What is Athletic Therapy?
Athletic therapists deal with every aspect of musculoskeletal injury care from prevention to assessment, treatment to rehab. Although the title Athletic Therapy suggests that we deal exclusively with sports injuries, this would be inaccurate. We treat a varied population including office workers with postural dysfunction, seniors with mobility issues, and anyone else experiencing musculoskeletal injury or pain.
Athletic therapists employ a number of techniques in order to treat injuries, including manual treatment techniques such as massage, joint mobilization, and muscle energy techniques, electrical modalities, rehabilitative exercise, and postural correction.
What's the difference between Athletic Therapy and Physiotherapy?
This is one of the most common questions that I get asked and a great one! Physiotherapists are widely known for treating orthopedic injuries, but did you know that their education is actually quite broad and encompasses not only injury, but congenital conditions, disease processes, and their impact on movement and function. As such, you will find physiotherapists on cardiac and respiratory wards of hospitals as often as you will find them in injury clinics.
In contrast, the education and scope of practice of an athletic therapist is fully directed towards the management of all aspects of musculoskeletal injuries (this includes sprains, strains, fractures, contusions, tendinitis, bursitis, postural dysfunctions etc.). In other words.... we specialize in injury and it is the only thing we do!
But more importantly.... every health practitioner is different! No two athletic therapists will treat an injury the same way and the same can be said about physiotherapists. So read on to discover what makes the PCR difference!
The PCR difference - what you can expect during your treatment.
In contrast to some other clinics, at PCR I book one patient per hour so that you can receive the undivided attention that you need. It is important that we be able to encorporate your unique goals, lifestyle, and needs into the treatment plan.
At your initial appointment, I will perform an in depth assessment of your injury that will form the basis for our treatment plan. Many of my clients are pleasantly surprised at and remark on the thoroughness of this initial exam which encorporates the whole body and not just the injured segment.
Subsequent to this assessment and depending on the type, stage, and severity of your injury, I may apply different rehabilitative techniques to treat your condition. These may include massage techniques, joint mobilizations, myofascial release, muscle energy techniques, and/or other manual treatment techniques, as well as rehabilitative exercise. At every step of the way I will educate you on your injury so that you are an active participant in the rehab process.
Does your insurance cover Athletic Therapy?
Certified Athletic Therapy services are covered by many Canadian insurance companies. However, benefits packages differ widely so please check your individual insurance policy to see if you are covered.
Referrals are not necessary unless required by you insurance policy.
If you have checked with your insurance company and you are not covered for Athletic Therapy services, you may be interested in printing, filling out, and submitting a letter to your Human Resource department and/or Insurance Company that requests that athletic therapy be added to your plan. These are available from the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association. Please click on the link below to access the files or contact me with a current email address and I would be happy to send you an email with the letters attached.
HR and Insurance Company letters.
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