What is physiotherapy?

Focusing on improving and restoring physical function and mobility in patients with musculoskeletal, neurological, and other health conditions, physiotherapists use a variety of evidence-based techniques like exercise, manual therapy, and modalities to assess, diagnose, and treat a wide range of issues and conditions.

The goal of physiotherapy is to help patients reduce pain, enhance their quality of life, prevent further injuries, and regain or maintain their independence and physical wellbeing. 

What can physiotherapy treat?

The specific conditions treated by physiotherapists may vary based on their expertise. Here are some of the common conditions treated by physiotherapy:

- Arthritis: managing pain and improving joint function
- Rehabilitation post-surgery: enhancing recovery after procedures
- Fractures: rehabilitation post-fracture
- Neurological conditions: such as stroke rehabilitation
- Sprains & strains: managing and rehabilitating sprained or strained muscles, tendons, or ligaments
- Work-related injuries: including ergonomic assessment
- Vertigo and balance disorders: restoring equilibrium
- Pelvic floor dysfunction: treating incontinence and other issues
Lymphedema management: reducing swelling
- Rotator cuff injuries: improve strength and flexibility in the shoulder joint

When should I see a physiotherapist?

Think about getting physiotherapy if you have an injury or chronic pain that affects how you function every day. A doctor may refer you to physiotherapy after surgery such as a hip replacement, shoulder surgery, or ACL reconstruction.

I suffer from headaches. Can physiotherapy help me?

If the origin of your headache is musculature and not of systemic origin, then yes.

Can physiotherapy treatments be painful?

Depending on the area and type of treatment, it can be painful but it’s definitely not harmful.

What should I wear to my physiotherapy appointment?

Comfortable athletic wear. Shorts if the issue is regarding the lower extremity and cuff off shirt/sports bra if it’s regarding the upper.

Is physiotherapy covered by OHIP?

Physiotherapy at the Adelaide Health Clinic is not covered by OHIP. Ontario’s Community Physiotherapy Clinic Program provides OHIP covered physiotherapy at designated clinics for patients meeting certain requirements.

However, physiotherapy may be covered by your extended benefits/insurance coverage. It is recommended to check with your insurance provider to be sure.

Do I need a referral to see a physiotherapist at the Adelaide Health Clinic?

You do not need a referral to see a physiotherapist. If you are in pain, you can schedule an appointment right away. However, every insurance plan is different so if you intend on utilizing your insurance benefits, it is recommended to check what your plan covers. In some cases, a medical referral is needed for coverage when seeing certain disciplines.

Is the Adelaide Health Clinic accepting new patients for physiotherapy?

Yes! Please call 416-367-5200 or click here today to book your appointment.