Frequently Asked Questions
Featured Question - Why Choose Physiotherapy?
- What qualifications do Physiotherapists (Physical Therapists) have?
- Who Pays For Physiotherapy (Physical Therapy)?
- Who benefits from Physiotherapy?
- What our Physiotherapists do
- Treatments Used In Physiotherapy
- What happens on my first visit?
- What is worn for the appointment?
What qualifications do Physiotherapists (Physical Therapists) have?
Physiotherapists have a Physiotherapy (Physical Therapy) university degree and must meet strict standards in order to be licensed by the College of Physiotherapists. Physiotherapists must constantly update their skills and keep up with the most modern and proven treatment approaches.
Physiotherapists are trained to work as part of a healthcare team along with doctors, massage therapists and other health care professionals. This allows for the best possible treatment program to help you heal quickly and safely.
Who Pays For Physiotherapy (Physical Therapy)?
Many private health plans cover physiotherapy such as Blue Cross or Great West Life. You may also be covered under a spouse’s plan or parent’s plan. Some plans require a Doctor’s referral to physiotherapy and some do not. It is best to check ahead of time. If a referral is required you may speak to your Doctor about the benefits of physiotherapy and ask for a referral. A doctor’s referral is not required for Manitoba Public Insurance or Worker’s Compensation claims. Another option is to pay for physiotherapy services directly.
We can directly bill some private insurance companies on a person’s behalf as well as Manitoba Public Insurance for auto injuries and Worker’s Compensation for work injuries. In order to do this some details about your health plan like the contract or claim numbers would have to be provided to our receptionist in order to assist in the billing process.
Please ask our receptionist about our fees for physiotherapy.
Manitoba Health or Medicare will only pay for physiotherapy in a hospital setting or in the community such as in the school system or through Home Care Services. These services can be arranged through your Doctor or community health care offices or Access Centres.
Patient Information Form
In order to save time and read our policies, you may download the physiotherapy patient information form, fill it out and bring it to your first appointment:
Who benefits from Physiotherapy?
Physical Therapy and Physiotherapy are the same profession. Just about anyone can benefit from physiotherapy and physiotherapy is about healing of the human body. Physiotherapy was used by the early Greeks, the Romans and the ancient Chinese. The Physiotherapy profession began to prove itself in the early part of the 20th century helping soldiers with traumatic injuries.
Physiotherapists have always been highly respected members of healthcare teams in the community including clinics, hospitals, and schools. This comes from the desire to help people heal. Physiotherapy is the use of physical procedures such as exercise to treat patients with diseases or injuries. It’s used to rehabilitate the body and to prevent further complications that could arise by the lack of use of a body part. Physiotherapy is also about prevention. As we age, our bodies change including our bones and muscles. Physiotherapy can include specific exercises designed to keep us as fit as possible. Physiotherapy is often used for patients with arthritis. Whether you need help with neck or back injuries, broken bones or muscle injuries, physiotherapy can help.
In the sports field, most professional sports teams have a physiotherapist to treat athletic injuries and to help with the conditioning necessary to prevent injuries. Treatment is used to make the healing process go more quickly at all stages of life. It also helps to reduce aches or pains.
Essentially, physiotherapy benefits anyone with injuries to bones, muscles or joints and can also benefit other physical problems that affect mobility and independence. So from the smallest ache or pain to major difficulties, physiotherapy will help.
What our Physiotherapists do
A Physiotherapist is a professional who has studied the human body and how it works and then applies that knowledge to treating and preventing physical injuries, diseases and physical disabilities. Physiotherapists are experts in how the body moves and how one area of injury can affect another area. For example, a person may have an ache or pain in the shoulder. A physiotherapist may discover that the problem is not the shoulder but a pinched nerve in the neck. Our Physiotherapists at Corydon Physiotherapy know a wide variety of proven treatments and they will determine what is best for the difficulty. In other words, we will analyze and assess the problem and start treatment or refer to another professional for treatment. Our Physiotherapists are also in close contact with other healthcare professionals like Doctors. Physiotherapists are university trained and licensed by the
Treatments Used In Physiotherapy
There are a wide variety of treatments a physiotherapist may use at our clinic. The treatment program depends on the type of problem and what needs to be done.
For example, a person may have lower back pain due to a bulging disc. The physiotherapy session will start with our physiotherapists asking questions and looking at how the lower back feels when the person moves in different directions. In this way the problem can be identified. The physiotherapist will explain what the problem is and what is the best recommended treatment program. At our clinic a treatment plan is made that best meets a person’s needs and preferences.
To ease the pain, our physiotherapists use many hands on treatments like massage, to help the lower back move easier and with less pain. They may use their hands to apply gentle pressures to the lower back to help reduce the bulge in the disc and therefore get to the root of the problem. To help pain and healing they may also use other proven methods such as ultrasound, heat, acupuncture, and gentle electrical therapy. They will also teach the person special exercises and movements to reduce pain, and heal a bulging disc.
We focus on the long term solutions for various conditions as well as short term pain relief. Patients are taught ways of easing the pain at home or at work such as using a proper support for sitting and how to use the lower back at work or during sports without injuring it further. Teaching self-treatment is a very important part of our physiotherapy treatments.
As a person improves, special exercises are used to strengthen muscles and stretch tight muscles and joints. The physiotherapist is an expert in choosing the right exercises and technique for each person.
What happens on my first visit?
Please arrive 10 minutes early to complete our information form unless you have downloaded it already and filled it out. We will begin the appointment by asking questions about your problem and discussing important points about your condition. Your physiotherapist will then check your posture and how your body is lined up. They will next check various movements of your body to see how you move and how much you can move. We are always careful to respect your pain.
Your first appointment will be approximately one-hour. Future appointments will be usually 45 minutes to one hour.
Please feel free to ask any questions you may have as they come up, before, during or after your treatment.
What is worn for the appointment?
Proper attire for treatment is usually a gown and or shorts which we supply. You may bring loose fitting shorts or pants and a t-shirt if you prefer. During treatment, every consideration is taken to ensure that you are comfortable and that your modesty is taken into account. Only the area of the body that is being worked on is uncovered.