Injury Assessment & Treatment
Before we begin treatment, we conduct a comprehensive 3-part assessment that allows us to understand how you live, how you move, and what is hindering you from optimizing your physical well-being.
Your initial assessment should take about 45 minutes. Please wear comfortable clothing that allows us to see the mechanics of your movement.
Subjective History Assessment
We ask you to share your detailed medical history so that we can have a holistic understanding of your past conditions that may affect your current injury. We also ask you to share information about your physical fitness, work, activities, postural habits, goals and objectives.
We conduct a series of objective tests and measurements to establish a baseline data that we refer to in order to determine progress or changes in your treatment plan. Physical tests can include muscle testing, joint and soft tissue mobility testing, movement pattern analysis, neuromuscular screening and clinically relevant and specific anatomical tests depending on your injury.
From the information gathered in your assessment, we develop a working clinical diagnosis and a treatment plan for you. We educate you about your injury and establish a progressive schedule to work with you, which may involve a series of in-office treatments and self-guided exercises.
Are you ready to forge your path back to optimum health? Let’s get started.
Although your first visit to us may be to fix what’s currently broken, we see it as our responsibility to educate you about avoiding future injury.
Injury Prevention may include:
- Educating you about injuries and how they can manifest
- Helping you to enhance your sense of body awareness – how to distinguish between pain and sensation so that you can decide if and when you should seek help for an injury
- Providing you with resources such as trusted evidence based-research articles to further educate you on injuries
- Teaching you specific exercises to do at home in order to maintain optimal health and function
- Offering tips to help reduce the risk of overuse injuries
- Scheduling you for maintenance treatments to keep you on track to better health
- Educating you about principles of ergonomics and optimal posture to help reduce persistent postural strain for those with sedentary or repetitive jobs
Book an appointment to learn more about preventing injuries.
As the name suggests, manual therapy is a ‘hands-on” technique physiotherapists use to help remediate your injury. We use specific techniques such as joint manipulation, stretching, and guiding you to move the muscle against resistance.
Our goal is to help you:
- Regain mobility and function
- Increase your range of motion
- Increase the flexibility of muscle and tissue
- Alleviate pain
- Reduce swelling, inflammation, and movement restriction
When you are experiencing pain characterized by a muscle or muscles that are contracted, one of the most effective treatments physiotherapists use is known as Intramuscular Stimulation or IMS.
What is IMS?
Physiotherapists use ultra-thin acupuncture needles to penetrate the muscle tissue in order to create a stimulus response in the targeted area.
The therapy works in three ways:
- The stimulus causes a reflex in the contracted muscle, resulting in a relaxation of the muscle tissue.
- The quick penetration of the needle draws blood to the area, encouraging the natural healing process.
- The treatment creates an electrical potential in the muscle to make the nerve function normally again.
- You can expect to commit to a series of IMS treatments coupled with manual therapy and at-home exercises in order to heal your injury and get back to your normal routine.
Book an appointment to see if IMS can help you.
Optimized Health for Runners
Runners are a very specific type of athlete. You don’t just participate in the activity of running, you claim “Runner” as part of your identity. Running can take its toll on your body, and we at UpLevel Physiotherapy are passionate about helping you maintain your performance potential for the long road ahead.
Our Running Gait Analysis allows us to evaluate, enhance and optimize your movement. We look for patterns that might result in (or have already caused) injury and make recommendations to better your capacity for speed and endurance.
Running Gait Analysis helps you to:
- Learn about different types of running injuries and how they manifest
- Learn new techniques for an adequate warm-up and cool down
- Gradually increase your running intensity, frequency, and duration
- Maintain adequate joint mobility, muscle strength, and flexibility
- Maintain functional core muscle activity and proprioception
- Incorporate cross training
- Assess your footwear
- Maximize proper running technique
- Maintain proper hydration and nutrition
During your analysis, we look for causes of injury so that we can develop a treatment plan, which may include manual treatment, exercise prescription, and therapeutic modalities, plus offer tips on optimal nutrition and hydration.
Book an appointment to get you back on track for your running goals
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At UpLevel Physiotherapy, we believe knowledge is power.
At UpLevel Physiotherapy, we believe knowledge is power. We want you to understand how your body functions in its most optimal state, how your injury occurred and continues to persist, how your postural habits and repetitive actions might be hindering your healing, and how to prevent injuries from re-occurring or happening in the first place. We want to help alleviate your fear and anxiety, and help you to commit to a realistic timeframe and plan of self-directed action for your recovery.
Ultimately, we give you the tools and information to empower you to be the agent of change in your own healing process.
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For your body to perform the physical activities that you love, you need to ensure an optimum level of both form and function. Biomechanical Assessments with UpLevel Physiotherapists help you to maximize and sustain your physical potential.
In your one-on-one assessment we:
- Evaluate your biomechanical patterns – including load transfer, gait and sport specific movements – for your activity
- Measure for efficiency, force, and optimal movement
- Look for dysfunctions and suggest corrections
- Analyze connections between your movement patterns and muscular pathology so that we can anticipate and treat any conditions that might hinder your participation in your favourite activities
Book an appointment to maximize your potential