The two physiotherapy professions

 Manipulation during a physiotherapy sessionThe physiotherapist and the physical rehabilitation therapist are the only physiotherapy professionals recognized by the Quebec professional system.

Anyone wishing to hold the title of physiotherapist or physical therapist (P.T.) must have completed a Master of Science in Physiotherapy (physical therapy) and be a member of Ordre professionnel de la physiothérapie du Québec (OPPQ).

Those seeking to hold the title of physical rehabilitation therapist (P.R.T.) must have completed a college degree in physical rehabilitation techniques and be a member of OPPQ.

Activities, settings, and access to resources

Depending on their level of responsibility, physiotherapists and physical rehabilitation therapists perform the nine activities reserved for OPPQ members. Both physiotherapists and physical rehabilitation therapists are found in all areas of healthcare and in all types of public and private organizations and establishments, whether front line, specialized, or sub-specialized. Only physiotherapists can provide a physiotherapy diagnosis and consult directly with the public without the need for a medical referral.

You are in good hands with physiotherapy professionals

Physiotherapists and physical rehabilitation therapists have the knowledge and skill to treat different types of patients engaged in a wide variety of activities, whether related to work, leisure, or everyday life.

As professionals, physiotherapists and physical rehabilitation therapists possess and maintain a high level of competence by incorporating into their practice the latest health evidence, which they continually update through continuing education or by conducting or participating in research activities. Dedicated to staying abreast of the latest developments in their field of practice, they continually seek to hone their skills.

Moreover, given their increasing involvement in developing new practice techniques, OPPQ members make valuable contributions to the efficient functioning of our healthcare system.