What is Physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy is the treatment of injury or disease through the use of physical techniques to improve function and movement. Physiotherapists work with patients to loosen tight spots and improve muscle performance.
Physiotherapists use many treatments and approaches to fit the patients' needs. Common physiotherapy treatments include:
- Exercise (General, Corrective)
- Manual therapy (Manipulation, Mobilzation, Active Release Therapy)
- Electrotherapy (TENS, Interferential, Muscle Stimulation)
- Graston, ISTM (Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization)
- Diathermy: Ultrasound, Radiofrequency
- Acupuncture: Anatomical, Dry Needling, IMS (intramuscular stimulation)
- Therapeutic Laser (Class 3b, Class 4)
- Shockwave, Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT)
Is Physiotherapy for Me?
Physiotherapy can be used to manage many conditions. This includes:
- Car Accident Injuries
- Mechanical Neck and back pain
- Problems in the bones, joints, muscles and ligaments
- Loss of mobility
- Work injuries
- Post orthopedic surgery rehabilitation
Locations providing Physiotherapy in Calgary
How to Make an Appointment
Seeing a physiotherapist is an easy process. As primary health care providers, patients have direct access to care. You do not need a prescription to see a physiotherapist.
To make an appointment, you can:
FAQ about Physiotherapy
1. How much does physiotherapy cost?
Physiotherapy fees vary depending on the service provided and the funding source fee guideline. On average, physiotherapy fees per visit range from $60 to $150. Assessments usually cost more than treatments.
2. Do physiotherapy clinics do direct billing to my extended health benefits?
Yes, the clinics with AlbertaPT do direct billing if available.
3. Will Alberta Workers Compensation Board (WCB) cover my physiotherapy?
Yes, WCB will cover your physiotherapy visit if your injury is work related and if all the necessary forms are completed. WCB will not cover you if your employer is a WCB exempt service.
4. Should I see a physiotherapist after a car accident?
Yes, if you are in a car accident you should contact a physiotherapist immediately. They will assist you in your physical health and rehabilitation and provide advice on how to navigate the funding system.