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About Physio For Surgery

“We Make Fast Recovery And Pro-Level Performance After Surgery Possible For Every Body – Sometimes Preventing Surgery Altogether. So, You Can Stop Worrying And Focus On A Fit And Healthy Future”

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Do you ever wonder how athletes and sports players get back in the game so quickly after serious injury, a major accident, or radical surgery?

  • Connor Mcdavid had torn Ligaments, cracked bones and damaged cartilage and lead the NHL when he scored 105 points in 56 games the following season.
  • Andre de Grasse famously overcame Achilles' surgery and a torn hamstring to get back on the track and become a Canadian record-breaker.
  • Serena Williams was back slamming balls at the French Open eight months after giving birth to her daughter by emergency c-section.
  • And Mark McMorris went from collapsed lung, ruptured spleen, and “shattered” pelvis in a snowboarding accident to coming home with an Olympic Medal from the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics.

How is that possible? Some of these athletes seem even stronger and can run faster than they did before after serious collisions, major surgeries, and devastating injuries. What’s their secret?”

We hate to break it to you. They’ve got grit. But they’re not superhuman. Their surgeons and first responders play a pivotal role. Of course, we'd be lying if we said being in peak physical fitness didn't help too. But the magic behind their recovery and lightspeed return to form is what happens in rehab.

In athletic therapy circles, however, it's not magic. We know that the speed of their recovery and post-surgery fitness comes down to two things; The knowledge and skill of their physiotherapist and access to cutting-edge tech and physiotherapy equipment. It’s that simple.

At Physio For Surgery, we make pro-level treatment accessible to you, so you can achieve all of your goals safer and sooner. So you can get back on your bike, play tennis with your girlfriends or just beat your buddy at Golf again after surgery (or without surgery at all).

You don't even have to be a famous sports star or Olympic athlete.

Anything is possible with the right team behind you.


Founded by Nick Halkidis

Nicholas Halkidis

21st Century Rehab Specialist: Athletic Therapist, Registered Massage Therapist and Certified Medical Acupuncturist.

Nick Halkidis: Builds Bodies Back Better

Nick’s interest in the human body piqued when he took an exercise physiology course as an aspiring young athlete in the twelfth grade. But at that age, Nick’s heart was set on becoming a professional Hockey player – his talent a fitting match for his big ambitions. But fate had other ideas, and he was “stretchered off” that path when injuries derailed him from a promising career as a hockey pro.

At this point, he was nothing more than a “hoser” (or so he believed) – with his long-held aspirations for professional sport in the trash.

But during those dark early days of accepting that life wasn't going to pan out as he planned, Nick flipped adversity on its head and turned it into an opportunity. He channelled his anger and disappointment into a personal quest. His mission was to learn about the human body - how and why things go wrong and what to do about it when they do.

At this point, he was hell-bent on making sure no one's dreams of becoming a professional athlete ended from injuries as his did.

- He studied Kinesiology & Athletic Therapy on the #1 Kinesiology Program in Canada, at York University – finishing top of his class and winning "Student Athletic Therapist of The Year." 

- He attained a degree in Massage Therapy at the Royal Canadian College of Massage Therapy and gained his official license to work with patients that same summer. 

But Nick didn’t stop there. He went on to study acupuncture on the prestigious McMaster Contemporary Medical Acupuncture Program. Before working as an Athletic Therapist specializing in Chronic Pain in Newmarket. Currently, Nick is working with Team Canada Junior National Baseball Team. He was also lucky enough to spend time working with the "Hamilton Tiger-Cats" and five years working for a Sports Medicine Clinic in Markham before deciding on a full-time career in private practice.

Hello, Physio For Surgery.

Nick opened Physio For Surgery to take cutting-edge technology off the sports field and make it accessible to health-conscious Canadians in the GTA. Patients who want superior results from pre-planned surgeries and get back on their feet (and back to their lives) faster.


Why Choose Us?

Everything Nick and the team does is evidence-based. From the Anti-gravity treadmill and the Game Ready Met4 Elite to Blood Flow Restriction. It’s all scientifically proven to enable superhuman-style recovery for the average Canadian - so you can recover as fast as the pros.

Nick LOVES Helping People.

He listens. He explains what's going on in a down-to-earth manner – answering all your questions without unnecessary jargon or BS.
You can lean on him and the team at Physio For Surgery and trust us to get you the best possible results.

Plus, there's free WIFI, coffee and great chat free with every appointment. I mean, it's hard to get Nick to shut up about physiotherapy, optimal health, and the latest tech once he starts, eh?
But you won't find a more up-to-date and passionate Athletic Therapist anywhere in Canada. That’s for sure.

If you would like to know how the physiotherapy team at PHYSIO FOR SURGERY can help you prevent surgery or recover faster when you do, we recommend take advantage of our special offer and book a completely free taster appointment at our Markham clinic.

Note: We offer this Free Discovery Session to people who are worried about surgery and not sure whether physiotherapy is right for them. So, if that sounds like you, please book a free appointment. We will put your mind at ease and explain how physiotherapy helps both before and after surgery and how it sometimes prevents the need for surgery altogether.

We Help You:

  • Find Out What’s Wrongusually within 20 minutes, even if you’ve been in pain for months, years or even decades.
  • Reduce painwe can help reduce your pain levels from the very first session. You don’t have to put up with it.
  • Prevent surgery (if possible)In many cases, we can help you avoid surgery altogether by correcting the problem and reducing your pain.
  • Prepare For surgeryby strengthening your body: bones and muscles, increasing blood flow and improving your capacity for healing.
  • Recover Faster After Surgeryusing high-tech equipment and more effective hands-on physiotherapy and therapeutic exercise.

If you want to know what it costs - and what availability we have at our physiotherapy clinic in MARKHAM, please click the button below and complete the short form:


“Here Are 3 People We’ve Helped Recently

Please enjoy these reviews of other people just like you who came to see the Physiotherapy Team at Physio For Surgery - and left much healthier and happier within just a couple of weeks:

Really enjoyed my experience at Physio For Surgery, they definitely exceeded my expectations. Nick is the best physiotherapist I've worked with. Two thumbs up for their front office (Amber!) as well.
Jimmy Leung
Jimmy Leung
23:26 29 Sep 22
Very clean. The staff is very professional and know what they are doing. Went for about two months for an injury on my shoulder (an alternate to surgery) and it’s all better now.
Nina Luciano
Nina Luciano
18:45 02 Sep 22
Excellent range of therapy and sophisticated, state of the art equipment where needed. Knowledgeable and thorough. Pleasant atmosphere and staff all around!
Graham Smith
Graham Smith
17:18 01 Sep 22
Jakob Vandervoet
Jakob Vandervoet
17:51 26 Aug 22
Nick is highly recommended! He has been a great help preparing us for my daughters ACL surgery he’s been very knowledgeable trustworthy and responsive so glad we have him on our team helping with the long road to recovery!
Janice Murray
Janice Murray
20:26 19 Aug 22
Nick breaks it down so you understand what’s going on. He cares, he wants to make a difference. At the end of the day, his main concern is his patients well being, and it’s really clear. Thanks Nick!
Lior Dobkin
Lior Dobkin
12:25 19 Aug 22
I came in for my knee and shoulder pain. Angelo and Nick took care of me. They had really cool anti-gravity treadmill which helped me able to walked with less pain. Then they used a hot and cold machine on my shoulder which was very comfortable. I highly recommend them if you have any pain related to injury. They are also the coolest guy!
Kenny Yan
Kenny Yan
00:05 19 Aug 22
Ok so when I came to Nick I had an excruciating pain in my lower back. Today, I’ve done 4 sessions with Nick and I have to say that I have been feeling a lot better recently. Nick does magic with his hands and I’m very hopeful of recovering to 100% after a few more sessions. Also, I’ve seen other physiotherapists so I can vouch that Nick is someone who listens, understand the problem and focuses with all possible techniques to solve that problem. Great guy with great knowledge of human body and and state of the art machines!! Highly recommended!!
Gaurav Mehta
Gaurav Mehta
00:43 18 Aug 22
My family and I are truly appreciate the care/treatment has provided to us. Nick is extremely knowledgeable and takes great pride in his services - it truly shows in the results that we have achieved. Many thanks to Nick and his wonderful staff!
Shirlene Charles
Shirlene Charles
00:26 15 Aug 22
After years of physio for different issues back, shoulder, neck hip.... "Physio For Surgery" was a refreshing approach addressing issues with state of the art equipment, but most importantly with an amazing staff of people who have your health interest as top priority. With Nick, the owner, hands on...positive attitude with a modern fresh approach to Healthcare...a true change from all the other places out there that treat you as a number. Nick is truly dedicated to make sure you recover from your injury and back to your normal activities . Optimum health care.
carmela chow
carmela chow
12:44 13 Aug 22
Kordell Charles
Kordell Charles
22:17 12 Aug 22
I was visiting Toronto for 6 weeks and was looking for a physiotherapist to treat my knee pain that had been bothering me for about 6 months. The pain had been disrupting my working life and the active lifestyle I once had. Nick was able to explain to me clearly what the cause of the pain was and his treatment plan. He was an empathetic listener, sensitive to both the physical and psychological symptoms I had due to chronic pain.What also made Nick unique from other physiotherapists I had in the past was for the home exercises, he provided access to both exercise equipment and an innovative tech tool, so I could do the rehabilitation exercises correctly.He was always open to feedback and I was able to communicate with him between sessions on how the exercises were going.Due to my short stay in Toronto, I’d say I’m 80-90% recovered. I feel that with the knowledge and tools that Nick has provided me that FULL recovery is finally within my grasp.
Angela Ngan
Angela Ngan
23:45 10 Aug 22
Physio for surgery is great. Brandon is very helpful and knowledgeable. I’ve been to other physio places in the past, and this has been my best experience thus far!
jeff cindy
jeff cindy
22:39 10 Aug 22
One treatment made such a difference I am so thankful for the knowledge and equipment I was given
garry Fitzpatrick
garry Fitzpatrick
15:49 09 Aug 22
I have been coming for several weeks now and have noticed remarkable progress in the rehabilitation of my shoulder. I owe it all to Nick who has helped me regain mobility in my shoulder which has allowed me to slowly get return to my normal day to day life without issue.
Anthony Picheca
Anthony Picheca
14:24 08 Aug 22
Nick is terrific. Very knowledgeable. He explains the nature and purpose of each treatment during your visit and I especially enjoy talking to him about a variety of topics while he treats me. I have no hesitation whatosever recommending Nick. He is first rate.
Cosimo A. Crupi
Cosimo A. Crupi
17:15 07 Aug 22
I would recommend Physio for Surgery to anyone who is looking a place who’s staff is very knowledgeable, thorough and pleasant. .Nick is amazing. He was able to immediately identify my back issue and get me on my way to recovery.5 stars all the way!
Fernando Crupi
Fernando Crupi
02:08 06 Aug 22
Nick is great!
Rev F
Rev F
21:23 05 Aug 22
Nick runs a fantastic physio clinic. Highly recommend consulting with him and his staff so that they can assess you and provide the best course of action for your injury.
Satbir Suri
Satbir Suri
20:59 05 Aug 22
Referred by a friend, I don't mind making the trip to see someone who is qualified and know what they are doing. I've been in to see Nick for my back and did not hesitate to go back when I twisted my knee and needed to see a physiotherapist/athletic therapist. I also like that the staff is friendly and the place is kept clean.
Audrey T
Audrey T
20:00 05 Aug 22
This clinic is an amazing first choice for any sort of issues you may be having with your body. Nick and Angelo are a lot of fun to be around as well as Nick providing the best care you can get. With his variety of hands-on skills, and equipment he has available, your recovery and healing is very thorough and speedy. Zero complaints and highly recommended!
Avery Chin
Avery Chin
01:32 12 May 22
Nick is very knowledgeable and helpful . Highly recommended!!
A G
A G
00:27 12 May 22
Tina B
Tina B
03:58 11 May 22
Nick was recommended to us by other parents whom kids also have sustained sport related injuries. I am glad we found Nick, he is experienced in working with athletes and my teenage daughter is actually adhering to the exercise and treatment plan. The clinic has flexible hours and quick to respond to any questions.
Marianne Ng
Marianne Ng
12:28 09 May 22
Nick helped me with my lower back pain, completely and efficiently. He provided different therapies and exercises for improvement and prevention. Within a short period of time, I had normal function again and it was all thanks to Nick. I will also add that Nick is incredibly friendly and easy to chat with. He never kept me waiting and really cares about his clients. If I suffer from back pain again, I will go to Nick.
Courtney West
Courtney West
12:12 09 May 22
dmtg theo
dmtg theo
19:22 06 May 22
I found Nick through an Ad in paper & he has exceeded my expectations. He is a very caring & knowledgeable Physiotherapist & goes above & beyond to get you back on track. His equipment is top of the line & helping greatly with my recovery after knee surgery. Thank you Nick for all the caring & attentive treatments.
Joseph Darragh
Joseph Darragh
16:53 04 May 22
I'm so delighted to be able to make my injury heal faster and meet someone like Nick. Nick is not only tremendously fantastic at what he does, but he also is very kind-hearted. He is able to make me feel like I'm at home(which is very hard for me) and he treated my injured shoulder very well. My shoulder was hurting for already 2 weeks and when I went to Physio For Surgery, I felt much better after just going for about 3 weeks. The facility is also excellent, clean, and extremely well-organized. Nick and his other staff members were so friendly and thoughtful because they always let me watch any movie I wanted to. I loved watching the Harry Potter 20th Anniversary movie and Miss. Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. It was such a great experience that I kind of still want to keep going there every week despite being almost fully treated ;). I also would like to say that I've gone back to my normal swimming schedule without having as much pain in my shoulders anymore and I am returning to my swimming competitions as well. Thanks for everything you've done Nick, you definitely deserved this 5 star! I'd highly recommend this for anyone!
Karen Li
Karen Li
01:29 04 May 22
Nick is a passionate individual who really helped me get past my wrist injury. Best one in town!
Stuart Siu
Stuart Siu
17:07 02 May 22
Best Physo in Markham
Elizabeth Tosun
Elizabeth Tosun
11:11 28 Apr 22
One of the best physios out there.. Nick is clear & concise, creates an action plan to address your needs & delivers on his promises. He is exceptionally knowledgeable , not afraid to tell you he doesn’t know & will research to find the root of the problem. His clinic is well equipped & very clean. Make sure to ask him for a coffee, even that does not disappoint! Will definitely refer anyone who is in need!
Elita S
Elita S
17:47 25 Apr 22
Great team who are always so efficient in addressing the immediate issue and providing detailed knowledge on how to manage the issue moving forward. We worked with Nick in his previous place of business and when my daughter's soccer injury resurfaced, we searched for Nick specifically to address her new injuries!
Murtaza Tawawala
Murtaza Tawawala
12:56 25 Apr 22
My son had hip pain, and he couldn't train as before. So we went to see Nick. For the initial visit, Nick spent a lot of time examining my son. He was very patient with us, explained the reasons for my son's pain and then gave him exercises to do at home. The clinic has very modern equipment, and the staff is friendly. Appointments are scheduled at times convenient to the patients. The clinic is open late, making it easier for me to go after work. Nick has helped my son to get better in just a few weeks. I would recommend Physio for Surgery to all my friends.Thank you, Nick, for helping my son!!!
Annie Kostadinova
Annie Kostadinova
20:31 23 Apr 22
We have had the best experience with Nick. His facility is top notch, and he has helped my daughter regain much strength and confidence after her ankle surgery. He is professional and also takes the time to get to know his patients and what their goals are.
Gwen Collier
Gwen Collier
01:55 20 Apr 22
I have a problem that really can never be fixed however Nick has worked very hard to just make my quality of life better and it is greatly appreciated.
wayne Lord
wayne Lord
23:49 18 Apr 22
I had a frozen shoulder for months. I am glad to have Nick's treatments to relieve my pain. Now, I can put up my right arm. Nick, thank you so much.
Samson Samson
Samson Samson
12:10 18 Apr 22
Nick is a fun and dedicated Athletic Therapist/Massage Therapist. His clinic has all the latest machines to help you get back from your injuries. I had problems with my knee and lower back from soccer and hockey and he used the latest Game Ready machine to help me heal faster.
Jackal Ngai
Jackal Ngai
03:06 16 Apr 22
I consulted with Nick on my knee pain. He was knowledgeable in understanding the Ultrasound and x-ray. His treatment and exercise program are very helpful. Moreso His clinic is spotless
Sachie Ramnauth
Sachie Ramnauth
21:45 10 Apr 22
I came into Nick’s clinic following a motor vehicle accident where another driver who was texting and driving had rear ended me at a stop light. This was about 4 years ago. While other clinics had worked on my recovery and my insurance and other clinicians had fairly much said that they had done as much as they could do for me, I was still quite injured and had not fully returned to my sports nor activities. I came into Nick’s clinic following some research and through the initial assessment I knew that he knew what he was doing. Nick is very passionate about his work and cares for his patients’ recovery . Because of my MVA, I get light massages and some alternative treatment. I was very skeptical at first about the alternative Eastern treatment but now that I’m about 5 sessions in, I would say there is a remarkable difference that regular treatment couldn’t target. I trust after some more treatments, the remaining bit of my injuries will be much better. At the very least, for now, I notice even further improvement in my back. I certainly recommend Nick as an RMT and the other specializations he is knowledgeable in.
Patrick Tong
Patrick Tong
18:43 10 Apr 22
This facility is state of the art! They can quickly narrow down what the root of your ailment and have a multitude of methods to quickly get you back to your full potential. Nick is always thinking about next great thing in treatment. Highly recommended!
Irfan Khan
Irfan Khan
16:42 10 Apr 22
Caitlin Colley
Caitlin Colley
18:14 08 Apr 22
You are in the best hands with Nick. He has worked with both myself and my daughter and I've told everyone about him. He is extremely knowledgeable, articulate and results-focused. Every experience is a positive one. I am always confident he is going to get to the heart of the issue and take good care of us. Highly recommend.
Gina Hatzis Too Much Woman
Gina Hatzis Too Much Woman
17:49 15 Mar 22
My experience at Physio for Surgery has been amazing! Nick has helped a back injury of mine that has been lingering for years and I am finally seeing that pain go away. The environment is great and very clean. All tables are wiped down after each use. Nick is extremely helpful and knowledgeable.
Vanessa Santolin
Vanessa Santolin
15:14 14 Mar 22
Nick is great and always takes care of his clients! I highly recommend him and his clinic!
Anicio Difozo
Anicio Difozo
02:13 10 Mar 22
I had problems with my tennis elbow as I couldn't even shoot a puck or swing a golf club. Nick was incredible and my elbow is back to normal again! His attentiveness and professionalism was vital in getting me back to 100% and I would recommend him to anybody. Thanks Nick!
Ryan
Ryan
01:18 10 Mar 22
Lou Artale
Lou Artale
01:04 10 Mar 22
quinten12k
quinten12k
18:39 28 Feb 22
I am very happy I found Physio for Surgery! Have been suffering from frozen shoulder for almost 2 years without much improvement. Here, Nick does dedicate time to treat you and not just leave you with a bunch of machines and assistants as I have experienced in other places. 1 month later, I almost have no pain and quickly progressing in my range of motion.
Isabel Rangel
Isabel Rangel
13:09 24 Feb 22
Zaid Sara
Zaid Sara
01:57 24 Feb 22
I injured my shoulder while working out and After just 1 visit to Physio for Surgery I saw major improvement. The hot and cold treatment that was applied was very effective. 1 additional follow up appointment and I was back to working out as normal. I highly recommend Nick.
Robin Giroux
Robin Giroux
02:06 19 Feb 22