An estimated 3.6 million Canadians are affected by neurological conditions. Neurological conditions are disorders and diseases that occur as a result of injury, genetics and exposures and include epilepsy, Alzheimer disease and other dementias, cerebrovascular diseases including stroke, migraine and other headache disorders, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, neuroinfections, brain tumours, traumatic disorders of the nervous system due to head trauma like concussions.
PABC’s 2017 public awareness campaign #PhysioCanHelp launches today to spread the message that the work of physiotherapists enhances patients’ lives every day. We know that physiotherapy treats so much more than just musculoskeletal conditions, and we want to make sure that the Physio Can Help message comes through loud and clear to British Columbians. Our profession provides treatments and preventative interventions for a myriad of injuries and conditions, unfortunately the general public does not associate physiotherapy with a broad range of conditions.
Our latest issue of Directions highlights the work of Blackbird Physiotherapy: Hand to Shoulder Centre, a private clinic in Nelson, B.C. specializing in hand to shoulder rehab. Three women — Jodi Dool (Certified Hand Therapist and physiotherapist), Christy Macfie (Certified Hand Therapist and occupational therapist) and Dr. Lee-Anne Laverty—are changing the paradigm of what it means to provide collaborative health care.
Tori Arca is the kind of physiotherapist who, like many in the profession, is always looking for a challenge and to learn and grow. As a new UBC graduate, she started her physiotherapy journey at Surrey Memorial Hospital working on various units including general medical, oncology, acute stoke, high acuity and nephrology. She also had the opportunity to work in the Pain Clinic at Jim Pattinson Outpatient Center.
Naomi Casiro founded NeuroFit BC to allow her to better serve the Parkinson's population. She recognized a need to provide Parkinson's patients with specific exercise programs to help them manage their symptoms, slow down disease progression and live better. NeuroFit BC offers a dedicated, safe place for people with Parkinson's to work out and create community.
In response to the current Canada-wide opioid crisis, the Canadian Physiotherapy Association has prepared a report to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health, proposing community based interdisciplinary pain management strategies to help improve the lives of Canadians living with pain; reduce the use of opioids through provision of effective treatment options with lower risk profiles; and reduce the burden of pain on the health care system.
Starting physiotherapy after cancer – or any major illness or injury – can make a remarkable difference in recovery. It has for Darren, a bright young boy and football player from Surrey B.C. who began physiotherapy with PABC member Chiara Singh, clinical supervisor for physiotherapy at Surrey Memorial Hospital, after his surgery and chemotherapy for a brain tumour. This is their story.