Conditions We Treat

At our Burnaby Physiotherapy practice we treat a variety of orthopaedic and sports related injuries as well as musculoskeletal conditions. Our therapists have extensive knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology to offer you the best treatment options for your injuries.

Sports Injuries

Whether you are a weekend warrior or training for an elite competition we can help you properly rehabilitate your injuries. If you skip the rehabilitation after an injury the body will heal but it will not heal optimally and you may be susceptible to future re-injury.

Back and Neck Pain

Back pain and neck pain-can arise from a variety of causes.

Mechanical back or neck pain

Mechanical back or neck pain is where the pain in your back or neck is caused by mechanical issues such as poor posture, muscle imbalances, muscle strains, or Ligamentious sprains.
Degenerative Disc Disease: arthritic changes in the spine can cause inflammation in the joints, which can be a source of back pain or neck pain

Disc Herniation or slipped disc

Disc Herniation or slipped disc: this may cause inflammation of the surrounding nerves or can even cause direct pressure to be applied on the nerve root. Nerve root compression can lead to decreased strength in the extremities or altered sensation in the nerves such as numbness, tingling or pins and needles.

WorkSafe BC

Work related injuries need proper rehabilitation in order to return to work successfully. We are part of the WorkSsafe BC Physiotherapy Network and directly bill all appointments to WorkSafe BC with an accepted claim.


After a motor vehicle accident a variety of soft tissue injuries may occur ranging from the spine (neck and back pain) out to the extremities.


Bursitis is inflammation of the bursa which is a soft tissue structure that lies in between a tendon and a bone. The role of a bursa is to help reduce friction between these two structures. Excessive rubbing or pressure on the bursa can cause it to be inflamed.


(tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, rotator cuff, patella tendon, Achilles). Tendinitis occurs when the tendon structure is strained and can be caused as a result of sports injuries. This causes inflammation of the tendon. The tendon is the part where the muscle attaches to the bone. Tendinitis can become chronic and become a tendinosis; this is where the inflammation is gone and the actual composition of the tendon structure changes and becomes weakened. Exercise therapy is essential to restore improved tendon function.

Repetitive Strain/Overuse Injuries

(Patella femoral pain syndrome, IT band friction syndrome, Piriformis syndrome, and plantarfascitis). These injuries are caused by increased repetitive load being applied to soft tissue. They are usually developed over longer periods of time and require exercise therapy for retraining. If you rest the issues will improve, but may come back when the structures are being used and loaded again.

Pre-Natal and Post Partum Rehab

The body goes through many changes when preparing for a baby. During the Pre-Natal stage, ligaments start to stretch more and postural alignment changes to accommodate the growing fetus. This can lead to a number of varying symptoms such as low back pain, SI joint pain, round ligament pain, sciatica, joint instability and pelvic floor muscle dysfunction during the pre-natal or post partum period. Physiotherapy treatment can help with alignment and stability of the core to reduce and minimize pain, improve function and prevent further injury. Preventative exercises are beneficial to strengthen the body for the preparation of labour. During the post partum period physiotherapy will help condition the body for repetitive lifting and carrying postures as well as breast feeding postures.


Is an inflammatory condition which affects many people. There are a number of different types of arthritis. Physiotherapy has been shown to greatly help manage the symptoms of arthritis.

Post Fracture and Post Surgical rehab

After you break a bone or have surgery to reconstruct or repair any part of the musculoskeletal system, physiotherapy is often needed in order to fully rehabilitate your injuries. Often muscles atrophy and scar tissue starts to lay down in unorganised fashion, which may lead to joint stiffness and reduced range of motion.

Chronic Pain and Fibromyalgia

Exercise has been shown by research to help with chronic pain. Chronic pain can be caused by over activity in the nervous system, exercise can help desensitize the nerves and help break the pain cycle.


Are caused by a variety of mechanisms. 50% of them are mechanical in nature and may be caused by tight muscles in the neck. These include tension aches. There are also migraines and other more serious causes. Tension headaches can be effectively treated with physiotherapy. A true tension headache has a pattern associated with it and can be improved with stretching and treatment.

TMJ Pain

Can be caused by tightness in your neck from the nerve connections which lay in the neck referring to jaw or can be caused by grinding your teeth at night. Mobilisations and stretching your neck and jaw may help with TMJ pain and a night guard may be needed to help rest your jaw at night.

Malalignment syndromes-Scoliosis, SI joint dysfunction

The body has a gold standard for alignment where minimal forces go through the spine and joints. No one has perfect alignment, but when alignment is truly too far outside of your normal or causes you pain, realignment and muscle re-training is needed to keep your body balanced.

Post Operative Mastectomy Care

Restriction of shoulder range of motion can be caused by excessive scar tissue formation at the incision. When the body creates too much scar it can stick and bind to other soft tissue such as muscle, skin, and tendons. This stops how much the shoulder can move and restricts shoulder mobility.

Lymph (scar tissue) can form within lymph vessel, and cording can occur due to excessive scar tissue in the lymph vessel. This will also contribute to restriction in shoulder mobility

Physiotherapy treatment includes scar mobilization, manual therapy stretching, range of motion exercise, and self stretches for increasing flexibility, restoring mobility, and preventing further restrictions.