JointHealth™ express   June 1, 2011

Physiotherapy: part of a complete healthcare strategy

June 1 marks the end of National Physiotherapy Month in Canada, but it's not too late to learn about the contributions physiotherapists can make to your health and wellbeing.

In Canada, there is a shortage of family doctors and there are only 350 rheumatologists to serve the entire country. That means that for every rheumatologist, there are close to 13,000 people living with arthritis who require their care. If you are struggling to find someone to provide primary care, nurse practitioners, occupational therapists, or physiotherapists trained in arthritis are a good alternative. The conditions physiotherapists treat include osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, and fibromyalgia.

Physiotherapists are primary healthcare professionals who can do an assessment of your joints' function and help you determine the best exercises to manage your disease.

The physiotherapist's goal is to restore, maintain, and maximize your strength, function, and mobility to help you keep your independence.

Besides helping you manage your disease, they can refer you to other healthcare professionals and to arthritis resources in your community

Click here to find a physiotherapist. To learn more about what a physiotherapist can do for you, click here.