This year, we are celebrating National Physiotherapy Month by highlighting the many ways our profession can enable and support healthy aging.
Physiotherapy helps prevent and manage chronic disease.
- Physiotherapy reduces hospitalization rates for cardiovascular disease.
- Physiotherapy reduces pain associated with chronic disease.
- Physiotherapy helps patients improve their commitment to exercise/be active as part of their chronic disease management.
- Physiotherapy can deliver interventions for patients with chronic disease, which reduces reliance on emergency rooms/hospitals to manage conditions.
- Physiotherapy reduces the need for surgical interventions in some chronic diseases.
Physiotherapy prevents falls.
- Physiotherapy improves balance and strength.
- Physiotherapy reduces hospitalizations.
- Physiotherapy falls prevention programs are cost-effective.
- Physiotherapy falls prevention programs improve quality of life.
Physiotherapy helps optimize function and prevents/delays frailty.
- Physiotherapy-led exercise programs can help prevent and address frailty by safely supporting those with conditions such as arthritis and osteoporosis to remain physically active.
- Physiotherapy can help improve patients’ overall sense of wellbeing (lessen the impact of depression, reducing anxiety, taking a holistic approach to improving function).
- Physiotherapy can offer interventions that are likely to improve functional dependence and frailty scores in some older adults.
- Physiotherapy is safe and effective at preventing/reducing risk of falls.
- Physiotherapy-led physical activity can help improve cognitive function in those suffering from dementia.
- Physiotherapy-led physical activity and interventions can help prevent strokes and improve health outcomes in recovery from stroke.
- Physiotherapy can help prevent and treat urinary incontinence.
Physiotherapy helps prevent and manage pain.
- Physiotherapy reduces reliance on opioids to manage pain.
- Physiotherapy exercise rehabilitation can reduce pain and disability, as well as improve quality of life for patients with musculoskeletal pain.
- Physiotherapy effectively treats and reduces lower back pain, osteoarthritis, and other musculoskeletal pain conditions.
- Timely and appropriate access to physiotherapy can reduce reliance on publicly funded health care services and medications to manage pain.
Physiotherapy helps people delay the need for joint replacement and can help people prepare for and recover from joint replacement surgery.
- Physiotherapy-led exercise interventions can reduce pain and improve physical function for those waiting for surgery.
- Post-surgery physiotherapy reduces pain.
- Post-surgery physiotherapy increases range of motion.
- Physiotherapy reduces costs by delaying or decreasing the need for surgery.