On any given day, I see patients who have received diagnoses that change their lives forever… Parkinson's, Multiple Sclerosis, Traumatic Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury, Stroke, just to name a few. I reflect often on how privileged I am, as a member of the physiotherapy profession, to be accepted into their lives at such a difficult time, allowing us to help them on their journey. As physiotherapists, our job is to look at their present strengths and challenges, look to their future possibilities and build a bridge between these through our treatment. Then we need to help our patients work to cross that bridge – one metaphorical or sometimes literal painstaking step at a time. Our job is to support and encourage our patients and their loved ones along the way. We need to bring all our expertise, experience and vision to tailor an optimal program for each person's care. We need to be ready to celebrate their successes and discharge them when they are ready, but also to be there again if needed, as their condition progresses or as they age. It is a great privilege to be entrusted with a person' s rehabilitation because it is often the key to their remaining independent for as long as possible, the key to thriving rather than just surviving. To each of our patients, we thank you for that trust.

 

Jacquie Levy, Registered Physiotherapist and Clinic owner, Clinical Physiotherapy Specialist Neuro-Sciences