Clinic & Therapists
Here are some frequently asked questions and short answers. For more information, please contact the clinic at 418.627.1410.
What should I expect during my first visit to the clinic?
To complete the forms in order to open a file and to take note of the administrative policies of the clinic, it is advisable to arrive 10 minutes earlier than the scheduled time of your appointment. Depending on your needs, you will first be evaluated by your physiotherapist. He will ask you about the reason for consultation and will give you a detailed physical examination. Your physiotherapist will then plan a treatment which may contain, according to your needs, a clinical treatment and / or advice and exercises to be done at home. Allow 60 minutes for the first meeting and 30 to 45 minutes for the following ones.
If I've been recently injured, is it possible to see a physiotherapist quickly?
A recent injury should be promptly evaluated. For this reason, depending on the severity of the injury and the runner’s competition objectives, he must make sure to get an appointment as soon as possible by speaking directly to the physiotherapist.
Should I meet with a doctor before coming to see you?
Apart from the requirements of a few insurance companies, it is not necessary to see a doctor before meeting a physiotherapist, who has cutting edge expertise in the evaluation of musculoskeletal conditions and works in collaboration with other health professionals to monitor and treat your condition. If exams such as x-rays seem necessary or appropriate medication desirable, the physiotherapist will put you in contact with a doctor that specializes in sports injuries.
I have had persistent pain for several years. Can you really help me?
Hundreds of other patients like you have found the ability to run and now enjoy the benefits of endorphins. Each condition is unique, but all of them should be treated from the source of the problem. Receiving advice on training modulation, footwear and running patterns, as well as prescribing specific exercises are the ingredients to a winning recipe when we talk about persistent pain.
I'm already treated by my health professional for my musculoskeletal problem. What is the advantage of coming to see you?
It is possible to come see one of our specialists even if you are followed by another healthcare professional. Thanks to our expertise in running, our physiotherapist will focus on evaluating specific aspects of running which are linked to your problem, such as your running pattern, footwear and training modulation.
What is a biomechanical analysis?
A biomechanical analysis includes an analysis of the running dynamics on a treadmill, a running shoe analysis and an analysis of flexibility and strength of some specific muscles that can affect the runner's mechanics.
What do I bring and how should I dress?
It is suggested to bring any frequently used shoes (running shoes as well as regular street shoes) and have comfortable clothing that allows good analysis of the human body (running shorts or short tights, a singlet or a sports bra…).
Can the biomechanical analysis be done on other types of sporting gestures (i.e.: I play football, I am a sprinter, etc.).
The biomechanical analysis will differ on some points, but will still allow us to highlight certain risk factors associated to injuries. The analysis on the treadmill will be replaced by some functional gestures while analysis of flexibility and strength will be supplemented by a proprioception analysis.