By Marjolein Groenevelt
It has been 27 years since Glebe Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic first opened on the ground floor of what was then Fifth Avenue Court. Back then, in January 1994, we hosted a food and drinks event, which was attended by Mayor Jacqueline Holzman, Councillor Jim Watson and friends and family. This year, during the COVID-19 pandemic, we welcome clients only with masks and physical distancing at our new location.
With the announcement of the redevelopment of Fifth Avenue Court for condominiums, the challenging search for a new home began. There were several stops along the way. First, in September 2019, we moved into GoodLife at Lansdowne. When the pandemic significantly changed operating procedures, we moved again last March into the ProPhysio clinic at 1081 Carling Avenue.
Our new home now at Lansdowne checks all the boxes. It is in our central neighbourhood. You can get there by walking, public transit, bicycle or car, and it is a good drop-off location free of snowbanks. Most importantly, it is barrier-free and accessible for people with mobility challenges.
The clinic continues to offer all previous services for joint problems, including arthritis, low back pain and neck pain, as well as for tendon and other soft tissue problems. The clinic can also help with specialized services for dizziness and balance, use of infrared video goggles for detailed vestibular assessment, Gunn intramuscular stimulation for chronic pain, seniors care and other post-operative rehabilitation. A sports medicine doctor, if not available on-site, is available at one of the affiliated sites.
The clinic has also established a partnership with the Ottawa Hospital and its affiliates to offer post-operative physiotherapy services, funded through the Ministry of Health, for knee, hip and shoulder joint-replacement surgeries. Also, a new pilot project with the orthopedic surgeons of the Ottawa Hospital and CHEO will see specialized services offered to all clients in their care.
Evidence-based practice is the driving force of client-centred care. With the amount of information available nowadays online from many sources, it is important to be listened to and engaged in an evidence-based treatment plan. From small injuries and questions to complex problems, the team at Glebe Physiotherapy and Sport Medicine will help you with your questions and activities and to achieve your best outcome.
Glebe Physiotherapy and Sport Medicine is located at 200 Marché Way, Unit 106, just down and across from Winners. We can be contacted at glebephysio.com, firstname.lastname@example.org or 613-237-3750. Pandemic health measures in place include a free medical/surgical mask for all clients, screening including temperature check, antiviral cleaning and social distancing.
Marjolein Groenevelt is director and part owner of Glebe Physiotherapy and Sport Medicine. She is one of only a few physiotherapists in Ottawa to be granted a Diploma of Sports Physiotherapy. She has worked with elite athletes from many sports, dance competitions and performances and was a physiotherapist at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.