In our clinic, we’ve seen many people that have injured or damaged their bodies when they were young who have finally become tired of taking the creaking and the aching as just a part of life. We also see people with fresh injuries who want to heal as quickly as possible and are looking for a program to help the process. In Vancouver, we see a little bit of everything from hurt athletes and runners to people with injuries from sitting at a desk all day. Whatever the case, physiotherapy can help with almost any kind of mobility issue, new or old.
But a lot of people are afraid of booking an appointment with a physiotherapist because they simply don’t know what to expect, and it’s common for people to be afraid of the unknown. So we thought we would put together a post for you to explain what you can expect from physiotherapy.
First, anyone can benefit from physiotherapy, from professional athletes to the people who wouldn’t touch sports with a ten-foot pole to someone who is recovering from a recent injury like a car accident. According to the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, “physiotherapy is the primary health care profession that promotes wellness, mobility, and independent function. Physiotherapists have advanced understanding of how the body moves, what keeps it from moving well, and how to restore mobility.”
Mobility is an incredibly important function in your body, and one that you want to last until very old age. Physiotherapy can help identify the problems that are impeding your mobility, whether it is in your hips, shoulders, or knees (or anywhere else for that matter) and assigns modalities to heal and strengthen the problem area.
After you book an appointment, you will come in for an assessment wherein you describe your injury to one of our highly trained physiotherapists. They will take the time to assess and build a plan that is custom made for your needs and goals.
At Van Sports and Physiotherapy, our physiotherapists are trained in a variety of different modalities, including (but not at all limited to) medical acupuncture, athletic therapy, intramuscular stimulation and electrotherapy. For each type of treatment, there are in-depth tests to see which treatment is right for you and your needs. After the physiotherapist’s assessment, he or she works with you to explain how you will benefit from the plan created for you. They will also give you a schedule so you can do the work at home, which is a big part of your healing.
How many times appointments you will need differs case by case. Some people will need longer treatment plans and some people will find that their pain diminishes and their strength and mobility increase after just a few sessions. Another key factor depends on how seriously the patient takes it — the more you follow the program at home, the better the results.
You can rest assured though that our physiotherapists want to see you get better. They work with clients to identify the problems and come up with treatment solutions. The more success the clients have, the more success the physiotherapist has, too.
It’s hard to say exactly how your first appointment will go, but you can feel confident you will be in good hands at Van Sports and Physio. Since each injury is different, each physiotherapy appointment and plan is different as well. But the one thing that is true to all cases is that your body and your mobility will thank you for taking your own health and well being into your own hands.
If you have any questions or would like to book an appointment at our downtown Vancouver physiotherapy, contact us today.