Physical Therapy is a sub-discipline of medicine that focuses on rehabilitation. There are 13 graduate level physical therapy schools in Canada each associated with its university’s respective medical school. In university, physical therapists learn equally about orthopaedics, neurology and cardiorespiratory therapy.
In private practice orthopaedics, our focus is the musculoskeletal system and pathologies that cause pain, and limit mobility and function.
Physical therapists use a broad range of treatment techniques the scope of which covers all the conservative (non-invasive) techniques that can accelerate and improve healing. From education, ergonomic modification and training plan improvements to soft tissue and joint manual therapies, bracing and orthotics, electrical modalities, and especially corrective exercise, you can expect a comprehensive treatment plan targeting your specific needs.
Orthopaedic physical therapists can continue their training through a post-graduate continuing education curriculum provided by the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physical Therapy Association. There are five levels of training to complete this diploma in advanced orthopaedics and manipulation. Physical Therapists who complete the program are granted the title of Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physical Therapists (FCAMPT), an internationally recognized credential in orthopaedic and manual therapy expertise.
The chiropractic discipline dates back well over a hundred years. There are many different schools in North America with slightly differing philosophies. However, Canadian trained chiropractors require an undergraduate university degree before entering the program at Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) in Toronto. The program consists of four years of education focusing primarily on the musculoskeletal system. There is a strong base in manual therapy, specifically joint manipulation, as this has historically been a cornerstone chiropractic treatment. However, CMCC trains well-rounded practitioners who have at their disposal a full complement of treatment techniques including all of the conservative (non-invasive) techniques that accelerate healing. From education, ergonomic modification and training plan improvements to soft tissue and joint manual therapies, bracing and orthotics, electrical modalities, and especially corrective exercise, you can expect a comprehensive treatment plan targeting your specific needs. Upon completion of their training, chiropractors receive the title of doctor of chiropractic.