Managing MSK Pain With Collaborative Care

Musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions include a wide range of disorders that can impact the bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints, and connective tissue. Almost 90% of Canadians suffer from MSK pain, which can negatively impact almost all aspects of daily life. The most common type of MSK pain affecting Canadians is low back pain (LBP). LBP is now the number one reason for opioid prescriptions however, research shows that manual therapy decreases opioid use. Guidelines now recommend non-pharmaceuticals as the first line of care including education, exercise, and manual therapy. 

The most common reason people consult a chiropractor, physiotherapist, or massage therapist is due to pain as a result of an MSK problem. A healthy MSK system contributes to an active and healthy lifestyle. When people cannot move or get around easily, this impacts their quality of life. MSK pain can prevent someone from going to school, working, or even doing simple daily activities. This can affect sleep, productivity, social life, and mental health.

At CURAVITA, we are happy to play a role in helping our patients achieve their health goals, big or small. The CURAVITA Health Group has been operating under a collaborative care model since the early years of the clinic. We have a skilled team of Chiropractors, Physiotherapists and Registered Massage Therapists. We pride ourselves on providing evidence-informed, patient-centered MSK care that is rooted in deep industry knowledge and exceptional client service.

What is chiropractic?

Chiropractic is one of the largest regulated, primary-contact health care professions in Canada. It is a non-invasive, safe, and gentle hands-on form of healthcare that focuses on the MSK system. Doctors of Chiropractic use a manual approach to treatment. They provide a diagnosis and preventive care for disorders related to the spine, pelvis, nervous system, and joints.

Chiropractors may use a combination of treatments centering on the specific needs of each patient. After taking a complete history and diagnosing the patient, a chiropractor will develop and carry out a care plan. They may also recommend rehabilitative exercise, and other adjunct therapies, while providing nutritional, dietary, and lifestyle counseling. 

Chiropractic care is a primary health care option for many MSK conditions, such as shoulder, hip, neck, mid, and lower back pain. It can also be effective at symptom relief for patients with chronic conditions, such as arthritis, and may complement or support medical treatment by relieving the MSK aspects associated with other conditions.

Why massage therapy?

Massage therapy is a natural, hands-on approach to relieving pain or discomfort. Whether you want massage therapy to relieve physical pain, soreness, or injury – or you’re simply in need of relaxation, we offer massage therapy services to accommodate everyone. The modern design of our CURAVITA Massage Therapy Centres includes state-of-the art equipment providing a clinical-spa environment. This offers comfort, tranquility, and relaxation where you will receive service and care that is tailored to your specific wants and needs.

Each of our therapists will work with you to accurately assess and identify your unique needs to develop a custom treatment plan that meets your lifestyle. Whether you need to address a specific MSK issue, relieve pain, soreness, or injury, or simply relax, we offer services to accommodate everyone. 

Where does physiotherapy fit in?

Physiotherapy emerges from the science of movement. This hands-on approach to MSK health helps prevent and treat injuries by emphasizing mobility and function. Our physiotherapists use a holistic approach to enhance or restore function while improving MSK health, wellness, and quality of life. 

Physiotherapy is a holistic approach to MSK healthcare.  These practitioners have a dedication to working with people to maximize their ability to move and function throughout their life. Specifically, physiotherapists can help you with: promoting optimal mobility and physical activity, managing acute and chronic conditions, activity limitations, and participation restrictions, and overall health and wellness.

Injuries are a part of life. That’s why we offer physical therapy techniques that help you recover. This includes shoulder conditions like rotator cuff injuries, capsulitis (frozen shoulder), and AC joint injuries. As well as knee, hip, wrist, elbow and ankle injuries, pain or weakness. If you have an injury that requires surgery, physical therapy is a vital step before and after to help you fully recover movement and dexterity. 

We offer a variety of pre- and post-surgery physiotherapies to help your body heal correctly. Our services also include planning and overseeing rehabilitative and therapeutic exercises for maintenance and support programs to prevent re-occurrence, re-injury, or functional decline.

Patient-Centric, Collaborative MSK care

At CURAVITA Health Group our team of providers collaborates together to create a custom care plan to meet your specific needs. We are always happy to extend this service and further discuss your care with your family physician and other healthcare professionals. 

Our collaborative care approach to chiropractic care, physiotherapy, and massage therapy within the Ottawa health and medical community is about putting patients first. Built on the very foundation of our core values of trust, respect, and honesty, we uphold this collaborative approach through mutual respect with both health care professionals and our patients. This mutual respect is our gold standard for providing quality family healthcare. We believe this collaborative approach advances the quality of care in family health and wellness in communities and results in excellent care for all. 

Collaborative care is at the heart of patient-centric care and is based on the old adage, “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts”. A single health professional doesn’t have all the answers, and collaboration allows each practitioner to practice according to their strengths. It also builds mutual respect and understanding between different scopes of practice.

Research has shown that the relationship between a patient and their healthcare provider greatly determines not only the patient’s satisfaction with care, but also treatment outcomes. As the patient-centric, collaborative healthcare model becomes universally prevalent in our healthcare landscape, the expectation is that all patients will become more engaged and satisfied with the delivery of their care. Clinical efficacy and improving health outcomes will have a far-reaching impact and everyone wins. 

At CURAVITA, our team of providers operate under a collaborative care model, providing custom, natural care that takes into account the unique needs of each individual. Dedicated to MSK health and wellness, we are committed to providing our clients with the highest quality holistic care and personalized experience.

If you think you are in need of MSK care and are not sure where to start, call the CURAVITA Health Group in the Glebe (613-237-9000) or Byward Market (613-860-8600) today to book a comprehensive assessment. Our model of patient-centric care in a collaborative multi-disciplinary environment will ensure you get the right care, at the right time and in the right place.