One in four Canadian military personnel require physiotherapy for injuries. Rehabilitation for injured soldiers is completed back in Canada by physiotherapists.
OTTAWA, Nov. 10, 2011 /CNW/ – Physiotherapists in the Canadian Forces treat injured soldiers on the battlefield through to rehabilitation back in Canada. An estimated 25 per cent of Canadian Forces personnel access physiotherapy services each year, and many require long-term rehabilitation programs.
“We’re seeing unprecedented numbers of complex cases coming back from Afghanistan,” says Alice Aiken, PT, PhD, current director of the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research, and past-president of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. Dr. Aiken says, “It’s taking the profession of physiotherapy to a new level of care.”
Physiotherapists work with soldiers who have lost limbs, suffered mobility issues in combat, or experienced other problems that prevent them from engaging in active service. Intricate treatment approaches are needed for those soldiers who experience a combination of injuries.
“Many soldiers face life-altering, multi-traumatic injuries, and need to spend months in comprehensive physical rehabilitation,” says Lieutenant-Colonel Peter Rowe, a physiotherapist with the Canadian Forces Health Services Group and member of the… continue reading
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