What is Physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy is the hands-on drug-free treatment of injuries, diseases, or physical issues using techniques like massage, heart and heat therapy, stretching, and exercises. Depending on the region, physiotherapy may also be known as physical therapy
What is a Physiotherapist?
In Canada, physiotherapists are primary-care providers, meaning they can assess you, order imaging and other tests, and provide care. Physiotherapists undergo 6 or more years of undergraduate and postgraduate training. Physiotherapists work in many areas including cardio-respiratory, orthopedics, neurology, paediatrics, women’s health, seniors’ health, and sports.
Physiotherapy Treatments, Services, and Programs
Treatment Methods & Modalities
The tools and methods used by physiotherapists to strengthen muscles, reduce pain, and restore function.
From compression socks, to custom knee braces, splinting, and orthotics, all of the therapeutic aids used by physiotherapists to improve stability and range of motion.
Specialized Physiotherapy Programs
Specialized programs at pt Health are developed by experts in the field to treat specific conditions like arthritis, concussion, TMD and more.
pt Health physiotherapists treat a wide range of injuries from car accidents, to athletic injuries to workplace injuries.
Ages and Stages of Life
Physiotherapist can help feel your best at every stage in your life. Discover age specific physiotherapy programs from falls prevention to children’s physiotherapy.
Chronic Condition Management
Get help managing chronic conditions like COPD, MS, cardiac diseases, arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, and more.
Physiotherapy Cost, Coverage and Payment Options
pt Health services are covered by most health care plans. Typically, these plans pay 80-100% fee for service. If you have a dental plan, chances are you also have coverage for many of the services and products we offer at pt Health.
pt Health also accepts auto insurance and Work Safety Insurance Board (WSIB/WCB).
In some cases, we also accept Veterans Affairs and Medicare, such as OHIP (Ontario), Alberta Health Care and Medical Service Plan MSP (British Columbia). Not sure if you’ve got coverage with one of these government plans? We can help you find out. Just call us toll free at 1-866-749-7461.
At pt Health we believe your health should come first. We take care of the paperwork so you can focus on getting better, plus we offer direct insurance billing, saving you time and up front costs.
Benefits of Physiotherapy
Physiotherapy can make a difference in an individual’s ability to live an active, healthy lifestyle. For many seniors, disabled or chronically ill people, physiotherapy is the key to restoring and maintaining a level of physical function that permits independent living. Physiotherapy is one way to successfully push physical limitations to secure the Freedom to Function.
Physiotherapy benefits include decreasing pain, improving joint mobility, increasing strength and coordination and improved cardio-respiratory function. Everyone can benefit from physiotherapy whether you are living with a chronic illness, recovering from a work injury or suffering after that weekend hockey game.
Physiotherapy increases your independence and gives you the Freedom to Function™ in your home, workplace or your favorite leisure activity. Physiotherapy offers a range of specialized services of benefit to patients with heart and lung disease, traumatic, workplace and athletic injuries, amputations, arthritic joints, stroke, brain injury, spinal cord and nerve injury, cancer and pre and post surgical needs.
Frequently Asked Physiotherapy Questions
Do we need a doctor’s referral to seek physiotherapy services?
You do not need a doctor’s referral for physiotherapy. However, if you are going to use your health insurance to cover the cost of therapy, the insurance provider may ask you for a doctor’s referral.
How can I be sure that physiotherapy is right for my health problem?
Physiotherapy focuses on removing the cause of the problem as opposed to superficially treating the symptoms. This process may take some time, but the results are often more permanent with less chance of the disorder returning.
What can I expect on my first appointment with a physiotherapist?
Although each clinic’s approach to intake, assessment and therapy do vary, generally speaking your physiotherapist will ask a series of questions that will help better describe all of your symptoms in detail. Your physiotherapist can then carry out your assessment. The physiotherapist will examine you physically and discuss the findings, the cause of the problem, and suggest a solution that can effectively treat your health problem
How long does each physiotherapy appointment last?
The first appointment usually takes about an hour for a full assessment. Subsequent treatments can be shorter or longer depending upon the condition and the treatment required. Subsequent physiotherapy treatments can be twenty to thirty minutes in length.
What treatments are used by physiotherapists?
The treatment administered by physiotherapists varies and can range from exercise, manipulation, stretching, and soft tissue massage among other therapy options. At times, ultrasound electrotherapy or acupuncture may be also used. Electrotherapy is the usage of electrical energy to accelerate the healing process, reduce inflammation, muscle spasm and pain