What Is a Physiotherapist?

Ottawa Physical Rehab Clinic's physiotherapy treatment helps to restore, maintain, and make the most of a patient's mobility, function, and well-being.

Physiotherapy helps through physical rehabilitation, injury prevention, and health and fitness. Physiotherapists get you involved in your recovery.

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Physiotherapists have in-depth knowledge of how the body works and specialized hands-on clinical skills to assess, diagnose, and treat symptoms of illness, injury and disability.

Physiotherapy includes treatment of injury rehabilitation, as well as prevention of injury, and promotion of health and fitness.

Physiotherapists often work in teams with other health professionals to help meet an individual's healthcare needs.

Some of the range of physiotherapy techniques used are manual therapies, joint manipulation, soft tissue therapy, rehabilitation services, and massage therapy.

Our registered physiotherapists are experts in movement and function who work in partnership with their patients.

A physiotherapist can also help prevent further injury by listening to patients' needs and expectations and working together to plan the most appropriate treatment for any individual condition, including setting goals and creating an integrated approach for treatment outcomes.

What Do Physiotherapists Treat

Our physiotherapists are trained to assess and treat a variety of different conditions including:

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  • Elbow and wrist pain
  • Postural dysfunction
  • Chronic pains
  • Sports injuries
  • Shoulder pain and stiffness
  • Acute and chronic
  • musculoskeletal injuries
  • Repetitive strain injuries
  • Neck pain
  • Soft tissue injury
  • Hip and knee pain
  • Foot and ankle pain
  • Motor vehicle accident injuries
  • Pelvic pain management
  • Future injury prevention

Patient's Feedback

  • Met Dr. Stoltz to see what type of services he provides aside from just adjustments. He taught me about the use of acupuncture with electro-therapy. It was very interesting to... read more

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    30 June 2023
  • Dr. Stoltz really helped me with my headaches! He is extremely knowledgeable and caring, and I would highly recommend anyone dealing with any condition to stop in to see him!... read more

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    27 April 2020
  • another great experience....I did massages for the last 20 years....then realized I needed more than that..... never thought of a chiro...but...doing it for the past year with them......never turning back... read more

    David Soln Avatar David Soln
    30 November 2022
  • Dr. Greg Stoltz is a phenomenal Chiropractor. I visited this clinic for the first time last week and the appointment was excellent. He efficiently assessed and diagnosed my condition.... read more

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    20 October 2022
  • Dr. Greg stands out as an exceptional clinician with a unique combination of skills that augment his chiropractic practice. He is very thoughtful and informed in his approach, an excellent... read more

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    12 November 2023
  • Petra Ciobanu, the Massage Therapist, was an amazing human being. She was very kind, very considerate and very professional. I highly recommend her if you’re looking for a massage!

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What To Expect on Your First Visit

Your first appointment will start with an initial assessment. You will be asked many detailed questions about your pain or injury and what are your goals for treatment.

Next, your practitioner will do several physical tests to determine things such as your:


  • Range of Motion (mobility and flexibility)
  • Strength
  • Ligament and Joint stability
  • Reflexes, Sensation
  • Nerve Tests
  • Swelling
  • Palpation (which specific ligaments, bones, joints, and tendons are tender to touch)

These tests are designed to help your physiotherapist diagnose your pain or injury, and then determine the best treatment plan for your condition.

Your treatment will be based on your diagnosis. We at OPRC consider education one of the most important aspects of therapy and will provide you with information about your condition and its management.

Understanding your condition allows you to take a direct and positive role in your recovery.

FAQs About Physiotherapists in Ottawa

The following are some of the most frequently asked questions about physiotherapy in Ottawa:

Does OHIP Ever Cover Physio?
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Yes, OHIP does cover physiotherapy in certain circumstances. Physiotherapy patient care is covered under the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) for those who are 18 years of age and younger or 65 years of age and older. OHIP also covers physiotherapy for those who have been referred by a physician and have a valid Ontario Health Card.

For those who do not qualify for OHIP coverage, some clinics may offer private insurance. Consult with your insurance company to discover if your policy covers physiotherapy.

Do I Need a Referral To See a Physiotherapist in Ottawa, Ontario?
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No, you do not need a referral to see a physiotherapist in Ontario. However, if you are looking for OHIP coverage for your physiotherapy treatment, then you will need to be referred by a physician.

In Ontario, physiotherapy is a regulated health profession and all physiotherapists must be registered with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario. This means that anyone can access physiotherapy services without a referral from a physician. However, if you are looking for OHIP coverage for your treatment, then you will need to be referred by a physician.

If you are looking for a physiotherapist in Ottawa, there are many clinics and practitioners available. You can search online for a clinic near you or ask your family doctor for a referral.

What Is the Difference Between a Physical Therapist and a Physiotherapist?
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The main difference between a physical therapist and a physiotherapist is that physical therapists are trained to treat patients with physical disabilities, while physiotherapists are trained to treat patients with musculoskeletal conditions. Physical therapists focus on restoring movement and function, while physiotherapists focus on improving mobility, strength, flexibility, balance, coordination and posture. Both can provide quality care and pain relief.

Is a Physiotherapist Better Than a Doctor?
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No, a physiotherapist is not necessarily better than a doctor. While physiotherapists are highly trained healthcare professionals who can provide effective treatment for musculoskeletal conditions, doctors are also highly trained and can diagnose and treat a wide range of medical conditions. It is important to consult with your doctor before seeking treatment from a physiotherapist.

I’m Looking for a Physiotherapist in Ottawa, Why Should I Choose OPRC?
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We are dedicated to aiding people in regaining an active lifestyle, expanding physical function and meeting their fitness goals. At our physiotherapy clinic in Ottawa, we specialize in physiotherapy and pride ourselves on providing excellent one-on-one expert care at affordable rates. We also have an experienced team of physiotherapists who can help you with any injury or condition, and offer free parking on-site.

Hours of operation:

8:30 a.m.–6 p.m.

8:30 a.m.–6 p.m.

8:30 a.m.–6 p.m.

8:30 a.m.–6 p.m.

8:30 a.m.–6 p.m.

By appointment only


Ottawa Physical Rehab Clinic (OPRC)

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