If you have experienced an injury it’s best to have it checked out by a health professional, here are 3 reasons why you should see a physiotherapist:
- We detect life-threatening red flags. It’s our job to not only find out what condition you are suffering from, but also to detect any red flags that may otherwise be overlooked, and sometimes, early detection is between life and death. We’ve seen patients with a complaint of back pain and it turns out to be cancer metastasized in the spine, or patients with a history of knee injury and it turns out to be a blood clot in the leg. We are able to detect the signs and symptoms that are not consistent with the mechanism of injury or your medical history. Our training in differential diagnosis allows us to detect any serious conditions that may be hidden from the naked eye.
- We improve the quality of life. Physiotherapy is not just about the physical treatment that you’ll receive here at the clinic, physiotherapy is about how we apply our skills based on our clinical judgement. Our clinical judgement often involves making recommendations on how you should perform certain activities on a regular basis. That’s why physiotherapy doesn’t stop the moment you step out of our clinic, physiotherapy involves how you move in your workplace, how you shoot the basketball, how you sleep, how you pick up your daughter in the morning vs at night. Our clinical judgement allows us to improve the way you perform the physical activities that affect the quality of life.
- We improve performance and prevent future injuries. Injury prevention is the best treatment you can give to yourself. In order for you to be able to prevent re-injuring it again, you would have to find out why and how you injured it in the first place. That’s the difference between fixing the source of the symptoms (the physical location of the origin of the symptoms) and fixing the cause of the symptoms (why and how the injury happened). We always try to find the root cause of the symptoms and eliminate it for good, and that involves investigating into how your body functions mechanically. Our training in kinesiology allows us to scientifically fine-tune how you move bio-mechanically, and ultimately improve performance and prevent future injuries.
Richard Kung, Registered Physiotherapist
Doctor of Physiotherapy, Bachelor of Science (Kinesiology)