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Physiotherapists provide specialized hands-on clinical skills to assess, diagnose and treat symptoms of illness, injury and disability.
Physiotherapy is a primary care, autonomous, client-focused health profession dedicated to improving quality of life by:
- Promoting optimal mobility, physical activity and overall health and wellness;
- Preventing disease, injury, and disability;
- Managing acute and chronic conditions, activity limitations, and participation restrictions;
- Improving and maintaining optimal functional independence and physical performance;
- Rehabilitating injury and the effects of disease or disability with therapeutic exercise programs and other interventions; and Educating and planning maintenance and support programs to prevent re-occurrence, re-injury or functional decline.
From the Canadian Physiotherapy Association
Occupational therapists are professionals trained to understand the medical and physical limitations of a disability or injury, and the psychosocial factors that affect the health and wellness. They apply their specialized knowledge and skills to recommend a course of preventive or corrective action that will help people lead more productive and satisfying lives.
Occupational therapists help solve the problems that interfere with a person’s:
- Self-care - getting dressed, eating, moving around the house,
- Being productive - going to work or school, participating in the community, and
- Leisure activities - sports, gardening, social activities.
Occupational therapy can also prevent a problem or minimize its effects.
Registered Massage Therapy
RMTs in BC are trained in:
The assessment and diagnosis of soft tissue and joints of the body
- The treatment and prevention of injury, pain and physical disorders
RMTs are dedicated to treating symptoms of pain and dysfunction, including the underlying causes.
Registered psychologists manage and enhance the cognitive, behavioural, emotional, interpersonal and physical functioning. As part of this work, psychologists also assess and diagnose behavioural, emotional, cognitive and mental disorders.
Psychologists engage in a broad range of activities including:
- assessing and treating mental health problems such as anxiety and depression;
- assessing and working with neurological conditions such as brain injury or dementia;
- helping people to address psychological factors and problems associated with physical conditions and disease;
- assessing cognitive functions such as learning, memory, problem solving, intellectual ability and performance;
- providing court consultations addressing the impact and role of psychological and cognitive factors in accidents and injury, parental capacity, and competence to manage one’s personal affairs;
- assisting people struggling with stress, anger and other aspects of lifestyle management;
- treating marital and family relationships and problems; and
- helping people to address addictions and substance use and abuse (e.g. smoking, alcohol).
Kinesiologists provide assessment and treatment services for the rehabilitation of people suffering from physical injuries. The primary service is active rehabilitation, which consists of the assessment of physical function followed by the implementation and progression of a specifically structured and individually tailored exercise program to enhance and promote the safe and dependable return to an individual’s regular life activities. Kinesiologists may also perform specialized services such as biomechanicial analysis of injury mechanisms, conduct job demands analysis and functional capacity evaluations in relation to an individual’s occupational requirements.
Physiatrists are physicians who specialize in physical medicine and rehabilitation, a medical specialty that deals with the evaluation and treatment of patients whose functional abilities have been impaired. The disabilities and impairments may result from injuries or diseases such as stroke, neuromuscular disorders, musculoskeletal disorders, cardiopulmonary diseases, arthritis, peripheral vascular disease, cerebral palsy and others.
The physiatrist can help to improve a person's functional capabilities by medical treatment and organizing and integrating a program of rehabilitation therapy such as physical, occupational, speech therapies, psychological, social nursing, prosthetic, orthotic, engineering and vocational services.
PPL Accident Recovery Group does not provide medical advice. The above is for information only. Please consult your physician for treatment recommendations.