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Physiotherapy benefits – Now is the time to use them

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While we see more and more people taking on healthier lifestyles and staying active, most people do not take advantage of physiotherapy benefits they have through their work to address pains, and maintain healthy joints and muscles.

It’s easier to take care of the smaller issues before they become bigger. If you’ve had a pain or injury that hasn’t resolved on its own then it’s important that you get help to avoid chronicity. Little issues can snowball or create other issues which may then interfere with normal functioning. Many benefit plans have a yearly maximum so don’t let them go to waste as the new year rolls in.

The better health benefit plans such as Great West Life, Sun Life, Greenshield, etc; will cover physiotherapy services; however, according to a CBC survey, only 15% of people will use these benefits to treat their musculoskeletal injuries and pain.1

At Great Lakes Physiotherapy Centres in Ajax and Whitby, we are pleased to provide direct billing online so that patients face minimal inconvenience. For more information on billing click here.

Don’t delay treatment of your pains and injuries as recovery typically proceeds more quickly if treated early. It’s time to use your physiotherapy benefits. Call one of our clinics today to see how our team can get you back to your old self.

Baywood Physiotherapy and Athletic Injury Centre, 95 Bayly Street West, Suite 102, Ajax, Ontario L1S7K8                 (905)427-2119

Whitby Civic Physiotherapy, 555 Rossland Road East, Whitby, Ontario L1N 2M8           (905)665-9799

Brock Physiotherapy and Athletic Injury Centre, 200 Brock Street North, Whitby, Ontario L1N 4H6                (905)666-8270

Reference article

  1. http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/canadians-leaving-extended-health-benefits-unclaimed-1.2100974
9 Comments
  • Lillian Schaeffer | Feb 26, 2018 at 1:34 pm

    I like how you mentioned that it’s easier to take care of the smaller issues and injuries before they become bigger problems. My daughter twisted her ankle while running. Maybe it would be best to take her to a physiotherapist before that twisted ankle becomes something more complicated and difficult to recover from.

    • Janice | Feb 26, 2018 at 5:15 pm

      Yes, outcomes will likely be better with early PT management. A 2016 systematic review (level 1a eidence) published in JOSPT found consistently across most studies that early PT was correlated to decreased costs of care and medical utilization. OJHA H, WYRSTA NJ, DAVENPORT TE,EGAN WE, GELLHORN AC. Timing of Physical Therapy Initiation for Nonsurgical Management of Musculoskeletal Disorders and Effects on Patient Outcomes: A Systematic Review,J Orthop Sports Phys Ther 2016;46(2):56-70.

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  • Michael | May 9, 2018 at 3:32 am

    I would like to add that sometimes a physiotherapist may find an issue that no one was aware of, and an injury that may only raise its head after a period of exercise or after a sports game. Good article. thanks.

  • Ashley Maxwell | May 17, 2018 at 7:49 pm

    I appreciate how you said that physiotherapy can help you live a more healthy life. I also like how you said that it would help strengthen your muscles and joints as well. My husband and I are considering getting a physiotherapist for me because I have weakened knees.

  • Joy Butler | May 24, 2018 at 9:44 pm

    I found it interesting when you said that it’s easier to take care of the smaller issues before they become bigger. I agree with it, the sooner we treat it the better it will become. So, I guess once I experienced any joint or muscle pains, I need to visit a physiotherapist.

  • Javed Kassis | Jul 29, 2018 at 10:33 am

    This is a very nice blog. Many people are taking on a healthy lifestyle but they aren’t active in adopting it as a daily habit. I like that you said we should always be aware of taking care of smaller issues and injuries in joints and muscles before they become very big. You mention the good health benefits of Physiotherapy that we should consider in our daily routine. Thanks.

  • Gary | Jul 31, 2018 at 8:22 am

    It could be the case that a long-term small issue may require more than just physiotherapy and could be a sign of a more permanent issue requiring a doctor and an operation. I only say this from experience.

    • Janice | Aug 3, 2018 at 8:25 am

      Gary, you are absolutely right that we should always be aware of potentially more serious underlying issues. In Canada we are primary access practitioners and you don’t need a referral to see a physiotherapist. Physiotherapists are able to screen pathologic medical conditions in direct access settings and are able to identify when a patient’s clinical presentation is outside of their scope and in need of additional medical referral for further investigation. At the Great Lakes Physiotherapy Centres we communicate closely with our MD colleagues to provide the most comprehensive and evidence based care.

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