Training & Qualifications
Peter Sidhu graduated in 2014 with a Master’s of Physical Therapy from the University of Manitoba. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree, with a major in genetics, cell biology and economics. On top of his university qualifications, he has completed post-graduate training in:
- Orthopedic physiotherapy (Canadian Physiotherapy Association, Orthopedic Division Level II Upper & Lower, Level III Upper),
- Acupuncture (Acupuncture Canada),
- Relieving jaw pain & dysfunction,
- Feldenkrais Method, and
- Treating shoulders (Pan Am Shoulder Symposium).
“A detailed assessment and proper patient education are the foundation of my approach,” says Peter. “I make sure my patients have a thorough understanding of how their body functions and what’s causing their pain or dysfunction.
“I see each new patient as a unique individual and customize each treatment to fit their needs.
“I’m also a big advocate of prevention. That means I screen for movement and strength limitations, and work to address them before they start affecting the person’s daily life.”
Unique Service Offerings
Peter has a strong focus on making physiotherapy programs practical. “My main goal is to create a home rehab program that fits with people’s busy schedules,” says Peter. “I find rehabilitation exercises that can be done anywhere and with minimal equipment. And for the patients with more advanced exercise or sport specific goals, I’m happy to tailor their program to meet their needs.”
Peter is one of the few physiotherapists in Winnipeg who can provide treatment in Punjabi, as well as in English.
More About Peter
Tell us the story of why you became a physiotherapist.
“Growing up I loved to be active. I spent as much time outside as I could, playing basketball, hiking and exploring. This gave me a strong understanding of the importance of physical activity, and the importance of properly rehabilitating injuries.”
What do you like about being a physiotherapist?
“I get paid to help people reduce pain, become more active and achieve a better quality of life. What career could be better than that? Plus, I get to meet people from all walks of life and all corners of the planet. No two days are ever the same, and I love that.”
What are some compliments you’ve received from patients?
“Patients constantly thank me for explaining why they’re experiencing pain and how their body works. I’ve been told that my use of anatomy models, videos and textbook illustrations shows how much I care about my patients’ recovery.”
What’s your favourite thing to do at work?
“I love meeting new people and working through the assessment process to make a diagnosis. To me, the best part of my job is that each person has a unique history, and even if their diagnosis is similar, they require a personalized approach. No two injuries are ever the same, and that keeps work interesting!”
Are there any particular clinical challenges you’re passionate about solving?
“Definitely prevention. I feel that with the right education and instruction early on, people could prevent most of their pain and injuries. I would love to find a way to reach out to people early and teach them the appropriate steps to take.”
Is there a clinical area you’re particularly interested in?
“I’m always prepared to assess and treat any area of the body. But I have a special interest in treating headaches, shoulder conditions, and neck pain.
"In addition to treating nerve, joint, or muscle conditions, I also have a strong interest in treating neurological conditions such as Parkinsons, Multiple Sclerosis, and traumatic brain injuries. I love that my job allows me to provide both orthopedic and neuro rehabilitation services.”
What do you like to do in your spare time?
“In my spare time I get outdoors as much as I can. I grew up in a small country town in B.C., and being out in nature gives me a healthy balance to living in the city.
“While I do enjoy going out to eat, and watching the Jets and the Bombers, in my spare time you’ll usually find me at home cooking or out of the city exploring.”
Do you have any strong skills outside of physiotherapy?
“Cooking, computers, and renovation or handy work. And does sleeping count?”
What’s something that few people know about you?
“That I’m fascinated with Bonsai trees. I plan to visit Japan one day, stuff myself with sushi and learn more about them.”
What do you love about Winnipeg?
“The people and the sunshine! Since I’m originally from B.C., and I lived in Vancouver for years, I can confidently say I’ll take sunshine and snow over constant grey skies any day. Though if you ask me mid-February, I may deny that.”
Photo credit: David Lipnowski Photography