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2 MANITOBA PHYSIOTHERAPY ASSOCIATION WINNIPEG FREE PRESS - THURSDAY, MAY 9 2019 Physiotherapy Acupuncture Custom Orthotics Vestibular Physiotherapy Physiotherapy Acupuncture Custom Orthotics Massage Therapy (204) 878-2064 3-1321 Dawson Road Lorette, MB R5K 0S2 Centre de Physiothérapie Générale et Sportive de Sainte Anne Sainte Anne Physiotherapy and Sport Injury Centre (204) 422-5080 192 Central Avenue Ste. Anne, MB R5H 1C1 Ness Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic services clients in Winnipeg with two locations. Connect With Us Deerlodge Location 2143 Portage Ave., Winnipeg, MB 204-953-1655 Westwood Location 3236 Portage Ave., Winnipeg, MB 204-953-1650 Direct Billing to many insurance companies WCB, MPI, DVA Services Include: - Physiotherapy - Acupuncture - TMJ Headache - Dry-needling - Orthotics - Work Reconditioning Programs "Basically, in Manitoba, there are two streams through which physio- therapy services can be accessed, public and private," says physio- therapist Sarah Conci. Physiotherapy services in the public stream are provided at hos- pitals, access centres and through home care. At hospitals, physio- therapy services are offered for both inpatients and outpatients. In- patient means people who are hos- pitalized overnight for a period of time, and outpatient means people attending an appointment only, and do not stay overnight at the hospi- tal. Understanding this distinction is important when considering how one might access physiotherapy ser- vices. If you are hospitalized and your health-care team determines physiotherapy services are needed, they will be provided during your stay by the inpatient physiotherapy team. Part of their role as physio- therapists is to ensure you have the movement skills to be able to man- age your day-to-day tasks at home once you are discharged from the hospital. This may mean teaching you to walk again after having a stroke, teaching you how to use crutches after you've broken a leg, or teach- ing you how to get in and out of bed post surgery. Another very key role of physiotherapists who work in hospitals is to assist patients to recover from respiratory illnesses and maintain proper health of the cardiorespiratory system. Physio- therapists can teach you breathing techniques to help keep your lungs in good working order, or help you work on cardiovascular endurance activities. Outpatient public physiotherapy service provision for orthopaedic con- ditions underwent drastic changes in November 2017. Prior to November 2017 seven hospital sites offered out- patient physiotherapy services for orthopaedic conditions. However, outpatient orthopaedic physiother- apy services are now offered only at the Health Sciences Centre for a de- fined list of conditions, such as sur- gical repair of tendons and ligaments, periarticular fractures and complex spinal surgery. Specialty outpatient rehabilita- tion services are also available for people with other conditions such as neurological and respiratory con- ditions, and limb amputations. "If you're unsure whether or not you qualify for outpatient ortho- paedic physiotherapy or specialty rehab services, it's best to ask your health care professional." Private physiotherapy services may be accessed via a physiotherapy clinic, a physiotherapist who offers home visits or via tele-rehabilitation services. Anyone can see a physio- therapist through private services, and a referral is not needed. Regardless of how you are seek- ing physiotherapy services, the gov- erning body of physiotherapists, the College of Physiotherapists of Mani- toba, ensures that physiotherapists meet rigorous licensing criteria. "Many people don't realize that new graduates from the University of Manitoba Physical Therapy program have a Master's degree, followed by a rigorous testing process to obtain their licence to practice physiotherapy," Conci says. BY BRANDI JOHNSON Whether you find yourself struggling with an old injury, or are experiencing new pain or discomfort, whether you aspire for improved mobility or to wish to tackle a new challenge, Manitoba physiotherapists can help. That said, in an effort to enjoy all that life has to offer, how to access care isn't always obvious. TO START FEELING YOUR BEST, SEE A PHYSIOTHERAPIST TODAY! You can find great physiotherapists in the Find a Physiotherapist section of our website at 445 Henderson Highway, Winnipeg, MB 204.669.6620 THE ROAD TO RECOVERY PHYSIOTHERAPY IN THE PUBLIC HEALTH SYSTEM

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