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Did you know?
Thousands of Canadians live in rural communities without access to an experienced orthopaedic physiotherapist or surgeon.
Delayed or inappropriate care of an injury can result in permanent disability, chronic pain and dependency on prescription pain medications.
Research conducted at the University of British Columbia, found that experienced orthopaedic physiotherapists were 4x better at identifying patients requiring orthopaedic surgery than family physicians and emergency room physicians (92% vs. 22%) (1).
Just because you have arthritis on an x-ray does not mean you need an MRI, surgical consult or joint replacement.
Improving Access to Care for Rural Canadians
Unfortunately there are serious consequences from delayed or inappropriate care that can lead to:
- Chronic pain
- Permanent disability
- Dependency on prescription pain medications.
Physiotherapists diagnose, treat and rehabilitate thousands of patients across Canada everyday and are trusted by physicians and surgeons for their professionalism and judgment.
Speaking with a experienced orthopaedic physiotherapist can help answer your questions and get you on the right diagnostic and treatment pathway as soon as possible.
Common questions include;
- What could be causing my pain?
- Do I need tests or to go to hospital?
- Do I need to see a surgeon?
- What can I do at home to get better?
- What activities shouldn’t I do?
- How long does it take for this kind of injury to heal?
If you don’t have access to an experienced orthopaedic physiotherapist in your community, then I encourage you to consider a videoconference with a physiotherapist offering telerehabilitation services.
Terry Kane, Registered Physiotherapist / OrthopaedicsCanada.com
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