Calgary Physiotherapy FAQs
There are a few different ways to get your physiotherapy treatments covered in Calgary, Alberta.
Were you injured at work?
Then you may be eligible to have your entire treatment covered by WCB. If you have injured yourself at work you and your employee need to fill out a WCB claim. You can then go for an assessment at an approved WCB physiotherapy clinic. The
initial physiotherapy examination and first treatment will be paid for by WCB.
Further physiotherapy treatment is only approved once the claim is accepted. If approved, the WCB may authorize physiotherapy treatment for up to six weeks. That means you won’t be required to pay anything out of your own pocket and your treatment will be free.
Are you covered under Alberta Health Services?
There is limited coverage from Alberta Health Services for physiotherapy. An assessment at a clinic that provides provincial funding is required to determine if you are eligible. To find AHS-funded physiotherapy services, visit Alberta Health Service’s
website and search for “physiotherapy.” This program provides early, limited intervention (3-7 visits) for clients that have had a recent decline in their function following musculoskeletal (i.e. muscle/joint) injury or surgery. Physiotherapy treatment and teaching will be offered to help decrease pain, increase strength and flexibility and manage daily activities.
Are you covered under Employer Insurance Benefits?
Physiotherapy is normally included in employer or purchased health benefit plans. Coverage varies from plan to plan and can range from $500 to unlimited so you need to look into the details of your health coverage. Some insurers require a referral from a doctor to access your physiotherapy coverage. Most clinics offer direct billing so they will manage the administration of reimbursement for you so you can focus your efforts on your treatment instead of managing paperwork.
The best way to replicate the physical therapy you get at a clinic in your home is to let your physiotherapist treat you virtually. Your physical therapist can assess how you move, look at your work set up, look how you have set up your home exercise station and watch you do them. They can then give you specific tweaks and suggestions to make sure you can continue toward achieving your goals.
Physiotherapy Video visits (also known as virtual visits) are now covered by most major insurance providers just the same way as an in-clinic session would be.
There are a large variety of injuries involving many different joints and muscles that physiotherapists typically treat in Calgary, Alberta.
Here are some of the most common ones that physiotherapists see on a regular basis:
- Sprain and strains- from falls, gardening or shoveling
- Sports injuriesfrom tennis, soccer, hockey and many other sports
- Workplace injuries, improper lifting, as well as poor ergonomics
- Whiplash Injuries, car accidents or falls