We are pleased to welcome Derek Brown, PT, to the Back Works team!
Derek graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 2003 with an Honors degree in Kinesiology with Psychology and returned to graduate from UWO with a Masters in Physical Therapy in 2005. Since then he has worked in both private practice as well as publicly funded areas of physiotherapy in both Ontario and British Columbia. During these experiences, Derek has gained knowledge in and appreciation for a number of areas of rehabilitation. Specifically, Derek has gained experience in the area of stroke and neurological rehabilitation while working at the Brantford General Hospital, has taken Neurodevelopmental Treatment approach (NDT) training, and continues to use this knowledge when treating people who have been diagnosed with stroke in the community. He is also an authorizer for the Assistive Devices Program (ADP) through the Ministry of Health and Long Term care for mobility aides. This allows him to assess, prescribe and facilitate the process of receiving government funding for walkers when indicated. Another special area of interest for Derek is concussion management and since being certified with specific concussion training, his interest has grown immensely. He not only believes that early detection and proper management of concussion is essential for recovery, he feels it is imperative for athletes to have a baseline test completed to better help manage their recovery in the event of a concussion. As well, proper education of the athlete, family, and the general public is crucial. Most recently, Derek has completed the Gunn Intramuscular Stimulation (Gunn IMS) course through the University of British Columbia. Other areas of training include level 3 manual therapy training, acupuncture, and therapeutic taping. Derek looks forward to continuing to improve his manual therapy skills and challenging the intermediate exam next year.
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