About Physiotherapy

As primary health care professionals, physiotherapists combine in-depth knowledge of how the body works with specialized hands on clinical skills to assess, establish clinical impression and treat symptoms of illness, injury or disability and ultimately restore strength, movement, function, independence and well being.

Your physiotherapist will begin with an extensive assessment of your primary concerns, health history, symptoms, strength, flexibility, movement patterns, posture, and activity levels.

From this information your physiotherapist will establish a clinical impression and prognosis and in partnership with you, develop goals and an individualized treatment plan.

A treatment plan may include education, therapeutic exercise, manual therapy, or modalities.

Exercises prescribed may be done at home, in a gym, or at a pool, depending on what environment suits your lifestyle and needs. * It is important to follow through with these exercises in order for results to occur.

Examples of Conditions treated:

  • Neck and Back pain
  • Overuse injuries
  • Traumatic injuries (car accidents, falls)
  • Arthritis
  • Post stroke and acquired brain injury
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Effects of aging or general debility
  • Balance problems
  • Fitness and wellness


Physiotherapists have a university degree at a Bachelor’s level, (more recent graduates have a Masters degree). Areas studied include biology, physiology, anatomy, kinesiology, pathology and pharmacology. They also study the social sciences, learning and education.

In order to practice in Saskatchewan a physiotherapist must be registered with the Saskatchewan College of Physical Therapists. Only those registered may use the professional designation of "PT", "Physiotherapist" or "Physical Therapist".

Physiotherapy is covered by most extended health-care plans. Some plans ask you to first receive a physician's referral. You otherwise do not need a physicians referral to see a physiotherapist.

It is important that your Physiotherapist: