Are you more likely to see a kinesiologist or a physiotherapist for a sports injury?
Physiotherapy is commonly used to treat sports injuries, you will most likely see a Physiotherapist first, as they have the ability to formally diagnose your injury. If you are in significant pain, receiving treatment from a Physiotherapist first may be key in decreasing any pain or swelling that is occurring in the acute phase of the injury.
A physiotherapist may then refer you to a kinesiologist. This often happens after the pain from the original injury has decreased so that active rehab can be started. Exercise is beneficial in improving the strength of the injured area, and a kinesiologist can address any movement issues from the sports injury.
Are kinesiology and active rehab the same thing?
Kinesiology is basically the study of the human body, anywhere from anatomy, physiology and biomechanics. Kinesiologists are movement specialists.
Active Rehab is a program designed by a Kinesiologist specifically for rehabilitation from an injury for a specific person.
How does the training /schooling differ between a physiotherapist and a kinesiologist?
Kinesiologists graduate with a 4 years Bachelor of Kinesiology Degree. They have studied the human body in motion (biomechanics), strength and conditioning, methods of rehabilitation, and have a great understanding of human anatomy and physiology.
Physiotherapists on the other hand, go on to pursue their Masters Degree in Physiotherapy and are able to assess, diagnose, and treat people. Although not all Physiotherapists receive a Bachelor in Kinesiology before receiving their Master’s Degree in Physiotherapy, many do as the two degrees complement each other.
How are kinesiologists and physiotherapists licensed and regulated in Canada?
Physiotherapists are licensed and regulated by each individual provincial college. In British Columbia, that is the College of Physical Therapist of British Columbia (CPTBC).
Kinesiologist licensing and regulations are different in each province. Some have a college while others do not. In British Columbia, they do not have a regulatory college, instead, they have an Association called British Columbia Association of Kinesiologists (BCAK).
Vital Life Physiotherapy has both physiotherapists and a kinesiologist on staff. Over the course of your treatment, you may have sessions with both a kinesiologist and a physiotherapist at different points in your treatment plan. If you have any questions about which treatment option would be better suited to your needs and goals, please reach out and our staff can advise you.