One of the MOST common questions asked at our clinic is…
What is the DIFFERENCE between Athletic Therapy and Physiotherapy?!
Even a local neurologist who refers us patients
Asked us the same question.
The truth is…
There are more similarities than differences.
The biggest thing they have in common,
Is they both can get you feeling better
And back to the things you enjoy!
BUT, here is a simple explanation of what Athletic Therapists (ATs) and Physiotherapists (PTs) do…
They both perform a comprehensive assessment
To find out exactly where your symptoms/concerns are coming from.
Hint: It may not only be where the pain is felt 🙂
Common conditions treated by both include…
Muscle strains, ligament sprains/tears, whiplash injuries, frozen shoulder, tendinitis, plantar fasciitis, fractures and more…
Continuing education sometimes helps to differentiate one practitioner from another.
Ashley (AT) has taken additional courses in:
Myofascial Cupping, Women’s Health, and more…
She is also currently taking an Acupuncture certification.
Daniel (AT) has taken additional courses in:
Acupuncture, and The Foot Collective…
And Curtis (PT) has taken additional courses in:
Concussion Rehabilitation, Myofascial Cupping, and The Selective Functional Movement Assessment.
A common misconception is,
That Athletic Therapists only treat athletes.
Athletic Therapists are phenomenal at working with athletes and weekend warriors,
But they are also well equipped to work with the general public.
Just as Physiotherapists also work extremely well with athletes.
One major difference between the two professions
Is that Physiotherapists have a large scope when it comes to neurological conditions.
They work with patients recovering from a stroke for example.
Finally, from a practical perspective…
Both types of practitioners can be seen without a doctor’s referral
(Unless you need one for insurance coverage purpose)
Both are covered by insurance companies such as…
Canada Life, Blue Cross, Sunlife, WCB, MPI, and many more.
So there you have it.
We hope that clears things up a bit.
Want to learn more about how we can help?
Send us an email or give us a call.
And ask for Ashley, Daniel, or Curtis.
Here is a link to their bios also!
In Good Health,