The Globe and Mail’s Health Advisor column presents an interesting idea. What if you visit your physiotherapist before getting injured as a way to prevent future pain and suffering? We see the dentist every six months to prevent unwanted dental problems. So why not do the same for our orthopaedic health?

It’s a concept called “prehabilitation,” and it’s gaining traction in sports and in pre-employment screening.

The process involves working with a physiotherapist to identify risk factors that might make you a prime candidate for common injuries.

It’s like gazing into a crystal ball to predict injuries before they happen, says physiotherapist Justin Vanderleest.