Personal Injury Heroes: Your Physiotherapist

Get to Know Your Ontario Personal Injury Medical Team

In this series on personal injury heroes, we’re introducing you to the many people who will be involved in your recovery. Last week we covered how chiropractors can help you with your injuries after an accident. This week we’ll be discussing the role of the physiotherapist.

What does a physiotherapist do?

Physiotherapists treat injuries and strains through rehabilitation exercises. A physiotherapist will examine and assess your range of motion, and then come up with a personalized exercise program to improve your strength and flexibility.

What can a physiotherapist do for injuries?

Physiotherapists are primarily concerned with injuries and rehabilitation. While a chiropractor focuses on manually adjusting the spine, a physiotherapist develops exercises that you can work on to increase your range of motion. Both of these practitioners work on the musculoskeletal system, and can work together to come up with the best solution for your injuries.

Ask your family doctor about visiting a physiotherapist if you are experiencing any of the following:

  • Neck or back pain
  • Muscular pain
  • Strains and sprains
  • Limited movement

Is physiotherapy covered by OHIP?

OHIP has updated its regulations on physiotherapy funding. Patients may be eligible for publicly funded clinic-based physiotherapy if they have a doctor’s referral and are:

  • Seniors aged 65 and older
  • 19 years of age and under
  • Any age if discharged from hospital after an overnight stay for a condition requiring physiotherapy
  • Recipients of Ontario Works or the Ontario Disability Support Program

If you are in an accident, chiropractic care is covered under Accident Benefits Coverage. You may also be covered for physiotherapy through your work or third party insurance provider, so make sure to double check with these groups before paying out of your own pocket.

Not getting the resources you need to recover from your injuries? Contact the personal injury lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth at 613-233-4529 and get a free, no-obligation consultation.

About the Author: Brenda Hollingsworth

Brenda Hollingsworth co-founded Ottawa’s Auger Hollingsworth in 2005 with her husband Richard Auger. Together, their mission was to create a personal injury law firm for Eastern Ontario that is unrivalled in the province for customer service and legal expertise. Brenda was named an Ottawa Business Journal Forty Under 40 award recipient and took home the Women’s Business Network’s Businesswoman of the Year award in the Professional category. She was also recognized as one of Ottawa Life Magazine’s “Top 50 People in the Capital.” She is often quoted as an expert and has appeared in media outlets such as CTV, The Globe and Mail, National Post, Ottawa Citizen, Sun Media, CBC, Toronto Star, Montreal Gazette, CFRA and many legal publications.

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