Physiotherapy Frequently Asked Questions
Physiotherapy is a health care profession dedicated to reducing pain, increasing mobility, and getting you back to your most optimal level of living, whether at home, work, or play.
Booking & New Patients
Welcome to our clinic! First, give us a call at 403-455-4010 to schedule an appointment. We ask that you fill out our Patient History Form prior to your appointment. Or even better, email or fax us these forms prior to your appointment. And read the following FAQ for more information.
During your first appointment, we will focus on figuring out the “core” issues of your problem, diagnosing your injury, and teaching you about your injury and what you need to do to get better. In most cases, we will also provide treatment (see Our Services) during your first visit.
During follow-up appointments, we will reassess your progress and continue in providing you the most optimal treatment (see Our Services).
We pride ourselves in providing you one-on-one personalized care. Our focus is you and your health.
At Calgary Core Physiotherapy, we treat any condition related to joints, muscles, or nerves for all age groups. If you are unsure if your problem can be addressed by us, please feel free to give us a call or Email Us.
Some examples of conditions we treat are:
- Neck and back pain and stiffness
- Nerve impingement such as sciatica
- Sports injuries such as ankle or knee sprains, shoulder pain
- Overuse injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome or Achilles tendonitis
- Whiplash following a car accident
The length of time of your first appointment varies from condition to condition. For your first appointment, we suggest that you give yourself approximately 45 to 60 minutes of your time in the clinic. For follow-up appointments, give yourself approximately 30 to 45 minutes.
Please bring something to wear that is comfortable and allows your physiotherapist to access the area to be treated. For example, bring shorts for a low back or knee injury, or a loose t-shirt for a shoulder or neck injury.
If your visit is related to a car accident, read our Information on Car Accidents below.
You do not need a doctor’s referral to see a physiotherapist.
Where to find us & Parking
Our clinic is conveniently located at street-level (open Google Maps in a new window). We are easily accessible by car, public transit, or walking. We are +15 connected.
For parking, there is metered parking on the street, covered parkades or surface lots. For more information on parking in the area, see our Location Page.
Payment & Billing
Your appointment time is reserved especially for you. We require 24 hours, or one business day, notice of a cancellation by telephone. Late cancellations or unattended appointments will incur a full treatment fee.
We accept Interac Debit, Visa, MasterCard, Amex, or Cash.
Yes, we are well-experienced in treating patients following a car accident. We would be happy to help you through this process. For more information, give us a call, email or visit Alberta Finance to learn “What to do after an Auto Collision.”
If you decide to be treated under the Motor Vehicle Accident protocols, then we are able to direct bill your insurance company (that is, we will bill your insurance company and we do not require payment from you upfront).
If physiotherapy is included in your benefits package, then, YES, you can use your benefits at our clinic.
Every extended health benefits package is different; therefore, you will need to contact your insurance company or human resources department to find out the type and details of your physiotherapy coverage. On the rare occasion, some insurance companies require a doctor’s referral for physiotherapy.
If you are eligible for coverage under more than one insurance plan, please let us know when booking your assessment!
If your benefits fall under one of our partners, we are able to submit your claim for you! This takes only a couple of minutes in clinic, but we ask that you complete the below form prior to your appointment to expedite the process
If you have private insurance but are not with one of our partners, we ask that you pay upfront for your appointments, and we will then provide you with an official receipt. You can then submit this to your insurance provider, and be reimbursed for the amount outlined in your plan.
Calgary Core Physiotherapy does not have a contract with Alberta Health Services or the Workers Compensation Board (WCB). Therefore, no, your treatments cannot be paid for by either.
As of October 6, 2022, X-rays and ultrasounds referred by a physiotherapist are covered by the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan (AHCIP).
Please note: MRI referrals are not covered by the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan (AHCIP). MRI referrals are still available through your physiotherapist at Calgary Core Physiotherapy if the patient would like to pay for the MRI privately.
Your physiotherapist is under no obligation to refer you for any of these tests if he or she does not consider the test to be medically necessary and/or will change the course of your treatment. Your physiotherapist may need to communicate with your family physician prior to ordering any diagnostic imaging tests.
Privacy & Confidentiality
We believe in a team approach to your treatment. With your consent, we will often communicate with your doctor, massage therapist, personal fitness trainer, or other team member.
We will request your consent prior to communicating with anyone else, such as your insurance company, lawyer, or when requesting any reports such as x-rays or MRI.
Yes, all information you provide is kept completely confidential during and after your visit. We abide by regulations set by the Physiotherapy Alberta College and Association and the Privacy Information and Protection Act (PIPA).
Health & Safety
Yes – everyone who works at the clinic has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Please contact the clinic If you have any additional questions, and our lovely Patient Experience Coordinators would be happy to answer them for you.