Halifax Physiotherapy FAQs
There are a few different ways to get your physiotherapy treatments covered in Halifax, NS.
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 usually 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 Nova Scotia Health Services?
There is limited coverage from Nova Scotia Health Services and MSI for physiotherapy. To find MSI-funded physiotherapy services, visit Nova Scotia Health Service’s website and search for “physiotherapy.”
In Nova Scotia, physiotherapy at publicly funded clinics is usually covered by the provincial healthcare system, MSI. You can access outpatient physiotherapy through your local hospital; however there are often lengthy wait times to receive care. MSI does not cover treatment at privately-funded clinics.
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 physiotherapy you get at a clinic in your home is to let your physiotherapist treat you virtually online. 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 your exercises. They can then give you specific suggestions to make sure you can continue towards 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 covered.
There are a large variety of injuries involving many different joints and muscles that physiotherapists typically treat in Halifax, NS.
Here are some of the most common ones that physiotherapists see on a regular basis:
- Sprain and strains
- Sports injuries
- Workplace injuries
- Dizziness, vertigo and imbalance