Some frequently asked questions about Athletic Therapy include:
If I’m not a competitive athlete, can I still see an Athletic Therapist? Absolutely! While the name may be deceiving, Athletic Therapy can be tailored to suit any individual’s needs. The primary goal of any Athletic Therapist is to help any injured individual get back to what they want to do as quickly as possible!
What is the difference between Athletic Therapists and Physiotherapists? Athletic Therapists are musculoskeletal injury specialists and therefore focus on the assessment and management of musculoskeletal injuries. As a result, they do not treat respiratory, cardiovascular and/or major neurological conditions.
What should I bring/expect from my first appointment? For any Athletic Therapy treatment, please bring with you a pair of shorts and a tank top/t-shirt. During the first appointment, the majority of the time will be spent conducting an in-depth initial assessment followed by a short treatment. The assessment is used to determine the nature and severity of your injury while also providing valuable information to create a follow-up treatment plan. Subsequent treatments incorporate a combination of manual therapy techniques, heat and electrical modality application, prescriptive exercise and home care programming. Is Athletic Therapy covered by insurance? Yes it is! The following insurance companies provide Athletic Therapy coverage:
Great West Life
Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI)* - Note: no doctor referral required
Workers Compensation Board (WCB)*
Chambers of Commerce
Canadian Athlete Insurance Program
*Direct billing available for these providers, and may be available for others.
Do I need a referral from my doctor to get Athletic Therapy treatment? No, however some private insurance companies do require a prescription in order for the treatments to be covered.