What is Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy is a treatment to restore, maintain, and make the most of a patient’s mobility, function, disease prevention, and well-being. Physiotherapists can start an MVA claim for patients within the first week of a car accident. Common things they treat are sports injuries, Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Cardiovascular diseases, Tendonitis, Back, Shoulder, Hip, Knee, and Neck pains, Plantar Fasciitis, and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

How Can Physiotherapy Help Me?

Physiotherapy is a health care profession designed primarily to improve a person’s mobility. A physiotherapist can help patients get back to activity and locate issues in the muscles, spine, or joints that may be causing pain or discomfort. 

Physiotherapy in Lethbridge is quite common for people who have active jobs, work at a desk, suffer from headaches, have recently hurt themselves with a slip or fall, or have a new or old injury that’s made worse by exercise. It is also accessed by people who have been in a recent car accident and are seeking to recover from a concussion, whiplash, or other injury due to the accident, or patients recently recovering from surgery. A physiotherapist has many tools they use to help patients and some of those may be: 

  • Performing assessments to see where and how well the body moves 
  • Soft tissue and manual therapy techniques such as massage, spinal and/or joint manipulation 
  • Dry needling
  • Ultrasound and IFC (interferrential current machine) 
  • Stretches and strengthening programs to rehabilitate injuries
  • Using resistance bands, light weights, and other simple gym equipment to get patients back to optimal health 

You should consider Physiotherapy If you experience pain or lack of motion as a result of an event, a muscle strain or ligament sprain, a car accident, or if you need rehabilitation treatment for specific conditions. Combine Physiotherapy with Massage treatments to aid in post-surgery recovery, injury rehabilitation, chronic pain, or old scar tissue treatment.

Our Physiotherapists

Dannielle Renner, MscPT
Born and raised in and around the Lethbridge area and graduated from Winston Churchill Highschool. Growing up I was a competitive level gymnast and dancer, volleyball player, and golfer. I attended my undergrad in Myrtle Beach, SC on a golf scholarship (alongside Dustin Johnson) and graduated with a Degree in Health Promotion and Sports Medicine. I attended my Masters of Science in Physiotherapy at UofA (MscPT)
I have 14 years of experience in private practice which includes MVA, WCB, Long Term Disability, and Return to Work rehabilitation. I am a wife and mother of 2 little girls and my hobbies now include being a cheerleader and taxi driver. I also continue to participate in women’s league volleyball when I find the time to fit it into my hectic schedule as well as participate in the occasional golf tournament in the summer.
My practice includes the use of modalities, manual therapy, and exercise prescriptions depending on the client’s needs/wants. I have experience in kinesiotaping, Mulligans, Mackenzie type techniques, simple vertigo assessment and treatment and am a trained RAPID certified therapist.
Hari Chandrasekharan, BPT, Certified Vestibular & Concussion Therapist

Hari is a Physiotherapist passionate about helping individuals achieve their optimal physical well-being. Hari graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy degree from Mahatma Gandhi University in Kerala, India, in 2011. His comprehensive education has equipped him with the knowledge and skills needed to address a wide range of physical health issues. Hari’s professional journey has taken him through various healthcare settings, including hospitals, outpatient clinics, community programs, and long-term care facilities, honing his ability to provide effective care to individuals of all ages and backgrounds.

Hari is trained in treating concussion and vestibular disorders, and he has received level 1 training in functional dry needling. Beyond his professional life, Hari has a rich and multifaceted set of interests. He finds joy in life’s simple pleasures, such as reading, travelling, and hiking. His curious mind constantly seeks new challenges, and he’s an avid language learner. Hari’s commitment to holistic health and his warm, compassionate approach make him a valuable partner in your pursuit of physical well-being. Whether you’re recovering from an injury, managing a chronic condition, or seeking to improve your overall quality of life, Hari is here to support you on your wellness journey.

Physiotherapy FAQs

How can I book a Physiotherapy appointment?
Appointments can be booked online below, in the clinic, or by phone at 403-942-4010. 

What can I expect during my first assessment?
Expect to fill out a new patient physiotherapy form (separate from our new patient massage therapy forms) and provide insurance information. This can be a motor vehicle accident claim number or extended health plan that covers physiotherapy treatments. Your initial appointment will include the physiotherapist going over the intake forms and includes treatment as well. 

  1. Expect the physical therapy assistant to help out during an appointment. Our PTA’s want to make new physio patients feel comfortable by greeting you, taking you to your treatment room, and helping the physiotherapist with stretches, exercises, or equipment during patient appointments.
  2. Expect to discuss your main issue and treatment options with your physiotherapist for a targeted care plan. Other injured or painful areas can be discussed but may be addressed in later treatments. The goal of a new patient appointment is for the Physiotherapist to understand and treat the areas with the most pain or dysfunction first.
  3. Expect to move around. Our physiotherapists, Dannielle and Hari, offer manual therapy, range of motion assessments, or some form of treatment at your initial assessment. Come prepared by wearing loose and comfortable clothing. Wearing a pair of shoes you use often is helpful in assessing gait discrepancies, hip or lower leg pain.
  4. Expect to leave with a plan of action. Our physiotherapists believe in creating treatment goals that patients are invested in and excited about. Rehabilitation exercises or stretches and a follow-up appointment plan are covered at new patient assessments.

Do you need a doctor’s referral to access physiotherapy treatments?
No, a doctor’s referral is not required to book an appointment.

How long is a treatment?
New client appointments are between 45 minutes to 60 minutes depending on the reason for visit, and followup treatments are approximately 20-30 minutes. 

Is Physiotherapy covered by insurance? 
Yes, if your insurance plan includes physiotherapy.

How do I start a motor vehicle accident claim for treatment?
Select a Physiotherapy “MVA Initial Assessment” from our online booking menu and your first appointment will include paperwork the physiotherapist will fill out with you to get your claim started.   

Do you handle WCB or workplace injury claims?
No, at this time our clinic does not take WCB claims. 

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