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We Are Open

To our patients and referring physicians and nurse practitioners: We are open.

The College of Physiotherapists of Ontario (CPO) has advised that that physiotherapists and physiotherapist assistants providing services in the community only do so to address patients with urgent needs. Patients whose care and services are of a non urgent nature can be postponed until at least after March 30th or be provided virtually using teleconferencing services.

We have implemented a heightened cleaning and disinfecting protocol and are following recommended infection control protocols.

As a clinic with many patients with acute needs, we are committed to remaining open for our patients.

Should you deem your care non-urgent and wish to postpone and reschedule your appointment, please call our office, text or email to do so.

We have post-surgical patients, patients recovering from fractures, patients on return to work programs who need to be seen. We also have patients in pain who may end up in urgent care if we don’t see them.

We are here for you and will remain open to see patients.

We will be offering teleconferencing where possible, for assessment and treatment.

We do ask that patients self screen to minimize risk.

If you are feeling unwell with any of the following symptoms:

  • Fever, new cough or difficulty breathing (or a combination of these symptoms)?
  • Muscle aches, fatigue, headache, sore throat, runny nose or diarrhea? Symptoms in young children may also be non-specific (for example, lethargy, poor feeding).

And have experienced any of the following:

  • Have you travelled outside of Canada in the last 14 days?
  • Does someone you are in close contact with have COVID-19 (for example, someone in your household or workplace)?
  • Are you in close contact with a person who is sick with respiratory symptoms (for example, fever, cough or difficulty breathing) who recently travelled outside of Canada?

If you answered yes to these questions, you should seek clinical assessment for COVID-19 over the phone.

The majority of COVID-19 illnesses are mild. A clinician can help guide whether you will require further care or potential testing in person. Please use one of the following options:

Contact your primary care provider (for example, family doctor). Let them know that you have used this self-assessment tool.

Contact Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 and speak with a registered nurse. Let them know that you have used this self-assessment tool.

If you start to experience worsening symptoms, please visit your local emergency department. Call before you go and let them know you have used this self-assessment tool.

If you answered no to these questions, it is unlikely that you have COVID-19.

We will issue updates as they arise.

Sincerely,

Telma Grant, PT
1-234 King Street East
Bowmanville, ON L1C 1P5
O: 905-697-8001
F: 1-855-420-5774
email: Info@TelmaGrant.Ca

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Strategies for Improved Sleep

If pain (or any other reason) is affecting the quality of your sleep, start by identifying the cause of the problem. The first step is an assessment of the sleeping environment and lifestyle habits. Here are some questions to answer:

  • Is the bedroom a quiet place and are all lights switched off? Is there a television or laptop (and associated glare) in the bedroom?
  • What are you sleeping on? How old is the mattress? Does your pillow provide enough support for your neck and head?
  • What are you eating and drinking before you go to sleep? Are you consuming caffeinated beverages late in the day? Are you eating big meals close to bedtime?
  • Are you sleeping at the same time every day? Are you avoiding stressful conversations or situations before going to bed?

By facilitating an environment that is quiet and comfortable, you will set the stage for sound sleep. A physical therapist can also help you sleep better by teaching you techniques such as autogenic relaxation, progressive muscle relaxation, and visualization.

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Pain Relief with Sleep

This is typically a time for new year resolutions. For most individuals, this involves exercising and healthy eating, but sleep is equally (if not more) important. One of the best things you can do for yourself this year is to try and get enough sleep. In fact, did you know that there is a correlation between sleep and pain?

Some people sleep longer because they are in pain, while others cannot sleep at all. Pain affects the way a person sleeps and a lack of sleep can intensify pain. Individuals who suffer from chronic pain may experience sleep disorders. In fact, pain is one of the causes of insomnia.

Sleep disorder symptoms include difficulty falling asleep, waking up in the middle of the night, waking up early in the morning, restless sleep, and overall dissatisfaction with the quality of sleep. The consistent interruption of sleep triggers a vicious cycle of sleep deprivation and increased pain. The less sleep a person gets, the more intense the pain can become.

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Pre-Surgery Checklist

Check out these guidelines and give yourself the best chance to recover optimally. Rehab is pretty straight forward. As long as you have a plan.

One of the regular conversations we have with our greater athletic family is how to prepare for an upcoming surgery. For most athletes, a surgical event essentially represents a temporary alien invasion level disruption to their lives. And honestly, this analogy isn’t far from the truth. Besides dropping headlong into a medical system that can pretty much strip people of their loci of control, serious injury is disruptive to family, nutrition, training, sleep, stress levels, etc.

Check out these guidelines and give yourself the best chance to recover optimally. Rehab is pretty straight forward. As long as you have a plan.