Karen Tsui

Karen completed her Master’s degree in Physiotherapy at McMaster University, a postgraduate diploma at James Cook University in Australia, and a Bachelor’s degree in Science at UBC. She is the first Advanced Clinician Practitioner in Arthritis Care (ACPAC) physiotherapist in British Columbia, trained through the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine to assess, triage, and co-manage patients alongside rheumatologists and orthopedic surgeons.

Her physiotherapy experience includes working at Mary Pack Arthritis Centre, OASIS (Osteoarthritis Service Integration System), hospital surgical orthopedics and medicine wards, and in private practice physio clinics. Prior to becoming a physiotherapist she was certified as an equipment and mat Pilates instructor through a 560 hour course, and taught Pilates for 5 years in Canada and Australia in studios and physiotherapy clinics. Karen is also active in research, both as a research physiotherapist and as a member of the Arthritis Patient Advisory Board to Arthritis Research Canada.

As an arthritis patient herself, Karen understands the challenges to managing one’s health. She combines her wellness education with current research to create a holistic, patient-centred, and evidence-based approach to encourage your independence with managing your condition. Physiotherapy sessions may include:

  • Education and lifestyle management tips
  • Physical activity counselling and Pilates-based exercise prescription
  • Referral to low cost community resources, equipment, and aids
  • Hands-on treatment where appropriate (manual therapy, acupuncture)

Conditions addressed include (but not exclusively):

  • Inflammatory arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Joint replacement surgery
  • Back pain
  • Scoliosis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Hypermobility and connective tissue diseases

Did You Know?

Did You Know – Back Pain

There are many non-surgical treatments for mechanical back pain.  ARTUS has expertise in this area.

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Did You Know – Ankylosing spondylitis

Ankylosing spondylitis causes back inflammation, often in young, healthy men.  New treatment options can make this condition very manageable.

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Did You Know – Myositis

Myositis is a rare disease of the muscle that causes weakness.  ARTUS doctors are experts in treating this condition.

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Did You Know – Gout

Gout is a common form of arthritis that can be extremely painful. ARTUS doctors can help prevent further flares.

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Did You Know – Vasculitis

Vasculitis is a form of blood vessel inflammation that often needs urgent treatment.

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Did You Know – Arthritis

Patients with skin psoriasis can get inflammation in their joints.  ARTUS can help.

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Did You Know – Meet Our Team

The ARTUS team involves multidisciplinary care with rheumatology doctors, nurses and physiotherapy.

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Did You Know – osteoporosis

If you have broken a hip, ARTUS osteoporosis specialists can help prevent further bone loss.

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Did You Know – Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis can affect people at any age, often young women.  ARTUS doctors can help manage this condition.

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Did You Know – IV

Many arthritis medications must be given through an IV.  The ARTUS team will make your experience a pleasant one.

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