Comox Physiotherapy Clinic
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FAQs

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Frequently Asked Questions


What is Acupuncture?

Find out more about our acupuncture treatments in detail here.

 

What is Breast Health Phyisiotherapy?

Find out about post-surgery physiotherapy treatments for breast cancer recovery and help for lactating mothers in detail here.

 

What is Craniosacral Therapy?

Find out how craniosacral therapy might help you here.

 

When are the therapists available?

Clinic Hours

Monday – Thursday; 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Friday; 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

All therapists have individual schedules within these clinic hours. Please call us to make a booking.

 

Do I need a referral?

We do not require a referral to see you as a patient. The Medical Services Plan of British Columbia (MSP) does not require that you have a physician’s referral to come to physiotherapy. If you have an extended health plan please check to see if they require you to have a referral.

 

What do I need to bring with me?

  • Please bring your BC Care Card, your physician’s referral (if you have one), information about your medical conditions, which medications you are taking, whether you have had any x-rays that may assist in your assessment, information regarding which insurance company (if applicable) will be covering your visit and your visit fee.

  • Bring a pair of gym shorts (for back and lower limb injuries) or we have gowns available.

  • Important Note: Comox Physiotherapy is a scent-free environment. Please refrain from wearing fragrance or scented products to your appointment.

  • Please arrive at least 10 minutes early for your first visit to allow sufficient time to fill in paperwork and to set up your file.

 

Where can I park?

Patient parking is available in the parking lot directly in front of the clinic.

 

How long are the visits?

The first visit with a physiotherapist is approximately 45 minutes (or 1 hour for pelvic floor appointments) to allow for thorough evaluation as well as to begin treatment. This includes time after one-on-one time with the physio should you require heat, ice, or Electrical Modalities. Subsequent visits are usually 30 – 45 minutes in total, depending on what your condition requires.

Exercise physiology appointments are customarily one hour in duration.

 

What should I expect during the treatment?

When you first arrive, our office staff will welcome you and ask you to complete intake forms. These will provide us with helpful information about your medical condition to enable the physiotherapist to make a well-informed evaluation.

You will then be shown to a private room or cubicle where your therapist will review your medical history and particulars about your injury in order to do an assessment. Pelvic floor appointments are always conducted in fully private, closed-door rooms.

Your therapist will follow this assessment with treatment, exercises if applicable, and education regarding your rehabilitation. You will be instructed as to what type of activities should be undertaken during your recovery stage, and what is expected of you between treatments in order to achieve the most benefit (i.e. rest and/or exercise, heat and/or ice, and approximately how long you will need to come for treatment).

 

How many visits can I have?

You can have as many visits as you or your doctor feel is necessary. If you have insurance coverage through MSP, Work Safe, ICBC, VAC, or another provider, you may wish to check how many visits and what portion of your visit will be covered under your particular plan.

Once your coverage runs out you can opt to pay privately.

 

MSP (Medical Services Plan of B.C., premium-exempt status coverage)

You are allowed 10 visits in a calendar year to all practitioners combined, including:

  • Massage

  • Chiropractor

  • Naturopath

  • Podiatrist

 

WorkSafeBC

  • WSBC covers 6 weeks of physiotherapy if your claim is accepted under standard physiotherapy treatment services, or up to 8 weeks if your claim falls under post-surgery physiotherapy treatment services.

  • A physician’s referral is not required for Standard Treatment; you can be self-referred or employer-referred. However, your claim must be either accepted by WorkSafeBC or pending on the date of the initial visit.

 

ICBC

  • A referral is not initially needed for the first 20 treatments; however, should an extension be required, you will need a doctor’s referral.

 

VAC

  • Number of visits limited to 20 physiotherapy treatments and 15 acupuncture; can be extended based on application.  A doctor's referral is required.

 

DND

  • The standard number of visits requisitioned by the base for a member is 10.

  • A referral is required and must be issued by the Base Hospital.

 

RCMP

  • Combined maximum of $4,800 (physiotherapy and acupuncture).

  • A medical doctor referral is required if coming in for acupuncture.

  • No referral is needed if coming in for physiotherapy.

 

Do I qualify for MSP premium-exempt status medical?

You can qualify if:

  • Your income is under $30,000 per year (single).

  • You have recently lost your job (you can qualify under temporary assistance).

 

How do I apply for premium exempt status medical?

There are three ways to apply:

 

Resources and Links

Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia

If you’re not from British Columbia, the Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia‘s website is a good place to start if you’re looking for a physiotherapist in your area. The site also has some more general physiotherapy information, including physiotherapy as a career.

 

The Canadian Physiotherapy Association

This is another good place to look for a physiotherapist in your area, especially if you live outside of British Columbia. The Canadian Physiotherapy Association website also contains physiotherapy news articles, for those who like to keep up-to-date on current research.

 

The Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute

A website focusing on the activities of the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute and acupuncture in general. They have links to some other useful acupuncture resources as well.

 

The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation

Find out about breast cancer, mammograms, what the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation does, or how you can make donations to the foundation.