Physiotherapy

What is Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy is a treatment to restore, maintain, and make the most of a patient’s mobility, function, disease prevention, and well-being. Physiotherapists can start an MVA claim for patients within the first week of a car accident. Common things they treat are sports injuries, Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Cardiovascular diseases, Tendonitis, Back, Shoulder, Hip, Knee, and Neck pains, Plantar Fasciitis, and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

How Can Physiotherapy Help Me?

Physiotherapy is a health care profession designed primarily to improve a person’s mobility. A physiotherapist is a university-trained healthcare professional who will be able to treat a musculoskeletal and/or neuromuscular issue in the body using an integrated method of treatments which broadly include:

  • Soft tissue and manual therapy techniques which include massages, spinal/joint mobilization and manipulation, and acupuncture.
  • Work and occupational re-training and plans for work return.
  • Prescription, fabrication, and application of assistive, supportive and protective equipment.
  • Environmental change to provide a focus on removing barriers in order to function

You should consider Physiotherapy If you experience pain or lack of motion as a result of an event, a muscle strain or ligament sprain, a motor vehicle accident, or if you are in need of rehabilitation treatment for specific conditions. Combine Physiotherapy with Massage treatments to aid in post-surgery recovery, injury rehabilitation, chronic pain, or old scar tissue treatment.

Our Physiotherapists

Dannielle Renner, MscPT
 
Born and raised in and around the Lethbridge area and graduated from Winston Churchill Highschool. Growing up I was a competitive level gymnast and dancer, volleyball player, and golfer. I attended my undergrad in Myrtle Beach, SC on a golf scholarship (alongside Dustin Johnson) and graduated with a Degree in Health Promotion and Sports Medicine. I attended my Masters of Science in Physiotherapy at UofA (MscPT)
I have 14 years of experience in private practice which includes MVA, WCB, Long Term Disability, and Return to Work rehabilitation. I am a wife and mother of 2 little girls and my hobbies now include being a cheerleader and taxi driver. I also continue to participate in women’s league volleyball when I find the time to fit it into my hectic schedule as well as participate in the occasional golf tournament in the summer.
 
My practice includes the use of modalities, manual therapy, and exercise prescriptions depending on the client’s needs/wants. I have experience in kinesiotaping, Mulligans, Mackenzie type techniques, simple vertigo assessment and treatment and am a trained RAPID certified therapist.

Physiotherapy FAQs

How can I book a Physiotherapy appointment?

Appointments can be booked in the clinic, by phone at 403-942-4010. Currently, online booking is not available. 

What can I expect during my first assessment?

  1. Expect to fill out a new patient physiotherapy form (separate from our new patient massage therapy forms) and provide insurance information. This can be a motor vehicle accident claim number or extended health plan that covers physiotherapy treatments 
  2. Expect to discuss your main issue and treatment options with your physiotherapist for a targeted care plan. Other injured or painful areas can be discussed but may be addressed in later treatments. The goal of a new patient appointment is for the Physiotherapist to understand and treat the areas with the most pain or dysfunction first. 
  3. Expect to move around. Our newest Physio, Dannielle, offers manual therapy, range of motion assessments, or some form of treatment at your initial assessment. Come prepared by wearing loose and comfortable clothing. Wearing a pair of shoes you use often is helpful in assessing gait discrepancies, hip or lower leg pain. 
  4. Expect to leave with a plan of action. Our physiotherapists believe in creating treatment goals that patients are invested in and excited about. Rehabilitation exercises or stretches and a follow-up appointment plan are covered at new patient assessments. 
  5. Expect the physical therapy assistant to help out during an appointment. Our PTA’s want to make new physio patients feel comfortable by greeting you, taking you to your treatment room, and helping the physiotherapist with stretches, exercises, or equipment during patient appointments. 

Do you need a doctor’s referral to access physiotherapy treatments?

No, a doctor’s referral is not required to book an appointment.

How long is a treatment?

Appointments with a physiotherapist are usually 30-45 minutes in length. 

Is Physiotherapy covered by insurance or MVA? 

Yes, if your insurance plan includes physiotherapy. 

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