Golfer’s Elbow, also known as medial epicondylitis, is caused by repetitive stress and or weakness of the muscles which flex your wrist and fingers. Pain or tenderness is local to the inside of the elbow, and can also move down the forearm and into the hand.
You should visit a physiotherapist if your pain is mechanical. Also, other reasons you may choose to attend a physical therapy session include when the pain is not going away, the pain has severely affected movement, or it prevents you from sporting activities. Any of these reasons show that it is time to see a physiotherapist.
In Alberta, physiotherapists are considered primary care providers, so you can see a private one without requiring your doctor’s referral.
However, your physician will likely refer you to a physiotherapist for post-surgery recovery or an extended medical issue needing specialized attention. It is common for physiotherapists to collaborate with other healthcare professionals such as a doctor, occupational therapists and massage therapists to develop an individualized treatment plan for you.
In addition, if your private health insurance covers physiotherapy, you may need to provide a doctor’s referral for the insurer to cover the cost of your treatment.
In Alberta, Physiotherapy is not generally covered by Alberta Healthcare. Some physiotherapy sessions may be approved after surgery or fracture in approved clinics- but it is most common for individuals to pay out of pocket for treatment. Unfortunately Human Integrated Performance cannot receive payment by Alberta Healthcare. Many employers offer health benefits that cover physiotherapy services, which Human Integrated Performance provides direct billing options for. Chat with our front desk to learn more about your coverage and billing options.
Individual physiotherapy treatment sessions start at $80.00 at our clinic, and initial physiotherapy assessment sessions start at $105.00. For more information on our prices for physiotherapy services, contact our team at 780-862-3111.
No, you do not need a prescription to see a physiotherapist in Alberta unless specified by your extended health benefits plan. However, most extended health care plans will require a referral from your family physician or specialist to access coverage for physiotherapy services. If you are unsure whether you need a prescription or not, it is best to contact your insurance provider directly and ask.
Physiotherapists in Alberta are highly skilled professionals who have the necessary education and experience to assess, diagnose, treat and prevent a variety of physical conditions. They are also trained to advise on lifestyle changes that can help improve your overall health and well-being. Your physiotherapist will work with you to design an individualized treatment plan that is tailored to your specific needs. Physiotherapists are an important part of the healthcare team in Alberta and can help you meet your physical goals. Whether you require physiotherapy for a specific injury or condition or want to improve your overall health, physiotherapy can help you on your journey toward better movement.