Are You Suffering from Hip or Spine Pain and
Looking for Advice & Solutions?
I Can Help...
Over 3,000 Hip & Spine Consultations, And Counting.
Mentored Over 250 Therapists & Students, And Growing.
Spoken At Over 50 Conferences Globally, And More.
Have you ever felt frustrated with our health care system - like no one is listening?
From: Darryl Yardley, Physiotherapist
To: Patients with Hip & Spine Conditions
Have you ever felt lost in the healthcare system?
You know what I'm talking about.
You've been in pain for many months - even years. You've tried multiple medications, hot and cold packs, topical ointments, and even supplements. Many people have seen a physiotherapist, chiropractor, or massage therapist - often, a combination of therapists.
The list of treatment options goes on and on ... while the cost of treatment keeps going up.
If you have a family doctor, he or she may have sent you for some tests (e.g., x-ray), prescribed different pain and/or anti-inflammatory medications, and referred you to a specialist. You may even be on narcotics that you wish you could just STOP taking.
You've been waiting to see a surgeon, but either have not heard from anyone yet, or had your appointment cancelled and rescheduled - sometimes more than once. Will a surgeon be the solution to your problems? Less than 10% of patients who are referred to a surgeon for musculoskeletal (e.g., hip and spine) conditions actually require surgery.
What does that mean for you?
Have you exhausted all conservative (non-surgical) treatment options?
I may have some GOOD news ...
I am a physiotherapist registered with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario who has acquired a combination of advanced knowledge, skills, and attitudes enabling me to address complex problems and manage risk in unpredictable contexts. I have gained the necessary skills, competencies and complex decision-making capacity to address the needs of patients presenting with hip and spine conditions.
Through my knowledge and leadership skills I develop and deliver coordinated patient care to influence positive improvement in service delivery, and better patient outcomes.
The core function of my role is expert clinical practice grounded in evidence, advanced education and experience. Through training and collaboration with neurosurgeons, orthopaedic surgeons, radiologists, and other members of the inter-professional team, I offer clinically effective and efficient care to individuals referred for consultation and management advice.
My goal ... to help you!
Consultations Customized To Help You
Do you suffer from hip pain? Have you been told you have a labral tear, hip impingement (FAI), arthritis or tight hip flexors? Have you been told you need surgery?
Do you suffer from back or neck pain? Have you been told you have a disc herniation, degenerative disc disease, or arthritis?
Are you booked for hip or spine surgery? Are you aware of what to expect - will you be in pain? What equipment do you need? When should you start physio?
In-Person: Patients are scheduled for a one-on-one assessment (hip or spine) that will take place at a clinic location in the Hamilton area. You will be offered the first available appointment slot with the option of being added to a cancellation list.
Virtual (Video) Visit: This option is super simple. I use Phzio, an advanced Telehealth technology to connect with you in realtime and diagnose your condition. Mobile capabilities will make your session private and convenient. If you need hands-on therapy as part of my treatment recommendations I will help facilitate this care for you.
If you want to know if you could benefit from my service, please click the green button below.
There are limited sessions available each month.
Let Me Tell You Why Hundreds of Patients
JUST LIKE YOU Are Seeking My Service
To Help Them.
You are not just a list of medical problems and medications.
What my patients can expect from me ...
Therapists often rush to interrupt patients in about seventeen seconds. But if we'd just sit back and listen to what say patients say, we can find the answer we are looking for. After all, good communication isn’t just about being friendly with patients, it’s a vital skill for therapists to understand our patients’ concerns and explain a diagnosis. Good communication skills are essential. I will give you the time you need and deserve. I will be honest, and help you feel empowered, even when a situation is difficult.
Great Bedside Manner
Good bedside manner is critical to establishing a trusting relationship between a therapist and his/her patients. A good therapist is professional, kind, and compassionate to everyone, including patients, their families, colleagues, and staff. I will treat you as I would want to be treated.
Whether it means helping you navigate the health care system by finding therapists, specialists, or learning of alternative treatment options, a strong advocate is willing to provide the support that is needed to his/her patient. I am willing to go the extra mile for my patients’ well-being.
Collaborator with Other Professionals
I understand that I am not a one-man show, but rather a key player in your medical team. Being able to work well with others is imperative, and what I support. A therapist needs to practice collaboration across the health care system with other therapists and doctors with the patient at the forefront.
Confidence and Competence With Your Condition
I have assessed and managed over 3000 patients with hip and spine pain. I am grounded by excellence in patient care through expert clinical practice, continuing education, and research. I have also been very fortunate to have been trained by many medical experts in the field.
See Who I've Trained and Collaborated With
Specialty: Athletic injuries and non arthritic conditions of the hip, knee and shoulder in adolescents and adults.
Research: Outcomes Research in Sports Medicine and Arthroscopic Surgery.
Specialty: Spinal Disorders/Injuries/Disease in adults; Cervical, thoracic and lumbar-sacral decompression, instrumentation and fusions; Fundamental neurosurgical care of brain tumours, and traumatic brain injury in adults.
Research: Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury; Degenerative Spinal Disease (low back pain, neck pain); Complex Lumbar Interbody Fusions.
Specialty: Adult and paediatric general orthopaedics with a subspecialty in extremity reconstructive surgery; and Regenerative Orthopaedic Medicine and providing cutting-edge care for patients by using advanced techniques, such as Image Guided Injections.
Research: Regenerative Orthopaedic Medicine
Specialty: Primary and Revision lower limb arthroplasty; Pelvic and Acetabular fracture reconstruction.
Research: Pain management after lower limb arthroplasty; Outcomes after lower limb arthroplasty.
Specialty: Hip, knee, and shoulder arthroscopy
Research: Innovative surgical techniques, including minimally invasive arthroscopic alternatives to some of the shoulder and hip’s most difficult problems; Advanced bioscaffold technology to enhance cartilage regeneration within the hip to prevent arthritis development and further hip damage in adult populations.
Social Proof of My Expertise
Co-Author of the Diagnosis and Management of Femoro-Acetabular Impingement text book. Chapter 16: The Evidence for Rehabilitation After Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI) Surgery: A Guide to Post-surgical Rehabilitation and Supporting Evidence.
Invited contributor to the FAIapp brings together quality, peer-reviewed evidence from the around the world. The combination of clinical and academic experts, as well as global perspectives and case reports creates a valuable resource for clinicians.
Embodia Academy hosts my hip and spine courses for all therapists to help them improve their knowledge and patient outcomes. Embodia also hosts my robust patient education and exercise library for hip and spine conditions.
Hip Conditions in the Young Adult: A Practical Course. It was an Honour to be Invited to Speak With This Esteemed Physician Faculty.
Invited Speaker: A Multidisciplinary Novel Approach To Manage Low Back and Hip Pain. National Orthopaedic Conference, London.
I am a founding member of the EnCORE Research, Arthro-Biologix, and Pelvic Health Research Collaborative. My research interests include innovative practice models in physiotherapy, Regenerative Orthopaedic Medicine (i.e., therapeutic ultrasound-guided injections), pelvic health screening in hip and spine patients, and the use of therapeutic devices to manage MSK conditions.
Invited as an expert reviewer for peer-reviewed publications, industry practice resources, and expert panels. The role of a reviewer is to maintain the high standards of a journal. Giving direction for excellence in clinical science and reasoning, knowledge translation, patient-centred care, and therapeutic skills.
I have been an invited speaker at over 50 physiotherapy, rehabilitation and orthopaedic medicine conferences in Canada and internationally. I am invited by industry partners to speak on expert panels and educational events. I am a lecturer at 4 physiotherapy schools in Canada with expertise in evolving models of care, health system reform, leadership, business and practice management, entrepreneurship, and patient experience.
Let Me Explain How My Consultation Works
Do you still have symptoms, and struggle with pain?
Here’s how my consultation works...
- I complete a thorough review of your medical history, ask you questions about your health journey, complete relevant and appropriate physical tests, and incorporate standardized outcome measurement (Patient-Reported Outcome Measures, Functional Tests)
- I use my advanced formal education and training beyond entry to practice degree to integrate advanced assessment and diagnostic skills to discuss treatment options and come up with a plan to help you.
- I interact effectively with individuals of all backgrounds and orientations to support you in making informed choices for your health.
- I ensure you have maximized all forms of conservative management, both rehab and medical, as well as openly discuss surgical options.
- Many patients have complex medical presentations that require multi-modal management. I apply my critical thinking and analysis to guide decision-making to make appropriate referrals to other health care professionals that can support you.
- When necessary, I will liaise with Neurosurgeon and Orthopaedic Surgeons, other outpatient team members and specialists to better serve you.
- I prepare a consultation report for your family doctor and specialist(s) to provide detailed information about your condition and recommendations. The intention is to share pertinent information that can increase your access to specialist care and maximize the productivity of your health care team.
- I will answer your questions, and provide a clear plan of action before you leave my office
- I often coach and mentor other therapists, students and physicians who may participate in your consultation.
- You will experience a welcoming and professional clinical interaction to mitigate any feelings of anxiety and vulnerability, and improve your overall health care experience.
(Disclaimer: my consultation doesn't fast track you to surgery, but I do send my report to the surgeon for clinical justification)
Teaching therapists how to perform an advanced assessment technique on a hip course.
Frequently Asked Questions
No doubt you will have many questions for me. I have made an attempt to anticipate some of them. If you have any queries that fall outside of the below FAQ, please do not hesitate to contact me through this site. Myself, or my administrative assistant will get back to you within 48 business hours.
How long will it take to get an appointment?
I only have a limited number of appointments available each month. The wait time could be 4-6 weeks depending if you request an in-person or a virtual consultation.
Is your fee covered by insurance?
Physiotherapy is covered by most health care plans. Typically health plans cover all or a portion of the cost for my service.
Do I accept WSIB and MVA cases?
Yes, I do see patients who have been injured in an motor vehicle accident or work-related incident. However, my regular fees apply - I do not invoice the WSIB and MVA rates.
Do I have to attend in person if I live far from Hamilton?
No. I use video assessments to diagnose conditions and provide treatment options for my patients. The future of healthcare is virtual and I am pleased to offer it today.
I already have a physiotherapist, why do I have to see you?
I do not replace your current physiotherapist. With my training, many physicians refer to me to seek my advice on your case. I actually work collaboratively with you and your current therapist(s) to offer other/additional treatment options and recommendations.
How long will our session be?
An in-person initial consultation is 45-60 minutes in duration. It is recommended that you arrive 15-minutes prior to the appointment to complete the necessary paperwork (if not submitted prior). A follow-up session is 30-45 minutes.
A TeleRehab consultation will be approximately 30-minutes. It is recommended that you log on 5-minutes prior to your session and submit your paperwork ahead of time.
Do I need a doctor's referral to see you?
No, a doctor’s referral is not necessary to see a Physiotherapist in Ontario. However, a small number of health insurance providers may ask you for a doctor’s referral to get reimbursed. Please enquire with your health insurance provider to be sure.
What do I need to do before my appointment?
To optimize your time with me, I recommend that you download and submit the completed intake forms prior to your appointment.
What is you Cancellation Policy?
I ask that you give at least 48 hours notice when cancelling an appointment. This will allow me to fill your spot with patients that are on the waiting list. A cancellation fee may apply within 48 hours.
An Insurance Policy For You
If you are not sure if I can help you, please click the button below and complete the request form. You will be prompted to submit the following information:
- Patient-Reported Outcome Measures
- Progress reports from your physiotherapist, chiropractor or massage therapist (if applicable).
- Diagnostic Imaging Reports.
I will review your documentation prior to contacting you to ensure I am able to offer you a valuable service. You can submit your documents ‘24-7’ by clicking the green button below.
Don't let hip or spine pain stop you from enjoying life!
Here's What To Do Next
Thank you for taking the time to learn about me. If you think I can help and you'd be a good fit for my consulting service, then please click the green button below and submit your request.
I look forward to reviewing your case and the possibility of working with you.