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Profile: physiotherapists who work with neurological populations


Above photo: Lions Gate Hospital physiotherapist Colleen VanHooft demonstrates some balance strategy techniques with a physiotherapy student. 

May is National Physiotherapy Month. To celebrate, the 400 Vancouver Coastal Health physiotherapists and rehabilitation assistants would like to share what they do every day. From highly specialized acute care settings in Vancouver to small rural community settings in Bella Coola, VCH physiotherapists and rehabilitation assistants treat a wide range of people and conditions. This week we are highlighting our physiotherapists who work with neurological populations.

Physiotherapists who work with neurological populations

An estimated 3.6 million Canadians are affected by neurological conditions such as stroke, head injury, Parkinson's and multiple sclerosis. Patients with neurological disorders can greatly benefit from physiotherapy, which helps improve mobility, flexibility, and balance.  

At Vancouver Coastal Health, we have specialized physiotherapists to treat these conditions throughout the continuum of care, from the emergency department to intensive care to the neurological wards, to inpatient rehabilitation and finally on to community. Their role is to focus on regaining balance and movement and maximizing physical capabilities. The physiotherapist's help is integral to assisting patients to optimize their functioning and help in achieving their long term goals.

At GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre,  therapists provide assessment and treatment to clients from across the province in a wide variety of clinical areas including acquired brain injury, spinal cord injury, amputees, neuromusculoskeletal disorders as well as providing numerous services including  assistive technology, equipment and orthotics and vocational rehabilitation to just name a few. 


For more questions about the services neuro physiotherapists provide, please contact Melanie Lewis, VCH Clinical Resource Therapist for Neurology/Spine Populations at or at (778) 873-0257.

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