According to the Ordre professionnel de la physiothérapie du Québec, the physiotherapist is a health professional who works in the field of physiotherapy. Thanks to a thorough knowledge of the functioning of the human body, he analyzes the nature and cause of the problem by carrying out an evaluation of the physical capacities (mobility of the joints, strength, tone, muscular endurance, functional abilities, reflexes, posture, gait, etc. .). Following his assessment, which allows him to establish a physiotherapeutic diagnosis, the physiotherapist carries out a treatment plan that will meet the needs and expectations of the client. The aim of the physiotherapist is to help his client regain his abilities as quickly as possible so that he can resume his activities. To achieve the objectives set, the professional uses different modalities: manual therapy, exercises, electrotherapy, heat / cold, advice, teaching, etc. The physiotherapist can work with people of all ages. It can intervene with a clientele presenting a musculoskeletal problem, as well as neurological or cardiorespiratory deficits. In addition, the physiotherapist works in a team with other health professionals, including physicians, physical rehabilitation therapists, occupational therapists, etc., in order to provide the best possible services to the client.
To practice as a physiotherapist in Quebec, you must be a member in good standing of the Ordre professionnel de la physiothérapie du Québec and have completed a master’s degree in physiotherapy at a Canadian university. The physiotherapy student carries out several internships during his training, in different types of environment: hospital, CHSLD, rehabilitation center, CLSC, private clinic, etc. The graduate professional has the obligation to keep up to date throughout his career by attending continuing education, reading, exchanging with colleagues, etc.
To know more about the work of the physiotherapist, do not hesitate to consult the web site of the Ordre professionnel de la physiothérapie du Québec and the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.