We've put together a list of frequently asked questions regarding physiotherapy. If you have a specific question, or would like to speak to a therapist regarding your specific symptoms, we would encourage you to send us an email, or give us a call.
How long will I need to see a Physiotherapist?

It depends on the condition. Mild strains or sprains tend to recover quickly (weeks) while severe muscle or ligament injuries may require a more lengthy recovery time (months). Chronic conditions such as arthritis or osteoporosis may only require monthly follow-ups with a therapist. However, each person recovers at a different rate. After observing and assessing your injury, a physiotherapist will be able to estimate the length of time required for full recovery.

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Will ICBC or WCB cover my therapy?

They can. Injuries sustained from a motor vehicle accident, or while at work, require assessment from a physician to determine if the injuries would benefit from physiotherapy. If so, your physician will write a referral to physiotherapy.

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Do I need a doctor’s referral to see a Physiotherapist?

No. Physiotherapists are primary healthcare providers which mean no referrals are required. However, if treatments are to be covered by ICBC or WCB, a referral is necessary before payments will be released.

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Who can benefit from Physiotherapy?

Anyone with a painful condition resulting from sport, work, motor vehicle accidents, disease, surgical procedures, or activities of daily living would likely benefit from physiotherapy.

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What education and experience do Physiotherapists have?

Physiotherapists are university trained, with a master’s degree being the current minimum requirement in Canada. In B.C., only the University of British Columbia offers a physiotherapy program. During their course of study, physiotherapy students receive a mixture of both classroom and hands-on clinical experience. Many physiotherapists pursue post graduate education to specialize in areas such as sport, acupuncture, orthopaedics, and neurological rehab. In general, physiotherapists are experienced in treating a variety of conditions affecting a broad range of clientele.

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What is Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy (Physical Therapy) is a health care profession that is based on a scientific foundation. It uses assessment, treatment, and prevention to reduce pain and restore proper physical function throughout our daily activities.

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