits?

There are many different reasons to see a physiotherapist. Some of the more common injuries have been listed above; neck pain, back pain, sprains, strains and chronic pains. Generally speaking though, a physiotherapist is a great person to consult with regarding different aspects of your overall health. For example, some people who are interested in exercising but aren’t sure which activities are safe for them consult with a physiotherapist to get some guidance. Another reason might be general stiffness; physiotherapists are able to offer hands on treatment to restore mobility, but they can also suggest stretches and exercises that might be helpful.

Physiotherapy - Is it safe?

Physiotherapy is a natural, safe, drug-free, non-invasive approach to resolving many different musculoskeletal conditions. Prior to starting treatment, all health professionals are required by law to obtain informed consent to treatment from their patients. Our physiotherapist in Burlington Ontario is no different. Health care consumers must receive adequate and accurate information to assist them in evaluating their health care choices, and in balancing the relative risks of treatment options with the benefits. The physiotherapy profession takes this responsibility very seriously. Ontario’s physiotherapists are required in their Standards of Practice to obtain written informed consent prior to treating a patient.

If you are in the Burlington, Oakville, Hamilton and surrounding areas and are in need of Physiotherapy, call Burlington Sports Therapy today.

Dr Kevin McIntyre and his team are wonderful. Kevin is highly skilled and sensitive to the patients needs. His staff is top notch, friendly and engaging. I wouldn’t go anywhere else!

Debbie Z., July 2016

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