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Manitoba Physiotherapy Association

MPA provides leadership for and direction to the physiotherapy profession; fosters excellence in practice, education and research; and positions the physiotherapy profession as integral to the health and wellness of Manitobans.

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Common Conditions

Many disease processes can be slowed or managed more effectively with a combination of specific exercise and lifestyle changes. Your physiotherapist's combined knowledge and expertise allows them to treat a wide variety of health issues and can help you control the symptoms related to your condition. For more information on specific conditions, click on any of the links below.

Ankle Sprains

Ankle sprains are a common but painful injury that can happen in sports like running or basketball, or simply by stepping unexpectedly onto an uneven surface. 

Computer Ergonomics

More and more people experience aches and pains from sitting at a computer for too long. Don’t ignore the early warning signs, such as weakness of your grip, numbness, and discomfort or pain in the arms, hands, wrists, or shoulders.


Urinary incontinence means any involuntary loss of urine, and is a common problem that affects both men and women. According to the Canadian Continence Foundation, 1.5 million Canadians are incontinent.

Knee Injury

Whether you are a professional athlete or carrying out day-to-day chores, knee injuries can happen to anyone. Knee injuries can be caused by trauma, such as an accident or a fall, or even by a sudden increase in daily activities.


Lymphedema refers to swelling from abnormal accumulation of protein rich lymphatic fluid. Early diagnosis and treatment is important in the management of lymphedema to help both the prognosis and the condition.


Joints change with time, and as we age we experience a gradual loss of mobility. Osteoarthritis is not a matter of getting older. It is a degenerative process that results in relatively rapid deterioration of a joint.


Osteoporosis is a condition that results in loss of bone mass and weakening of the bones. This increases the risk of fractures, such as a broken hip or crushed vertebra (spine). 

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is a painful inflammation of the plantar fascia – a thick, fibrous band of connective tissue in the sole of the foot that supports the arch of the foot. 

Repetitive Strain

Repetitive strain injury (RSI) is a blanket term used to describe more than 20 disorders of the musculoskeletal system, including carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, and bursitis. Some symptoms of developing RSI include numbness, loss of grip strength, and restricted mobility.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is a chronic disease that is characterized by an inflammation in the lining of the joints. There is no cure for Rheumatoid Arthritis but there are effective ways to manage the symptoms and any resulting disabilities. 


Stroke is one of the major causes of disability and handicap in adults. A stroke causes damage to specific parts of the brain either from the interruption of the flow of blood to the brain (an ischemic stroke) or the rupture of blood vessels in the brain (a hemorrhagic stroke). 


Whiplash occurs when the force of an impact thrusts your head forward and rapidly jerks it backward again. The soft tissues of the neck and upper spine stretch and tear, causing inflammation, pain, and/or sensations of numbness in the neck and shoulders.