Genevieve Bouchard

How to choose the right Physiotherapist for you?

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How do you, as a patient, choose the right physiotherapist for your injury?

When your doctor or health professional refers your for physiotherapy, it is often hard to know where to go and what to expect. It is always a good idea to ask your friends or family, as they may have good advice for you. If they have a particular facility they recommend, you can call that clinic and ask if they have a physiotherapist who works with people with similar problems to yours. For example: if you are feeling dizzy, there are physiotherapists who specialize in vestibular problems. If you have pelvic floor pain, or are incontinent after delivering your baby, you would be better suited with a pelvic floor physiotherapist. The clinic receptionist should be able to refer you to the physiotherapist who will be able to handle your problem the best.

What do all those letters mean after the physiotherapists name?

Typically the first set of letters are indicating the type of degree that the therapist has obtained that allows them to practice physiotherapy. An Example of these letters is CAMPT.

CAMPT stands for Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy. A CAMPT physiotherapist is a physiotherapist who has completed an extensive post – graduate program specializing in hands on therapy treatment techniques. These clinicians utilize very detailed, specific techniques; that help improve pain control, abnormal biomechanics and functional activities. This is achieved by finding and targeting the root of the problem with focused treatment.

CAMPT – certified therapist base their focused treatment on research – guided techniques that help with patient recovery. They will educate you on your condition and reduce the risk of reinjure. FCAMPT is an internationally recognized standard, and those physiotherapists who hold this title, have additional training in assessment and clinical reasoning with an expertise in manual therapy.

CAMPT is part of the international Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physiotherapist (IFOMPT). The IFOMPT is a subsection of the world health organization (WHO) with the mandate to develop and monitor a standardized, high- level of orthopaedic manual physical therapy worldwide.

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 Manual and manipulative therapy is safe and effective technique that the highly trained physiotherapist, CAMPT are certified to do. Research demonstrates that manipulative techniques are effective to help to restore normal mobility, reduce muscle pain, muscle tension and can help you recover faster and better.

FCAMPTS display this logo on their website, business cars and in their offices.

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You can find a FCAMPT on the FCAMPT website or at this address:

If you have any questions, please contact us at

Source: CAMPT website,

Originally Published: July 2, 2018

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Genevieve Bouchard, Contributor and Physiotherapist at Quinte Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation Specialists

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