Patient Education

Mississauga Physiotherapy

What is Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapists are primary health care professionals with an in-depth knowledge of how the body works.  They possess specialized hands-on clinical skills used to assess, diagnose and treat symptoms of illness, injury or disability.  The goal of physiotherapy treatments is to restore, maintain and maximize your strength, function, movement and overall well-being in order to allow you to do your everyday activities.  Physiotherapists prescribe personalized therapeutic exercises, and provide essential education about the body, what keeps it from moving well, how to restore mobility and independence, and how to avoid or prevent bodily harm.

What to expect on your first visit?

Your first visit to a physiotherapist will involve an initial assessment designed to determine the source of your symptoms and the best approach to treat them.  During this assessment the physiotherapist will ask you questions about the nature of your symptoms, your previous medical history and other relevant health information.  The physiotherapist will also examine the parts of your body related to your symptoms and may ask you to perform certain movements or exercises in order to gain more insight into your problem.  Based on this initial assessment and your personal goals, the physiotherapist will determine an appropriate plan of care for you.

Conditions Treated

  • Post-operative care of joints and muscles
  • Post-Stroke Mobility and Function
  • Workplace Injuries
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Disk herniation, Sciatica
  • Neck pain
  • Back pain
  • Spinal instability
  • Headaches (cervicogenic, migraine, tension-type)
  • Temporomandibular Joint dysfunction(TMJ)
  • Muscle strains
  • Postural strain
  • Ligament sprains/tears
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Knee ACL, PCL, MCL, LCL
  • Shin Splints
  • Bursitis
  • Nerve entrapments
  • Tendonitis/Tendonosis/Tendonopathy
  • Arthritis, osteoarthritis, degenerative joint disease (DJD)
  • Repetitive strain or cumulative trauma (tissue/muscle overuse)
  • Rib joint sprain/dysfunction,
  • Tailbone pain (coccydynia)
  • Shoulder Impingement
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries or Repairs
  • Adhesive Capsulitis (Frozen Shoulder)
  • Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)
  • Medial Epicondylitis (Golfer's Elbow)
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • DeQuervain's Syndrome
  • Iliotibial (IT) Band Syndrome
  • Patellofemoral Syndrome
  • Post-Surgical Rehabilitation

Techniques Used

  • Manual (hands-on) therapy
  • Therapeutic exercises including stretching and strengthening
  • Therapeutic modalities including heat, cold, ultrasound, and interferential current (IFC)
  • Acupuncture
  • Techniques to improve heart and lung function and cardiac conditioning
  • Education about your condition, treatment plan and prognosis for getting better.
  • Work hardening techniques


Relevant Links

College of Physiotherapists of Ontario

Ontario Physiotherapy Association

Canadian Physiotherapy Association