TORONTO, Sept. 3 /CNW/ - Today is World Physical Therapy Day, a day the
World Confederation for Physical Therapy has set aside to recognize the vital
work that physiotherapists do for their patients and their community all over
the world including here in Canada.
Physiotherapy is the 5th largest regulated health profession in Canada
after nursing, medicine, pharmacy, and dentistry. Canada's 20,000
physiotherapists practice in a wide variety of clinical and academic settings
including hospitals, long term care facilities, universities, and private
clinics. They have extensive expertise in treating a broad range of
conditions, from assessing and treating minor strains and sprains, to
providing pre- and post-operative care, as well as managing many chronic
conditions. Physiotherapists are also involved in research on some of the most
serious diseases affecting the population.
On the world stage, Canadian physiotherapists are renowned for their
advanced clinical expertise as well as their leadership in academic and
The profession's roots go back to the First World War when boatloads of
our wounded service men in need of rehabilitation arrived back home in Canada.
Physiotherapy was essential to restore those men to their pre-war health and
help them re-enter civilian life.
In the future, as the baby boomer population ages, access to
physiotherapy services will become even more essential. An anticipated
increase in the incidence of diseases like arthritis will make
physiotherapists some of the most sought after primary health care
professionals in Canada.
On World Physical Therapy Day the Canadian Physiotherapy Association
salutes physiotherapists across the country for their unwavering commitment to
the health care of Canadians and their contribution to their profession world
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