You are important to us and we want you to be comfortable as possible during your visits. We have compiled a list of FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) but if you don’t see the answer you require in the FAQ below then please feel free to CONTACT US and we’ll be able to help you out.
If you would like to know a little more about the team at Wave Physiotherapy then check out our ABOUT WAVE and The TEAM page. You’ll even get to see their faces!
Do I need a Doctor’s referral?
As physiotherapy is a direct contact medical profession, you do not require a doctor’s referral to seek physiotherapy care in Canada. Some insurance providers require a doctor’s referral in order to receive re-imbursement of assessment and treatment costs, so it is best to call them for clarification. You will also require a doctor’s referral if you have been in a motor vehicle accident.
What kind of conditions do you treat at WAVE Physiotherapy?
Our physiotherapists are trained and experienced in treating both orthopedic and neurological problems including:
- Low back pain
- Sacroiliac joint dysfunction
- Thoracic spine pain
- Neck pain
- Whiplash from motor vehicle accidents or falls in sport.
- Sport injuries: ligament sprain, plantar fascitis, tendonitis, bursitis, joint fixations, subluxations, runners knee, muscle strains/tears
- Work related injuries
- Post fracture
- Post orthopedic surgery rehabilitation
- Arthritic conditions: osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis
What can I expect on my first visit?
Your first visit will take approximately 45-60 minutes. Any subsequent visits are usually between 40-60 minutes. Click here for information on your first visit.
How long will I have to wait to see a physiotherapist at Wave Physiotherapy?
Generally you will be assessed by a physiotherapist within one to two days of calling the clinic. However, it is best to make your appointment well in advance to get a time and day that work best for your schedule.
How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments varies according to the severity and level of acuteness (how soon after initial injury) of your complaint. We generally find the sooner one seeks rehabilitative care, the faster one is able to recover. Most clients experience a positive change in their condition within 1-3 sessions.
Do you communicate with my Doctor, Massage Therapist or other members of my health team?
Once we have received our client’s consent, we communicate openly our findings and progress with all the members on our client’s health care team, from his or her doctor to his or her massage therapist.
Will my medical information and treatment records be handled confidentially?
Your information is treated confidentially and is protected by the Practice Standards for Physical Therapists in British Columbia and by the Privacy Information & Protection Act (PIPA).
Does the government cover any of the costs of my treatment?
Since January 2000 the provincial government has been decreasing the amount of funding that is available for out-patient physiotherapy. At the present time government funding is available for selected individuals. For more information please contact the Interior Health Region or BC Medical Services Plan.
Do you have free parking?
Yes, lots! There is free on street parking directly in front of the clinic, on West Ave. There is also a parking lot at the side of the building (accessed from Pandosy) that is designated for customers using the building.