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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:

Excellent physio for over worked muscles and joints due to intense training for athletes who are going on to the next level. Nick and staff are excellent and have the know how to treat pain!!
anthony colangelo
anthony colangelo
05:01 30 Nov 22
I found Nick through a referral and was pleased to have options that were not available at other therapists. Nick was able to diagnose my issue and am currently receiving therapy, so far so good.
John Roberts
John Roberts
19:11 28 Nov 22
Jason Wei
Jason Wei
16:09 27 Nov 22
I searched for a great physio treatment clinic and I finally found it!Physio for Surgery is highly focused on individual one on one treatment.Staff is positive and skilled, the clinic is clean and organized and the energy and care is amazing!Lucy
Lucy Adams
Lucy Adams
22:15 26 Nov 22
I have had sciatica for 26 years with a numbness in my leg and foot. I had 4 treatment with Nike and I am feeling a lot better.Thank Nike and Amber.
Audrey MacDonald
Audrey MacDonald
15:45 26 Nov 22
Great atmosphere, Dr.Nick is a good communicator with expert knowledge of his clients needs (and he likes golf as well :))Amber is an excellent assistant with great quotes of the week quiz's
Paul Feldman
Paul Feldman
18:33 25 Nov 22
Great and friendly staff. Brandon has done a great job getting me back to health with my various aches and pains. Love the new equipment used with the various therapies.
Vincent Lee
Vincent Lee
17:02 25 Nov 22
Nick is great! Best spot in the GTA!
M L
M L
01:33 14 Nov 22
Rose Judar
Rose Judar
23:20 10 Nov 22
Nick has been a huge help to get my knee back into better shape. I was impressed by his quick and correct diagnosis of the issue with my knee and sending to the correct places for excellent quality of care for the MRI and especially the surgery. The appointments for the MRI and surgery were very quick that it surprised my family doctor. I know that I would not be where I am without Nick’s help. Thank you.
S C
S C
15:14 07 Nov 22
10/10 A very welcoming place, employees are wonderful and friendly.They are flexible with scheduling.Brandon is a great physiotherapist always following up with my progress, providing manageable exercises and treatments to improve my mobility for my sprained ankle. Nothing more I can ask forThanks 🙂
B L
B L
15:19 25 Oct 22
Nick is amazing!I never really had great results with previous physiotherapists, but Nick has changed that. I’ve seen a difference in such a short amount of time with respect to my injuries over the years and the therapy he has given me has so far released some of the pain that I have had for quite some time. He has truly been a blessing and will continue going to Nick for sessions. I would definitely recommend!A bonus - the others who work there are also wonderful people! Great environment.
Rekisha and Alex Anchundia
Rekisha and Alex Anchundia
12:08 25 Oct 22
For treatment to be successful, consistency is key. Multiple sessions coupled with performing the exercises provided by the physiotherapist.I began attending Physio for Surgery due to a shoulder issue. The initial assessment was done thoroughly and right away I was given exercises. Over the next couple of weeks, I had several sessions and made sure to do the exercises given to me. Needless to say, my shoulder feels much better!Thank you Amber, Brandon, and Señor Nick!
Brett Adams
Brett Adams
22:33 18 Oct 22
My son had a shoulder injury from pitching over the summer. Nick got him in immediately, made an effort to work with our baseball schedule, gave effective treatment, and then often added on additional time on some of the latest machines/equipment he has there to continue the effects of his own work. He sent us home with exercises that changed week by week and followed up with us via email regularly. We felt like he was invested in my son and his recovery much more than other places we have been to. Would highly recommend Physio for Surgery. We had a great experience and achieved the results we were hoping for.
Maaja Kukla
Maaja Kukla
15:59 18 Oct 22
I went to Brandon here for knee pain from running. I had a fantastic experience here. Brandon was very thorough in his assessment. It was my first time doing physio but Brandon and team were great at making me feel comfortable and ensuring I understood everything we were doing. Within 5 sessions my pain was completely gone and I was able to participate in all the high intensity exercise (running, swimming) that I was interested in! Definitely will be coming back in the future for any other needs. 11/10 would recommend!
Sammi Zhao
Sammi Zhao
16:11 17 Oct 22
After having a complete knee replacement on the horizon, I knew I was in store for a lot of work to get back to any level of knee normalcy.With a challenging road in front of me, before surgery I started to look for a physiotherapist, and a clinic to work with me and together, take care of my rehab.I spoke to many different clinics, but I didn't feel my recovery would have been smooth as it should be, UNTIL I met Nick at PHYSIO FOR SURGERY.From the moment I met Nick, I knew he was the BEST Physiotherapist I had spoken with, and best fit for me and my recovery. Nick's attention to detail and constant concern made me feel like a human patient, rather than a number and a commodity to generate cash flow for a clinic.Eleven weeks after my surgery, I am now well on my way to a total knee replacement recovery, and I can say without hesitation my recovery is largely due to everyone at Physio For Surgery working with me.If you are looking for one of the many medical recovery features, they offer........do not walk to the phone to call the office, RUN.....if you are able!
Duncan Shields
Duncan Shields
15:50 14 Oct 22
After so many different attempts in different places I am finally able to say "I feel better!", all because of the amazing and very professional team at Physio for Surgery and Nick!, from the go I felt improvement and that finally my shoulder blade problem was being properly attended/treated. All in a super atmosphere where you feel at home, spoiled (they even give you treats!) and totally relaxed.
Edgar Alvarez
Edgar Alvarez
02:03 12 Oct 22
Nick is a gem of a therapist. His knowledge, personality, patience and ability to keep his patients involved in understanding short term and long term solutions for their therapy is priceless.He is very professional and extremely attentive to your needs and for this, I am so appreciative.Nick always focuses on listening to you and your concerns and educates you on how to heal and strengthen your body over time.He’s super knowledgeable and makes you feel extremely comfortable. I highly recommend if you are looking for your pain to go away, “Physio for Surgery” is the way to go! Thanks Nick!
Mimi Bungaro
Mimi Bungaro
23:39 11 Oct 22
I was recommended Physio for Surgery in September 2022 from a fitness coach when I started experiencing some hip and back discomfort. I was very comfortable in the treatment plan given to me by the team and after 2 short months I was able to do things again like tie my shoes and bend without the pain. Brandon, Nick and the whole team at Physio for surgery were so helpful. My son also receives treatment for a soccer injury and is back to playing.
lisa dyer
lisa dyer
22:37 11 Oct 22
I highly recommend Physio for Surgery. I called on a Sunday asking for support for a knee injury. Nick immediately picked up and booked me for a consult within 2 days. I am feeling almost 100% better and have avoided a surgery. Nick and his team are professional, caring and knowledgeable. I give Physio for Surgery 5 stars and would recommend it to friends and colleagues.
roula hawa
roula hawa
21:12 11 Oct 22
Wonderful place for physiotherapy! Brandon and Nick are professional and knowledgeable, supporting staff Amber is friendly and caring. I've been to a dozen physio clinics but I'm using the Anti-Gravity Treadmill and the Game Ready Machine for the first time, great equipments.
Claire Deng
Claire Deng
14:18 11 Oct 22
Nick and the team are fantastic. They have helped my kids overcome a few injuries.A great friendly environment.
Danny Machkovski
Danny Machkovski
13:05 11 Oct 22
Nick is friendly, knowledgeable, and an absolute professional. I felt well taken care of throughout my visit and it was very helpful to receive pictures of the stretches and exercises I should be doing at home.
Duncan Kwan
Duncan Kwan
12:56 11 Oct 22
Nick and his team at Physio for Surgery are very welcoming, knowledgeable, and have the right resources for pain management and recovery. Nick’s focused treatment and exercise plan for my lower back have been working well and I highly recommend his services. Thank you!- Suraj
Shiv Kumar
Shiv Kumar
12:26 11 Oct 22
Happy that Nick has finally opened up his own clinic in Markham which happens to be closer to my house which is an added bonus. I have been many places throughout the years for physio but since meeting Nick he is the only person I see when my body is breaking down on me and needs treatment.
Paul Loughrey
Paul Loughrey
19:16 07 Oct 22
Thanks to Nick, Brandon and Amber for all their help in getting me back in action with their support after I tore my Achilles tendon. Oh, and W-Alter as well!
Ian Yan
Ian Yan
03:08 07 Oct 22
Very happy and fortunate to have found this place!!!! I'm recovering from a hip replacement surgery after a traumatic event. Nick and Brandon are great to work with: knowledgeable, understanding, professional, patient; they listen well and adjust the treatment to my needs; they explain things clearly. Great communication. Friendly, relaxed environment. I have made huge progress while being treated here and look forward to every visit. Thank you guys! You are AWESOME!
Danute Rackus
Danute Rackus
11:04 06 Oct 22
Great staff, really trying to help you. We went here because of the antigravity treadmill to help my husband and everyone there is doing so much to get him on the treadmill. It is amazing that he can walk on there!
Eleni Calaitzis
Eleni Calaitzis
00:13 05 Oct 22
Great team! - Very knowledgeable, professional, and experienced. Definitely recommend !
Witton Leung
Witton Leung
23:25 04 Oct 22
Luisa DiLucia
Luisa DiLucia
20:13 04 Oct 22
I went to see Nick after I was experiencing pain in my knee and found out I hurt my IT band. He was able to explain the issue and the treatment plan clearly and I felt confident I was in great hands. I needed hip replacement surgery and I wish I had known where Nick was practicing because I would have started to see him after both surgeries in 2021. I have noticed my mobility has improved significantly and I look forward to getting fit again following years of pain and then surgery! Thank you so much Nick!!
Gina O'Rourke
Gina O'Rourke
16:34 04 Oct 22
Ever since finding Nick and the Physio for Surgery team my son has been in the best of hands. He had a sports injury early in the season, and between Nick and Brandon, my son was able to be back out on the field in no time at all! We continue to see Nick to ensure continued support, and optimal care as my son continues to engage in high intensity sports, and growth spurts.
Tara Merritt
Tara Merritt
15:51 04 Oct 22
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