Q: If I’m not an athlete, can I see an Athletic Therapist?
A: Definitely! Often people think that Athletic Therapists only treat athletes; however they also extend their services to those from non-sporting backgrounds who are involved in jobs that are physically demanding, repetitive, or have sustained injuries of a musculoskeletal nature.
Athletic Therapists treat:
- Recreational and professional athletes
- Everyday aches & pains
- Weekend Warriors
- Soft tissue and Repetitive Strain Injuries
- Injuries for pre- and post-surgical operations
- Motor Vehicle Accidents and Workplace Injuries
Q: What should I expect when I see an Athletic Therapist for my injury rehabilitation?
A: You can expect one-on-one attention during your visit. Caitlin’s approach to your injury rehabilitation is an active one to ensure long-term sustainability. Your first visit will include an Initial Assessment (45 min – 1 Hour) to determine the nature of the injury (i.e. sprain, repetitive strain, bursitis etc.), the cause of the injury, and to determine the best avenue for timely return to work and play. Initial Assessments include a thorough history, injury analysis, functional and anatomical assessment along with specific muscle and joint testing. After the first visit, you should have a good understanding of your injury and know how to prevent future problems. Follow-up visits are typically 30-40 minutes. These appointments include a combination of rehabilitation techniques such as manual therapies, soft tissue mobilization, therapeutic modalities and detailed specific reconditioning exercises to accelerate your progress. This type of therapy is effective for treating both acute and chronic conditions.
Q: Do I need a prescription or referral from my physician in order to receive Athletic Therapy services?
A: Maybe. For patients with extended health benefits, please check with your service provider as some insurance companies require a prescription before covering the cost of Athletic Therapy sessions.
Q: Will my insurance benefits pay for my Athletic Therapy treatments?
A: It is recommend that you contact your insurance provider to confirm coverage details and billing information. Contacting you insurance provider can allow you to add Athletic Therapy to your plan. Here is an updated list of all insurance companies who currently cover Athletic Therapy in Alberta:
- Alberta Blue Cross (via Health Spending Account)
- Canadian Life Assurance
- CHA Health
- Citadel Assurance
- The Economical Insurance Group
- Equitable Life of Canada
- Great West Life
- Green Shield Canada
- Industrial-Alliance Pacific
- Liberty Health
- Manulife Financial
- Premiere Life
- Reliable Life
- Standard Life
- Canadian Hockey Association
- National and provincial members of Hockey/Volleyball/Basketball/Rugby/Baseball/Soccer Canada
- Air Canada
- Pratt & Whitney
- Canada Post
If your benefits package currently does not cover Athletic Therapy, please contact your company’s HR department to discuss adding it to your company plan. Most insurance companies will add it at no additional cost but provide plan members physiotherapy and/or Athletic Therapy coverage.
If you have any questions that have not been answered above, Caitlin would love to assist you. Please email email@example.com with any concerns or inquisitions you may have.