Physiotherapists - the "first contact" practitioners.



Athletes, like this Restorative athlete, can't afford to avoid certain on field movements, but she also can't afford to suffer from them either.

This all round top athlete came to us this year after hearing a dreaded pop in her knee after competing in a track event. Most female athletes fear the terrible triad - torn ACL, MCL, and medial Meniscus. Luckily with early intervention we could put her worries to rest by doing a thorough assessment, making the decision if imaging was required, and suggesting appropriate referrals to Sports Medicine Doctors (specialists).

The field of musculoskeletal (MSK) and sports type injury has become somewhat of a specialized area in recent times. In a private practice setting, such as Restorative Sports Therapy, the management of MSK injuries, both with athletes and the general public, is our main focus.

We often hear the statement "do I have to see my doctor first?" .  Absolutely you can but you do not require a referral to see a Physiotherapist. Often Physiotherapists are known as "first contact" practitioners- which means that we have the necessary means to examine, diagnose, treat, and advise our patients with no previous input or referral from a doctor. Physiotherapists, who have completed post graduate courses, can now send patients for imaging as well, such as X-ray, ultrasound and private MRI's.

Above all things the most important thing is the well being of our patients. We work closely with doctors for some of the following reasons- referral for: scans, injections, to specialists, and to other health professionals. Most good physios will recognize the need to refer to doctors and likewise most doctors will see when Physiotherapy is indicated.

Just another way Physio can help.

~Find your passion, find what moves you, find your strength in movement~

Gina Perrault