Ryan Corkal

Training & Qualifications

Ryan graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Master of Physical Therapy and a Bachelor of Kinesiology. He has experience working in both public and private practice.  On top of his university qualifications, he is also trained in:

  • Acupuncture (Acupuncture Canada)
  • Functional abilities evaluations and reconditioning programs
  • Jaw / Temporomandibular (TMJ) dysfunction treatment
  • Custom orthotics
  • Parkinson’s Disease - Exercise as Primary Treatment (Neurofit BC)
  • Orthopaedic physiotherapy (Canadian Physiotherapy Association, Orthopedic Division Level 1) 
  • Advanced foot, ankle and thoracic spine treatment techniques (Pan Am Clinic; Advanced Physical Therapy Education Institute)
  • Mulligan Manual Therapy Concept – Lower and Upper Quadrants

Ryan’s Approach

“I like to take a very active approach to rehabilitation, which always involves an exercise program that is tailored to my client’s needs and abilities,” says Ryan.  “Often, I’ll compliment an exercise program with manual therapy, which can be very effective for helping my clients achieve pain-free movement and participate in exercise.  This often includes joint mobilizations, massage, and cupping.”

Unique Service Offerings

Ryan has a keen interest in hip and knee osteoarthritis and joint replacements, and he designs and leads knee osteoarthritis classes at River East Physiotherapy.  These classes are suitable for people living with knee osteoarthritis, as well as those who are preparing for a knee replacement or recovering from knee replacement surgery. 

Ryan is also skilled at treating patients by video call.

More About Ryan

What do you like best about being a physiotherapist?

“What I like most about being a physiotherapist is being able to work with my clients to reach their goals, whether it be getting back to their sport, work or hobby. For instance, recently I found it very rewarding to help my patient work through a knee injury and be able to participate in his hockey tryouts.  I also find it very rewarding to help some of my less mobile patients with practical activities, like being able to park in a parking spot further away from their destination.  Achieving this sort of goal can help people become more confident in themselves. 

Besides this, I generally love working with people and learning new things from others.  And since Winnipeg has such a diverse population, my job allows me to learn about other people's cultures and experiences, and I'm extremely thankful for that. 

What’s it like to work at River East Physiotherapy? 

“I really enjoy the team that we have at River East, from our reception staff to our therapists. Everybody is ready to go out of their way to make sure patients’ needs are being met.  I think this creates a great environment for both the patient and the clinician.”

What’s something you’re proud of? 

“In the spring of 2019, I started group knee replacement classes.  These classes provide treatment and exercise for patients with knee osteoarthritis, including those who have undergone knee replacement surgery, or those who are preparing for this surgery. Public service funding for post-operative physiotherapy was recently cut from Winnipeg hospitals, so I thought this was a great opportunity to offer an affordable class to the River East/Kildonan area. This class gives patients a great opportunity to improve their knee function in a fun and social setting.” 

Why did you become a physiotherapist?

“I first became interested in the field of physiotherapy after going for rehab when I broke my leg in junior high. I remember thinking the job seemed like it would be very rewarding, and allow you to stay active at work. Now, I can't say that jumping off a play structure onto a trampoline was the brightest idea I've ever had, but it turned out to have a huge impact on my career path.”

What’s your favourite thing to do in your spare time?

“Anything hockey related! I love following the Winnipeg Jets and chatting about the highs and lows the team has endured over the past few years. In the winter, I often play organized recreational hockey or hockey at an outdoor rink.  Other activities I like include golfing, snowboarding, hiking, listening to a wide-array of music and going to concerts.” 

What are some compliments you’ve received from patients?

“Patients have told me I take a lot of time with them one-on-one, and that I’m very friendly and welcoming.”

Someone who knows you well would describe you as….

“Caring and compassionate. I also like to think that I am personable and easy to interact with.”

Where are you from and what’s great about it? 

“I’m from Winnipeg.  I love the people of Winnipeg and I love our lakes and outdoors – in both the summer and winter.”

Your favourite things – tell us about them. 

“My favourite book is the Da Vinci Code, and I love Seinfeld.  My favourite places are the mountains and Mexico.”

Photo credits: Cory Aronec Photography

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