About Propel Physiotherapy

Propel Physiotherapy is a private treatment centre for catastrophic neurological injuries and complex orthopedic injuries caused by motor vehicle accidents, workplace accidents, and sports injuries, located in Etobicoke. We believe in helping our clients pursue optimal health and wellness through physical therapy and activity, education, and mindfulness. We provide comprehensive client-centered care programs. They are based on the most current, evidence-based techniques, and implemented in the most cost-effective manner possible. Once a program is tailored to your specific goals, treatment is delivered where it suits you best, whether that is in the home, at work, in your local pool or recreation centre, or in our specially-designed clinic space. We take a hands-on approach, using manual therapy, facilitation, exercise, acupuncture, and a number of other treatments to help you get back to your daily routine.

Discectomy: Purpose, Post-Operative Pain Management & Rehabilitation

A discectomy is a surgical procedure that removes a herniated disc from the spine. Herniated discs typically occur in individuals between the ages of 30 to 50 years old and is twice as common in males, compared to females[i]. In this article, we will describe what a discectomy is and why it is performed, in greater detail. Additionally, we will discuss how physical therapy can help manage post-operative pain and improve function and mobility following a discectomy. What is a Discectomy? A discectomy is a surgical procedure that might be considered to address issues caused by a herniated disc pressing [...]

How to Meet WHO Physical Activity Guidelines

The World Health Organization released their Guidelines on Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour in November.  Gill Deacon of CBC Radio’s Here and Now spoke with exercise physiologist Martha Garrick from Propel Physiotherapy on her program on Tuesday, December 1 to ask her for tips on meeting the WHO physical activity guidelines.Gill Deacon:Guidelines from the World Health Organization suggest we might be doing that a little too much for the last eight or nine months. We need to move a lot more than we currently are. The WHO released a report late last week expressing concerns over a second pandemic of [...]

Laminectomy: Purpose, Post-Surgical Care & Rehabilitation

A laminectomy is a common spinal decompression surgery that can take anywhere from a few weeks to several months to recover from depending on the age of the patient and the number of vertebrae involved. In this article, we will help to provide an overview of what laminectomy surgery is and what it hopes to achieve. We will also discuss how physical therapy can help manage pain, function, and mobility after surgery. What is a Laminectomy? A laminectomy is a surgical procedure used to increase the space within the spinal canal by removing the lamina from the vertebral arch, also [...]

Transverse Myelitis: Symptoms, Causes and Treatments

Transverse myelitis is a rare neurological condition that can occur at any age. Band-like sensory changes at the thoracic level of the spinal cord that are typical with this condition make it unique. Symptoms can present suddenly, including sensory changes, weakness, pain and bladder and bowel impairments. In this article, we examine the causes, signs and symptoms of transverse myelitis, and how physical therapy can help mitigate functional impairments resulting from this neurologic condition. What is Transverse Myelitis? Transverse myelitis is a neurologic condition resulting from inflammation in the spinal cord. Transverse refers to the common clinical finding of sensation [...]

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