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What is an FCAMPT physiotherapist?

Fellows of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy (FCAMPT) physiotherapists have undergone extensive post-graduate training in orthopaedic assessment and treatment.  FCAMPT is an internationally recognized designation through the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapists (IFOMPT).

To become an FCAMPT therapist, physiotherapists must enrol in a regulated curriculum consisting of extensive in-class training and mentorships.  Therapists are examined on their knowledge, clinical reasoning and assessment and treatment techniques.  They must pass several exams in order to become certified.

Diagnostic and clinical reasoning skills form a primary component of their training.  Therapists must demonstrate profound knowledge of scientific evidence and the neuromusculoskeletal system in order to achieve their designation.  FCAMPT physiotherapists are also well known for their hands-on skills.

Although it is possible to become an FCAMPT therapist through university education, many therapists choose to take courses offered through the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.  This way, it typically takes about 6 years to achieve the FCAMPT designation.

Many physiotherapists have taken courses that are part of the FCAMPT curriculum but not all physiotherapists have the FCAMPT designation.   If a therapist has taken FCAMPT courses but does not have the full designation, they may mention that they have some of the following:

  • Manual therapy levels
  • Level 1, 2, 3, 4 manual therapist (after completing level 5 and passing the exam, the FCAMPT designation is obtained)
  • Orthopaedic levels
  • Intermediate Diploma

Please note

This article is not intended to be a literature review.  While some literature may be cited in some cases, this article should not be used as scientific-evidence of a treatment or service.  Please contact your physiotherapist or other appropriate health care provider to better understand the scientific literature supporting or refuting the use of a particular treatment.