Physiotherapy - $105 for the initial treatment and $95 for subsequent treatments.
Acupuncture -Fees depend on practitioner and treatement times. Please refer to the Jane App through our APPOINTMENTS link.
For patients covered under Premium Assistance with MSP (annual income less than $30,000), MSP covers $23 of your appointment cost up to 10 visits.
No. We are no longer taking Worksafe claims.
Yes. You need to contact ICBC before making your first appointment. On your first appointment, we will ask for your date of accident and the contact info of your ICBC adjuster along with your claim number.
We can direct bill to most extended health insurance companies. Please call our receptionist during office hours ahead of your appointment to find out if your insurance company is one we bill to.
Extended Health - We can now direct bill to most extended health insurance companies. Please bring in your benefits card (with plan and ID #) so we can help organize your coverage. For Veterans and RCMP, we bill Blue Cross directly - please note treatment must be authorized prior to your initial appointment and a Doctor's referral is required.
MSP (Premium assistance) - MSP patients whose annual household income is less than $30,000 are covered for 10 visits total to all allied health services (Physiotherapy, Massage, Chiropractor, Acupuncture, Naturopath, and Podiatrist). MSP covers $23 of the visit and patients are asked to pay ther remaining fee.
ICBC - The number of approved visits varies, and the amount varies depending on modality. Patients are responsible for any outstanding amounts that ICBC does not cover.
If you receive acupuncture as part of your physiotherapy treatment, it is not considered stand-alone acupuncture and must be claimed under physiotherapy. However, if you receive acupuncture from one of our Registered Acupuncturists, you will be able to claim your treatment under acupuncture.
During your first physiotherapist visit you can expect the following:
- Arrive at your appointment with your paperwork completed (you can download it from our website) or arrive 10-15 minutes early to complete your intake form.
- No doctor referral is required for private pay patients (not ICBC). But, for ICBC we need your Claim number, Personal Health Numbers and a Dr referral.
- You will be seen for the initial evaluation by the therapist.
- The therapist will discuss the following:
- Your medical history.
- Your current problems/complaints.
- Pain intensity, what aggravates and eases the problem.
- How this is impacting your daily activities or your functional limitations.
- Your goals with physiotherapy.
- Medications, tests, and procedures related to your health.
- The physiotherapist will then perform the objective evaluation which may include some of the following:
- Palpation - touching around the area of the pain/problem. This is done to check for the presence of tenderness, swelling, soft tissue integrity, tissue temperature, inflammation, etc.
- Range of Motion (ROM) - the therapist will move the joint(s) to check for the quality of movement and any restrictions.
- Muscle Testing - the therapist may check for strength and the quality of the muscle contraction. Pain and weakness may be noted. Often the muscle strength is graded. This is also part of a neurological screening.
- Neurological Screening - the therapist may check to see how the nerves are communicating with the muscles, sensing touch, pain, vibration, or temperature. Reflexes may be assessed as well.
- Special Tests - the therapist may perform special tests to confirm/rule out the presence of additional problems.
- Posture Assessment - the positions of joints relative to ideal and each other may be assessed.
The therapist will then formulate a list of problems you are having, and how to treat those problems. A plan is subsequently developed with the patient's input. This includes how many times you should see the therapist per week, how many weeks you will need therapy, home programs, patient education, short-term/long-term goals, and what is expected after discharge from therapy. This plan is created with input from you, your therapist, and your doctor.
You should wear loose-fitting clothing so you can expose the area that we will be evaluating and treating. For example, if you have a knee problem, it is best to wear shorts. For a shoulder problem, a tank top is a good choice, and for low back problems, wear a loose-fitting shirt and pants, again so we can perform a thorough examination.
Appointment times vary depending on the complexity of the condition. Standard physiotherapy appoinments are 60 minutes and Acupuncture visits with our registered acupuncturists will vary, depending on your booking.
This is highly variable. You may need one visit or you may need months of care. It depends on your diagnosis, the severity of your impairments, your past medical history, etc. You may be re-evaluated on a monthly basis and when you see your doctor, we can provide you with a progress report with our recommendations.
More than half of all Americans are suffering from pain. Whether it is a recent episode or chronic, an ABC News/Stanford study revealed that pain in America is a serious problem. However, many do not even know that physiotherapists are well equipped to not only treat pain but also its source.
physiotherapists are experts at treating movement and neuro-musculoskeletal disorders. Pain often accompanies a movement disorder, and physiotherapists can help correct the disorder and relieve the pain.
You have probably heard of the profession of physiotherapy. Maybe you have had a conversation with a friend about how physiotherapy helped get rid of his or her back pain, or you might know someone who needed physiotherapy after an injury. You might even have been treated by a physiotherapist yourself. But have you ever wondered about physiotherapists--who they are and what they do? Many people are familiar with physiotherapists' work helping patients with orthopedic problems, such as low back pain or knee surgeries, to reduce pain and regain function. Others may be aware of the treatment that physiotherapists provide to assist patients recovering from a stroke (e.g., assisting them with recovering use of their limbs and walking again).
The ability to maintain an upright posture and to move your arms and legs to perform all sorts of tasks and activities is an important component of your health. Most of us can learn to live with the various medical conditions that we may develop, but only if we are able to continue at our jobs, take care of our families, and enjoy important occasions with family and friends. All of these activities require the ability to move without difficulty or pain.
Because physiotherapists are experts in movement and function, they do not confine their talents to treating people who are ill. A large part of a physiotherapist's program is directed at preventing injury, loss of movement, and even surgery. Physiotherapists work as consultants in industrial settings to improve the design of the workplace and reduce the risk of workers overusing certain muscles or developing low back pain. They also provide services to athletes at all levels to screen for potential problems and institute preventive exercise programs. With the boom in the golf and fitness industries, a number of physiotherapists are engaged in consulting with recreational golfers and fitness clubs to develop workouts that are safe and effective, especially for people who already know that they have a problem with their joints or their backs.
The cornerstones of physiotherapy treatment are therapeutic exercise and functional training. In addition to "hands-on" care, physiotherapists also educate patients to take care of themselves and to perform certain exercises on their own. Depending on the particular needs of a patient, physiotherapists may also "mobilize" a joint (that is, perform certain types of movements at the end of your range of motion) or massage a muscle to promote proper movement and function. Physiotherapists also use methods such as ultrasound (which uses high frequency waves to produce heat), hot packs, and ice. Although other kinds of practitioners will offer some of these treatments as "physiotherapy," it's important for you to know that physiotherapy can only be provided by qualified physiotherapists or by physiotherapist assistants, who must complete a 2-year education program and who work only under the direction and supervision of physiotherapists.
Most forms of physiotherapy treatment are covered by your insurance, but the coverage will vary with each plan. Most states do not legally require patients to see their physicians before seeing a physiotherapist. Most of the time all you have to do is ask your doctor if physiotherapy is right for you.
If you receive acupuncture as part of the physiotherapy treatment, it is to be claimed under physiotherapy. If the patient prefers to use their acupuncture coverage we refer them to our Registered Acupuncturists.
For many patients, one of the primary objectives is pain relief. This is frequently accomplished with hands-on techniques, modalities such as ultrasound, electrical stimulation, and/or heat or cold therapy. Movement often provides pain relief as well. Your physiotherapist will provide you with the appropriate exercises not only for pain relief but to recover range of motion, strength, and endurance.
In some cases, physiotherapy techniques can be painful. For example, recovering knee range of motion after total knee replacement or shoulder range of motion after shoulder surgery may be painful. Your physiotherapist will utilize a variety of techniques to help maximize your treatment goals. It is important that you communicate the intensity, frequency, and duration of pain to your therapist. Without this information, it is difficult for the therapist to adjust your treatment plan.
Most of our patients remark they are pleasantly surprised how gentle yet effective acupuncture is. We use high-quality single-use needles, about the size of fine human hair, to assure patient comfort. The physiotherapy modalities we employ beforehand soften the tissues reduce the resistance to needling, therefore taking the edge off. We have found that physiotherapy with acupuncture hastens the healing process and reduces the number of treatments needed.
Flare-ups are not uncommon. If you have a flare-up (exacerbation), give us a call. We may suggest you come back to see us, return to your doctor, or simply modify your daily activities or exercise routine.
For, ICBC, VAC & RCMP patients, there needs to be a doctor referral. We often have to request re-approval as well. All others can go directly to Physio (including MSP on Premium assistance).
In Canada, we can because we have primary referral rights.