Can I use my Extended Health Coverage for Physiotherapy-Training sessions?
Yes—Once you pay for your session (E-transfer, Cash, Credit Card, or Paypal), you will get a receipt with the Physiotherapist’s license number and a description of the services. You will then submit your receipt. Most insurance companies no longer require a doctor’s referral, however, it is best to check with your provider.
How soon should I come in after an injury or motor vehicle accident?
Generally, the sooner the better. No matter what stage of injury, there is always something you can and should be doing to ensure you recover as quickly and as well as possible.
What will we do in my session?
The session will be tailored to your specific injuries and needs. Most sessions are 55-minutes and consist of about 20-30 minutes of training or exercise—cardio, strength and conditioning, mobility work, and 20-30 minutes of hands-on therapy. It is always 1-on-1 and I do not use any machines such as interferential current or ultrasound.
I have been told I have x,y,z, (i.e.: “degenerative disc disease,” spondylolisthesis, arthritis, bone spurs, rotator cuff tear) based on MRI, XRAY, or other imaging findings and that there is nothing I can do, that I should “live with it.” Can you help me?
Contrary to public belief, and what most doctors tell their patients, imaging findings have high false-positive rates (showing things that aren’t actually there, artifacts), and many people have imaging findings in a particular body area, and no symptoms. For example, most people have “degenerative changes” in their spine, and many have no symptoms at all. Knee osteoarthritis is exceptionally common in asymptomatic people. Rotator cuff tears are found in many people without shoulder pain as well.
If you have had an accident or injury in the past, you may very well have pain in that joint that a doctor would attribute to arthritis, however, my experience is that pain and dysfunction are, more than anything a reflection of how well you have prepared that previously injured area for the given activity.
All that being said, with creative collaboration, patience, and hard work in training, between a Physiotherapist and yourself, you certainly don’t have to “live with it!”