Physiotherapists are health care professionals, known as movement specialists, who play a significant role in health promotion and treatment of injury and disease. They work with the health care team, patients and their families to assess, diagnose and treat symptoms of illness, injury or disability and expedite discharge planning.
The physiotherapists at TOH, in close collaboration with their assistants, use their in-depth knowledge of the body and their specialized hands-on clinical skills to help patients increase mobility, relieve pain, build strength, restore and increase range of motion in joints, improve balance and maximize cardiorespiratory function.
All Physiotherapists at The Ottawa Hospital are licensed by the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario. Physiotherapy staff are involved in student supervision and research. They provide education to patients and their families and also to peers within the hospital and the larger community.
Physiotherapy may be provided during your hospital stay as well as on an outpatient basis. The benefits of physiotherapy may include improved mobility, pain management, improved range of motion and strength, improved cardiorespiratory function, enhanced balance and coordination and prevention of injury/ condition reoccurrence.
Physiotherapy can be beneficial:
- After surgery
- After traumatic injury
- For fall prevention and/or frail individuals
And for patients with:
- Neurological disease
- Musculoskeletal disease
- Cardiac and Respiratory disease
- Complex medical conditions with multiple system involvement.
Our team includes physiotherapists, senior physiotherapists, physiotherapist assistants, rehabilitation assistants and Profession Leaders.