We offer a variety of treatments at Back to Basics Physiotherapy for sports and musculoskeletal injuries including:
Our athletic therapist assesses, cares for, and prevents musculoskeltetal disorders as they relate to athletics and physical activity.
Back to Basics Physiotherapy has a long history of working with employers and the Workers Compensation Board to get clients back to work in a safe and timely manner. Our return to work plan has two key components, cause no harm and do not slow healing. These are two important factors to ensure that workers can continue their job efficiently without causing further injury.
Motor Vehicle Accidents
Whiplash associated disorders, muscle, and joint strains caused by motor vehicle accidents.
Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCE)
Functional capacity evaluations simulate average workday activities to test client’s abilities in order to assess their ability to participate in work. The assessment may include clients lifting, pushing, pulling, and carrying items at various weights, object handling/ manipulation, and other various work-related tasks specific to the client’s job demands. Typically the people that benefit from this assessment are those injured on the job, those who have been off of work for an extended period of time due to illness, or those who have been in a motor vehicle accident.
Job Site Analysis
Job site analysis is performed at the client’s place of work to assess their job demands and analyze the physical requirements needed to perform the job. The assessment is performed by our physiotherapist Philip, who can identify potential risks and thus suggest changes to the work environment and techniques to help reduce the risk of injury.
Joint and spinal manipulation
This hands-on approach of therapy offers spinal and joint manipulation to assist in the recovery of patients and improve their pain. Many patients benefit from spinal and joint manipulation as it aids in the rehabilitation from the discomfort from arthritis, fractures, sprains, nerve pain, chronic neck and spinal pain, headaches, herniated disks, and much more.
Postural and Muscle Imbalance Assessments
Posture in itself is not bad, prolonged poor posture is. Muscles and soft tissues adapt and if a muscle is continually stretched, it will lengthen and often become weak. If a muscle is continually held in a shortened position it will remain contracted and become strong and dominant. Your assessment starts with a static postural evaluation then a movement assessment to determine your specific movement impairments and associated muscle imbalances. Postural and movement education combined with a personalized home exercise program will then be provided.
GAIT/ Running Assessments
Acupuncture/ Dry needling
Both dry needling and acupuncture use the insertion of tiny disposable needles into the muscle or tissue to treat pain. The purpose of dry needling is to insert tiny needles into trigger points to treat chronic and acute pain as a means to improve flexibility and increase range of motion. Pain caused by trigger points is caused by hypoxia (lack of oxygen) and decreased blood flow so needles are inserted into the trigger points at a superficial or deep tissue level to increase blood flow and release the knot and spasms. The needles will remain in your skin for a period of time determined by the practitioner, usually between 15-30 minutes. Non-trigger point dry needling is the insertion of needles around the pain area instead of directly into it. Acupuncture is one fo the oldest forms of medicine. It is used to treat pain, nausea, and headaches as a way to remove blockages and returns energy flow back to the body by inserting tiny disposable needles into acupuncture points throughout the body.
This is not your typical ice pack. Cryotherapy, commonly known as cold therapy, is the application of cold water that is above freezing running through pads to reduce inflammation, swelling, and managing post-surgical pain. By keeping the water above freezing, the cold pad can be applied for longer periods of time without excessively cooling your tissues and effectively decreasing the risk for frostbite. Kodiak cold therapy ice machines can be rented out for at-home treatment.
Both Philip and Nicole are well trained in the assessment and fitting for custom knee braces as well as generic knee, shoulder, elbow, wrist, and ankle braces. Custom knee braces are often used for joint instabilities, such as in the presence of a torn ACL knee ligament or for pain relief for a degenerated knee, an unloading brace. Most often your affected area will be taped to simulate a brace prior to purchasing it. This will help to ensure that the brace being selected is the most appropriate brace for you.
Here at Back to Basics Physiotherapy, we can direct bill most private insurances that cover physiotherapy and massage treatments. Most health insurance providers cover all or a portion of your rehabilitation fees. For more information please contact us by phone or email, or feel free to stop in at either of our locations during our regular business hours.