PHYSIOTHERAPY


Physiotherapists are university educated, registered professionals focused on rehabilitating injury to allow patients to achieve their optimal physical function.  All of the physiotherapists at Pivot have detailed knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the human body which allows them to accurately identify the underlying cause of the patient’s pain and dysfunction and treat it accordingly through a combination of hands on therapy, modalities and therapeutic exercise.

Pivot’s physiotherapists also provide their patients with extensive education regarding their injuries and provide them with a maintenance program to prevent future injuries.  Pivot’s physiotherapists are dedicated to furthering their knowledge and skills by taking courses and working towards different designations in order to help them provide their patients with the best possible care.

Manual Therapy

CAMPT is the Canadian chapter of the International Federation of Manipulative Physical Therapists (IFOMPT) whose role it is to provide additional advanced manual therapy education to physiotherapists following graduation.  To become a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Therapy (CAMPT) and receive the FCAMPT designation takes a number of years.  Physiotherapists receive extensive post graduate education in the area of orthopaedics, manual and manipulative therapy.  They must complete a number of levels and are required to pass multiple exams in order to achieve the designation.  FCAMPT physiotherapists are able to provide the highest quality of treatment to their patients based on combining clinical expertise and evidence-based practice.

Currently, 3 of Pivot’s physiotherapists hold the FCAMPT designation, with several others working through the level system. Pivot’s FCAMPT physiotherapists provide weekly in-house mentoring sessions to those working on achieving the designation in order to help them incorporate the skills they learn in courses into their clinical practice.

Sport Physio

Sport Physiotherapy Canada (SPC) is one of the special interest groups within the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA). SPC’s primary goal is to provide quality sport therapy, rehabilitation and counseling to athletes and recreational participants before, during and after injury.

SPC was founded in 1972 and has continued to grow into a major component of the national sports medicine scene. In 1978, SPC, along with the Canadian Academy of Sport Medicine (CASM), Canadian Athletic Therapists Association (CATA) and Canadian Association of Sport Sciences (CASS – now known as the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology – CSEP) was instrumental in the establishment of advanced training and specialization in sport medicine.

In 1982, an exam system was implemented within Sport Physiotherapy Canada to maintain a high standard of professional care. This recognized system of education in sports physiotherapy which allows a physiotherapist to progress through different levels of expertise as assessed by theoretical knowledge and practical skills. This education system is overseen by SPC. The Educational Level System promotes and recognizes physiotherapists who have developed specialized skills and knowledge in sports physiotherapy. The level system provides appropriate guidance so that physiotherapists can advance their skills and knowledge in sports physiotherapy.

Physios with this advanced certification are proficient in the assessment and management of sports injuries, return to sport rehabilitation, protective equipment, bracing, joint taping and exercise physiology. Maintenance of these credentials requires ongoing participation in event medical coverage and post graduate education.

Many of Pivot’s team have travelled nationally and internationally with Canada’s top athletes.


What to expect on your first visit

Please wear appropriate clothing to expose the injured area of your body and please bring any documentation regarding your injury (e.g., test results, referrals) Your physiotherapist will discuss your symptoms and record your full health history. Your assessment will take approximately 40 minutes during which time measurements of your movement and strength will be taken and a thorough assessment of your joints and soft tissue will occur.

Treatment

Part of your assessment time will be used for treatment. this may involve manual techniques, education, therapeutic modalities, exercise instructions and other joint and soft tissue work.

Payment for Physiotherapy treatment

Physiotherapy services at Pivot are not covered by OHIP. Many extended health care policies will cover physiotherapy in full or in part. A physician’s referral may or may not be required by your insurance company.