What is Physiotherapy / Physical Therapy?
Physiotherapy treatments are preformed by Physiotherapists (or Physical Therapists) who are registered healthcare professionals governed by their own separate legislation in Manitoba called the The Physiotherapists Act. They work collaboratively alongside physicians and healthcare teams to treat and promote health. They work within a variety of healthcare settings. Examples are hospitals, private clinics, sports organizations, military, schools, government agencies and more.
Physiotherapists are leaders in the rehabilitation field. They conduct research in numerous areas within rehabilitation sciences such as anatomy, kinesiology, and physiology. They use their evidence-informed knowledge to assess, treat, and educate on pain management, movement dysfunction, and chronic conditions.
Physiotherapists treat a variety of conditions such as acute injuries, to management of chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, neurological conditions, spinal cord injuries, etc.
Our clinic will use evidence-informed ‘tools’ to help you achieve your goals. Using corrective exercises, treatment modalities (Shockwave, dry needling, etc.), education, manual therapy, taping, stretching, cupping, and more. Our Physiotherapy treatment plans are individualized based on a thorough assessment.
Our Physiotherapists come from a variety of cultural and clinical backgrounds and can provide fluent physiotherapy services in:
- Motor vehicle accidents (MPI)
- Workplace injuries (WCB)
- Pre/Post-surgical rehabilitation
- Spinal conditions
- Joint conditions
- Age-related aches and pains
- Chronic conditions
- Systemic conditions
- Sport-specific injuries
- General sprains, strains, and muscle tightness
At Motion Science, we specialize in orthopedic injuries. We treat various age groups from pediatric to senior. Our aim is to help you achieve your goals, promote independence and improve your quality of life. Our clinic is here to get you moving! No matter the challenge, chronic or resulting from injury.
What Happens at Your First Physiotherapy / Physical Therapy Appointment?
Your initial appointment will be 45/60 minutes. Your physiotherapist is dedicated exclusively to a one-on-one treatment time. We offer private and spacious treatment rooms, or one of our curtained tables. Advise our booking department if you are absolutely set on a private room for your first appointment.
We will ask a lot of questions about your injury. The information you tell us plays a big part in making an accurate diagnosis. We will follow this up with a “hands on” clinical assessment to rule in or rule out the causes of your pain. Our goal is always to address the cause rather than just treat the pain.
We will take time and care at the end of the appointment to explain your problem and a treatment plan—in the language you can understand. Including why you, why now and, most importantly, what to do about it.
You may receive some hands-on treatment during the first visit depending on your injury. We will go over your plan for the on-going management of your injury. This will include a time frame for your recovery, plans for further visits if they are required, and the exercises you need to do at home. We will focus on the two or three things you should do at home so you’re not burdened with too much to do. Your customized home-management program will be available to you via email or paper copy.
What Treatments do Physiotherapists Use?
Physiotherapists use a wide range of treatments within the clinical setting. Most commonly at our clinic you will see the use of modalities, hot and cold packs, ultrasound, shockwave, dry needling, manual therapy, corrective exercises, cupping and more.
What to Wear to a Physiotherapy / Physical Therapy Appointment?
Wear appropriate clothing to expose the area requiring treatment. We can lend you shorts, t-shirts, or an examination gown if you need them.
What to Bring to a Physiotherapy / Physical Therapy Appointment?
Please bring all relevant imaging pertaining to your injury (x-ray, CT, MRI, etc). If you have a referral letter from a doctor bring that, too. Also, bring your health plan policy information, if you are a member of one.
Do I Need a Doctor’s Referral to see a Physiotherapist?
Physiotherapists are primary healthcare providers. A doctor’s referral is not required for treatment. Insurance providers do not require a doctors referral for physiotherapy services.
What About Return Appointments?
Subsequent treatments last 30 minutes (sometimes longer) and always provide you with exclusive one-on-one time with your therapist. We do not book multiple patients at one time.
What About Payment?
Payment is required at the time of your appointment. Individuals who do not have third party coverage or whose insurance has run out will have to pay for the service privately. We advise that you call your insurance provider to obtain your coverage details. Most major insurance providers allow direct billing for clinics. If your plan does not allow direct billing, we will provide you with the required documentation for reimbursement. It may be necessary for you to discuss your insurance coverage with your physiotherapist.
Employee Healthcare benefit plans may also provide coverage for physiotherapy services. Certain private health insurance plans allow direct payment from the insurer. When applicable, at time of your appointment provided you have brought along your appropriate health plan policy information.
Will MPI or WCB Cover my Physical Therapy Treatment?
Manitoba Public Insurance and Workers Compensation Board will pay for physiotherapy rehabilitation services related to motor vehicle and workplace-related injuries respectively. You are required to report the incident and obtain a injury claim number prior to your visit. We will ask for this during your initial visit. For coverage details, please contact Manitoba Public Insurance or the Workers’ Compensation Board.