Advanced Rehabilitation Centres

By: Advanced Rehabilitation  09-12-2011
Keywords: Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy Care

Physiotherapy aims to restore movement and function, relieve pain, and prevent further injury. Treatments combined with an active approach of kinesiology/exercise therapy results in a quicker return to activities of normal life, care giving, and/or work and helps minimize the risk of de conditioning.

  • Evaluation and passive and active treatment of numerous physical conditions of all age groups
  • Treats people with musculoskeletal disorders such as whiplash, strains knee injuries, and neurological deficits such as stroke patients, peripheral nerve injury
  • Provision of pre and post-operative rehabilitation  
  • Treatments include patient education to teach how to deal with a current problem and how to prevent this problem from recurring in the future
  • Functional training for work-related,, home activities, and recreational and sports interests
  • Assessment and education on use of ambulatory devices such as canes, walkers, wheelchairs, etc.

Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic is a branch of health sciences, which focuses upon the body's neuromusculoskeletal system. A chiropractor is concerned with how your body's skeletal and nervous system is functioning. Since your spine is the key highway for your central nervous system, a chiropractor is trained to use a variety of diagnostic measures to examine and treat your spine and bone structure.

  • Adjustment is the use of a specific force applied in a precise direction to a joint that is troublesome (perhaps it is fixated, locked-up or not moving properly)
  • Help restore a more normal position or motion, often relieving pain
  • Each treatment and each adjustment is unique
  • Age, size, and individual spine problems will determine which adjustment technique will best put you on the road to a pain-free back and neck

Occupational Therapy

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Registered Massage Therapy

  • Hands on manipulation of the soft tissues of the body
  • Develop, maintain, rehabilitate or augment physical dysfunction and pain as well as enhance the well being of the client
  • therapeutic effect and improve health by acting directly on the muscular, nervous and circulatory systems
  • 30 minute, 45 minute, & 1 hour massages available

Exercise Therapy / Kinesiology / Sports Therapy

Kinesiology is the study of human movement. The kinesiologist and/or exercise therapist works independently with the chiropractor or physiotherapist to provide:

  • Individualized exercise and conditioning programs.
  • Education on posture, biomechanics and pain management techniques.
  • Active rehabilitative program involving range of motion, strengthening, conditioning, and stretching.
  • Passive treatment and active rehabilitation for a variety of sports related injuries to suit individual needs
  • An overall improvement of your functional abilities.

Motor Vehicle Accident Recovery

A total Motor Vehicle Accident Rehabilitation program is utilized with the goal of returning the patient back to his/her pre-accident functioning and health. Work conditioning – work hardening programs may be utilized to increase a patient’s level of strength, endurance, and tolerance for pre-accident functioning including work or home-making. Home site assessment, return to work programs and workstation ergonomics are available and may be incorporated to assist in a safe return to activities.

If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident, it is recommended that you begin treatment as soon as possible in order to allow for a quicker recovery from the time of the accident.

Symptoms of whiplash may start right after the injury or may take several days to become noticeable. After an accident, some common symptoms of whiplash can include:

  • Burning, tingling or prickling sensations in the neck and down the arm
  • Difficulty eating or chewing
  • Headaches and dizziness
  • Jaw pain
  • Loss of movement of the neck
  • Neck stiffness and pain
  • Shoulder and upper back pain

Upon assessment of your condition, a Physiotherapist or Chiropractor will complete an initial report outlining the clinical findings, along with a treatment plan indicating types and length of treatment recommended. A specialist will comet to your home to conduct an equipment and support services needs assessment. These documents will then be sent to your insurance adjuster for review and authorization.

The goal of treatment is to return you to your previous level of function. Treatment will focus on active strengthening, stretching, conditioning, and pain-relieving modalities as needed.

Billing for Motor Vehicle Accident Insurance Claims

If you have extended health care benefits:

  • Motor vehicle insurance companies require that you claim through that plan first
  • remaining balances are covered by your motor vehicle accident insurance plan

With your authorization, we will send claims to your extended health care plan on your behalf. Your motor vehicle insurer will require documentation outlining amounts covered by your extended health care benefits, so it is helpful to bring in this paperwork to your initial appointment. This documentation will allow us to bill any unpaid amounts to your motor vehicle insurer.

If you do not have any health care benefits:

  • treatments can be billed directly through your motor vehicle accident insurance company.

Workplace Injuries & Claims

If you would like to make a claim for an injury sustained at work, it is required that you report the incident to your employer as soon as possible and fill out the appropriate forms.

It is advisable to visit your doctor who will recommend physiotherapy if needed. This recommendation should be forwarded to your employer as well as a WSIB (Worker's Safety and Insurance Board) nurse case manager and/or adjudicator assigned to your claim.

A review of your claim will determine whether physiotherapy treatment is authorized. Usually, up to 12 weeks of treatment is allowed.

Upon assessment of your condition, your physiotherapist along with your doctor, employer and WSIB nurse case manager will discuss:

  • appropriate time off work (if any) to allow for healing
  • return to work plan including possibility of modified duties for a specific time period or graduated hours until full time hours have been reached

Your physiotherapist may also be asked to fill out a Functional Abilities Form which describes what activities you can and cannot perform due to your injury.

On the initial visit, we will require:

  • a doctor referral prescribing the treatment to be received
  • your identification
  • your signature on the claim forms which will be submitted to Blue Cross

Billing for WSIB Claims

Advanced Rehabilitation Centres can bill WSIB directly for services rendered, which have been authorized.

Keywords: Physiotherapy

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