Physiotherapy is a regulated healthcare profession that assesses, diagnoses, treats, educates, and facilitates recovery from disease, injury and disability through physical means. At Lavender Lane Wellness Centre, our physiotherapists assess and treat musculoskeletal and neurological conditions. We are proudly an evidence-based profession, and will involve you in every step of your care.
What can a physiotherapist treat?
You may need to see a physiotherapist for:
- Back Pain
- Neck Pain
- Injury Management
- Neurological Disorders
- Injury Prevention
- Post-Surgery Recovery
- Postural Issues
- Repetitive Strain Injuries
- Pain Management
First Visit What to Expect
The first meeting with Christine Gosse, Registered Physiotherapist, is booked as a one-hour Initial Assessment. This session will involve a discussion of the history of your injury or condition, a thorough physical examination, physiotherapy treatment, education, and a home exercise prescription.
Physiotherapy Initial Assessment
Before your consult with Christine, there are some forms you will need to fill out, and they should only take a few minutes. Remember, even if a past medical condition, surgery or illness doesn’t seem significant or related to your condition, please inform us of it anyway. Any and all of your health history will help us design a treatment approach that best suits your needs, and help heal you faster. Your information will be kept strictly confidential and will only be discussed within our interdisciplinary health team as we create the most effective treatment plan for you.
Christine will ask you about the history of your injury or condition and will ask you to describe movements and activities that hurt. She will also gather details about how the pain or other symptoms behave, your occupation, sports, and leisure activities, so that she may design your treatment plan to help return you to normal function in all areas of your life.
Physiotherapy Physical Examination
Christine’s physical examination will look at the following aspects of your body’s function:
- Range of motion testing of the affected joints
- Strength testing of the affected muscles
- Reflexes and other neurological tests
- Special orthopedic tests
- Report of Findings
Christine is committed to not only improving your health, but empowering and educating you to be an active participant. After the physical examination, we will discuss the diagnosis of your physical issue. From there, the plan on how we will move forward to help alleviate your pain and return you to your previous level of function…or even better!... will be explained. In this meeting, we will discuss your health goals, answer any and all questions regarding treatment, and address your concerns. Don’t be afraid to ask questions! Knowledge is an important component in leading a healthy lifestyle by helping you to make the best choices for your individual needs. We want to educate and empower you on this journey!
Because our bodies are all so different, there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ treatment process, and everyone’s body responds at different rates. In the first 3-4 weeks of treatment, as you will have already discussed with Christine, you can expect more frequent visits to Lavender Lane Wellness Centre. However, how often you require treatment will depend on your age, ailment, how long you’ve had the condition, how active you are, and more. As your body begins to correct itself with Christine’s physiotherapy treatment and your home exercise program, expect less frequent visits and a strengthened body.
Your first treatment during the Initial Assessment will focus on symptom control, improving range of motion, education, and home exercises. There are many techniques that Christine uses in her physiotherapy practice. Manual therapy focuses on improving the movement of joints and the surrounding muscles. Modalities such as ultrasound, TENS, IFC, or acupuncture may be used to reduce pain levels. You will be given an exercise program to complete at home to speed your recovery. You will receive education regarding your diagnosis, sleep positioning, postural tips, and activities to avoid temporarily.
We work through the following phases of rehabilitation:
There’s nothing worse than experiencing pain – and that’s precisely why helping to alleviate pain is phase one of our treatment. When we determine the root cause of the problem, we will work diligently to help relieve you of that pain over the first few weeks of treatment. Thus, treatment will be more frequent and could allow you to get back to your regular activities sooner. But remember, if you are experiencing less pain, it doesn’t mean you are healed! The next steps are incredibly important to your recovery and prevention of repeat incidents.
Regain Range of Motion, and Restore Postural and Functional Muscle Strength
By this stage, you’ve underwent several sessions, and your appointments are becoming less frequent! This is good news! At this point, we will be equipping you with exercises to stretch and strengthen your body at home. This enables you to take an active and proactive role in speeding up the recovery process, truly healing yourself. But just because you’re feeling better, doesn’t mean the work is over. It is important to incorporate the education and exercises you have received into your daily life, in order to prevent recurrences of your condition.
How do I make an appointment?
No referral is required to see a physiotherapist. Simply call or make an enquiry online to arrange an appointment. It is always advisable to bring an up-to-date medical and medication history to your appointment, and any relevant documentation or diagnostic investigations related to your condition.