is an integral part of nonoperative treatment
and postoperative rehabilitation for many
orthopaedic conditions. Patients with joint
injuries and knee arthritis benefit from physical
therapy modalities as a means to regain function,
range of motion and reduce pain and swelling.
We offer passive modalities such as ultrasound,
electrical stimulation, laser and heat/cold therapy
with passive manipulation and stretching. Active
modalities include exercises, muscle stretching,
cardiovascular condition, core conditioning,
balance therapy and stability exercises.
Please contact the clinic for more information
about specific therapies and to design a program
to suit your needs. Below you will find links to
specific therapy protocols we use for post
operative treatments for various surgical
Physical Therapy Protocols for
Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction
Total Hip Replacement
Total Knee Replacement
Shoulder Rotator Cuff Repair
Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation decreases pain
in the affected area by small electrodes placed on the skin.
Small skin electrodes cause contractions of muscle groups
around the affected joint to assit in rehabiliation and
High frequency sound waves transmitted to the tissue
penetrate muscles for deep tissue and muscle warning to
promote tissue relaxation and dilation of blood vessels and
an increase in circulation to assist in healing.
Frozen gel substances to treat pain and inflammation by
causing vasoconstriction of blood vessels and increasing
circulation to the injured or post operative area.
Heat and warmth causes dilatation of the blood vessels to
promote tissue relaxation, removal of the fluid that causes
swelling, and an increase in circulation to promote healing.
Massage and Manipulation:
Mechanical manipulation uses massage, traction, stretches,
and weights, rubs, taping and kneading to increase range of
motion, eliminate pain and stiffness and relieve swelling and
For a more complete list of modalities and
services, please contact the clinic:
Physiotherapy is not just for patients who have recently had
surgery, although it does offer a great way to regain motion,
strength and eliminate pain, swelling and weakness.
People with back pain, sport injuries, chronic fatigue and even those starting a
new weight loss or fitness program can benefit from the various physical
therapy modalities offered in most rehab and physio clinics.
According to the Vancouver Physiotherapy and Sports Clinic, physical therapy
has come a long way since the early nineteenth century when massage and
manipulation were seen as being outside of the realm of medical science.
Physical therapy traditionally involved the use of heat, electrical stimulation and
water applications to aid movement and function. After World War II,
physiotherapists slowly began to align themselves with medical practitioners
and today, the profession is a field within the realm of medical practice with
referrals from not only chiropractors and sport trainers, but doctors, physiatrists
and surgeons alike. Many physical therapy clinics employ or are affiliated with
chiropractors who engage in spinal and extremity manipulation and
As the lines between “alternative” therapies and mainstream medicine blur in
this era of health consciousness and preventive medicine, physiotherapists are
an integral part of the holistic healthcare experience. Please visit:
www.downsviewoac.com for more information on our services and treatment
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