Our Services - Glenn Mountain Orthopaedic and Sports Physiotherapy

By: Glenn Mountain Physiotherapy  09-12-2011
Keywords: Rehabilitation

At Glenn Mountain Physiotherapy, we provide treatment for various clinical conditions ranging from orthopaedic and sports injuries, to motor vehicle accidents and work related injuries.

Our services include extensive biomechanical and musculoskeletal assessments to determine the cause of your symptoms. Your Physiotherapist will explain the assessment process and results in detail then outline a proposed treatment plan to meet common goals. We offer relief though a broad range of treatment techniques and modalities as well as expert advice on how to manage your injury, disease or disability.

Treatment options may include but are not limited to:

1.   Manual Therapy:
Manual Therapy techniques are specialized hands-on skills consisting of joint mobilizations and manipulations as well as soft-tissue techniques designed to decrease pain, restore movement and improve function.
2.   Mechanical and Electrical Modalities:
Physiotherapists may use different modalities for the relief of pain, muscle spasm, inflammation and swelling, in addition to promoting wound healing. Examples of modalities include Mechanical Cervical and Lumbar Traction, Ultrasound, Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS), Interferential Current (IFC), Neuro-Muscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES), Paraffin Wax and Thermal Agents (Hot and Cold Interventions).
3.   Exercise:
Exercise is usually a core component of most physiotherapy treatment plans. An exercise program may consist of stretching, strengthening and aerobic conditioning. The exercises are progressed and customized to each individual's condition and the specific goals for recovery.
4.   Education:
All patients are provided education regarding their condition as well as important information and strategies to assist in self-management and prevention of further injury.
5.   Therapeutic Taping:
The primary objective with therapeutic taping is to provide support and protection of injured tissues and to facilitate normal movement patterns without excessively limiting a patient's functional capacity.
6.   Hydrotherapy:
Hydrotherapy can be used as a treatment modality and/or a reduced weight-bearing medium to exercise in. Whirlpools, hot and cold contrast baths and therapeutic pools are recommended to reduce pain and swelling, increase mobility and provide a safe, gravity reduced environment for weight bearing exercise.

Often following an injury or accident, individuals experience difficulty returning to their pre-injury activities and require customized assessments and treatment to address their needs. Glenn Mountain Physiotherapy, working together with the individual, their physician, employer, and insurance company, offer both a Work Preparation Program (4 hours/day, 5 days/week) and a Modified Work Preparation Program (2 hours/day, 3-5 days/week) to assist individuals with their recovery. These programs are tailored to the individual rehabilitation needs of each client.

Clients involved in the rehabilitation programs will undergo regular functional testing to allow each individual to see their continued progress. Gradual Return to Work Plans can also be coordinated with employers to ensure a safe return to work for each individual client.

Glenn Mountain Physiotherapy also offers the Occupational Rehabilitation 1 Program (OR1) for WorkSafeBC.

A Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) is an intensive short-term evaluation that focuses on major physical tolerance abilities related to muscular-strength, endurance, speed, and flexibility. The purpose of an FCE is to collect reliable information about current vocational status and to estimate potential vocational status.

FCE's are a useful tool in the medical and vocational rehabilitation communities, as well as the employer and human resource communities. The length of FCE testing is a 1-day evaluation of 8 hours. A 1-day test allows for a balance of comprehensive physical testing and provision of a trained evaluator to make better comments concerning a client's full-day work capabilities and limitations than during a shorter 2-4 hour evaluation.

After completion of an FCE, a comprehensive, clear report will be submitted to the appropriate parties who have requested the FCE. The report will include all subjective and objective findings of the evaluation, test results, a summary of the participant's abilities and limitations, as well as the evaluator's recommendations.

Glenn Mountain Physiotherapy employs a full-time Certified Functional Capacity Evaluator who has been trained using the Roy Matheson Functional Capacity Evaluation Program. Our clinic is fully equipped with up to date testing equipment to perform valid, reliable, and standardized evaluations

The Matheson system is the premier functional capacity evaluation system used today. After completing the certificate program, evaluators are capable of planning, administering, scoring, and reporting an FCE that is reliable, and valid.

The course trains practitioners in a protocol that is widely accepted in the field, has been court tested, and has been peer-reviewed. During the five days of training, some of the top work evaluators in North America instruct on how to complete top-level evaluations.

Matheson trained evaluators are taught to be thinking evaluators. This approach leads to the most reliable, and valid FCE's. Each FCE is tailored to the needs of each case, and can be performed over the course of one day. This professional service is also beneficial because of the availability of health professionals that can answer questions and respond to clinical problems.

The evaluation program teaches evaluators to confidently perform these tasks:

  • Performing a battery of physical effort tests
  • Answers your referral questions
  • Write both short and comprehensive reports
  • Measure and document a clients physical abilities with respect to there work tasks
  • Musculoskeletal screening
  • Assess both short and long term tolerances (sitting, standing, bending, etc)
  • Plan, perform, and document, safe, reliable, and defensible evaluations
  • Represent and defend findings in court

Everyone can benefit from a personal trainer. From beginners who are looking for a healthy way to start exercising, to the advanced athlete who needs an edge on their program, we can help you achieve your goals. As part of your rehabilitation process, we can work in conjunction with your physiotherapist to design a program that will move you off the injured list and back to your normal way of life. Utilizing a personal trainer can increase the success in achieving your goals of health, fitness and rehabilitation by acting as a coach, motivator, instructor and friend.

At Glenn Mountain Physiotherapy we offer innovative one on one personal training instruction with experienced registered Kinesiologists, that have a university degree as well as additional certification in weight training, personal training, first aid and CPR. We can develop a personalized program suited to your individual needs and help you attain personal health and fitness goals as well as aid in the recovery of your rehabilitation. Our programs will improve your cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, flexibility and overall general health. Our specialties include:

Strength training
Back care and ergonomic instruction
Physical disabilities
Rehabilitation from an injury or surgery
Senior's fitness
Sport specific training

We are available for training services in our personal gym, or can instruct you with your program at your local or home based gym. The first session will include an assessment of where you are currently at in your health and exercise program and discuss how you will meet your goals. Based on this evaluation we will design a tailored exercise program for you that will help you achieve your goals and fit into your schedule.

Working with mental and physical disabilities is a challenging and rewarding experience for both the client and therapist. Glenn Mountain Therapists provide a supportive environment for clients to set and achieve their goals.

Kinesiologist Kerri-Ann Huck shares her experience of working with Becky.

Over the past few months I have had the opportunity to work with Becky. Becky is a 15-year old girl who deals with Down's syndrome and autism. Through weekly exercise therapy sessions, Becky has progressed in many ways. We have worked to increase her balance and proprioception by doing fun circuits through balance stones and beams, as well and strengthening her core and postural muscles with mat exercises. We also added in her favorite game of Duck-Duck-Goose, which challenges her speed, reaction time and agility. After a couple weeks in the gym, we introduced aqua therapy sessions at the nearby pool. Becky has adapted well to the therapy and her posture, attitude and pain complaints have improved greatly. She is a fun loving person that works hard and seeing her progress over the last couple months has been a very rewarding experience.

Keywords: Rehabilitation

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