Our Physiotherapy Clinics
After suffering an injury or trauma, you will want to recover as quickly and completely as possible. At our physiotherapy clinics we understand that recovering your strength and mobility is crucial not only to your physical well-being, but also to your independence and mental state. Our goal is to get you on that road and get you there.
AMS physiotherapists (also called physical therapists) have an advanced understanding of the physical structures that produce movement. They insightfully apply this in-depth knowledge of injury and disease patterns to help you restore your strength and mobility.
As providers of physical strength and movement care, physiotherapists work with physicians and other health care providers.
Possible reimbursements for physiotherapy treatments
At AMS Medical and Rehabilitation Centre, we accept many insurance plans so that you can get the care you need and eliminate your pain.
If you had a work (CNESST) of car (SAAQ) accident you will pay nothing. Your physiotherapy, acupuncture and occupational therapy treatments will be covered 100%, we will bill the CNESST or SAAQ directly. You only have to take care of healing and getting better.
For private patients, depending on the type of plan you have, you may need to pay for the entire treatment and then send the receipt for the session directly to your private insurance (a form may need to be completed) for reimbursement. In other cases, we can bill your insurance company directly for the treatment received. In all cases, check what your insurance company covers as care per session, and what the annual reimbursement limit to which you are entitled is.
For patients that are part of the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) funded by the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), AMS Clinic will bill Blue Cross Medavie directly and you will have nothing to pay. We would only need a copy of your prescription and a copy of your Immigration Canada Refugee Protection Claimant Document.
AMS also works closely with many governmental and insurance companies across Canada such as WSIB, WCB, Allianz Global and many others.
Conditions treated by physiotherapists
Physiotherapists in Montréal at AMS work primarily in 2 areas of practice: orthopedics and neurology. Physiotherapists at AMS treat these and other physical conditions:
- Back pain, lumbar pain
- Sprains, muscle stretching
- Sports injuries
- Post-surgical rehabilitation
- Stroke Rehabilitation
- Balance disorders
- Neck pain and stiffness
- Tendinitis and tendinopathy Bursitis
The training of a Physiotherapist
To be certified as a physiotherapist in Canada, you need a graduate degree (a university master’s program) requiring a minimum of four years of training.
Physiotherapists spend years studying how the body functions and moves, how injuries affect performance, and how to help in the repair of injured tissue.
All of our physiotherapy professionnals in Montréal at the AMS Clinic have continued their graduate studies and, in addition, have taken extra training such as the McKenzie® Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and MDT Therapy, the Mulligan Concept and other areas of physiotherapy to add to their expertise. Many physiotherapists at AMS also have undergraduate degrees and training in kinesiology, physical education, or sports therapy.
Physiotherapists work with physicians
The goal of physiotherapy is to maximize functional independence, not through surgery or medication, but through physical mobilizations that promote, maintain, and restore physical function and fitness. Physiotherapists at the AMS Clinic work closely with physicians to manage, treat, and prevent physical problems caused by sports, disability, workplace accidents, motor vehicle accidents, aging, or simply long periods of inactivity. Physiotherapists use a variety of tools and techniques to identify the precise nature of your injury, and to help you recover in the best possible way.
Physiotherapy & Diagnostics
Even physicians rely on physiotherapists to help diagnose many kinds of injuries. A physiotherapist’s education includes extensive training on the diagnosis of physical and movement-related problems.
Most patients find a physiotherapy session a pleasant and relaxing experience. Physiotherapy is a very collaborative form of treatment — the patient is part of the process every step of the way.
Through hands-on treatments the physiotherapist helps improve blood circulation, and mobility in damaged tissues and related structures to help them recuperate. This can include massage, joint mobilization, stretching, inflammation treatments, or other physical mobilizations that will aid the rehabilitation process and help improve mobility and decrease pain in the affected area.
Your physiotherapist will also create a custom program of movements and/or exercises and other simple at-home treatments that will help strengthen supportive muscles, improve flexibility, and provide more stability during recovery. Programs may also be developed to give you greater ability and improve your performance in sport or in everyday activities.
Most physiotherapy sessions last between 45 minutes and an hour.
How Physiotherapy Gets you back where you want to be
Physiotherapy involves hands-on treatments and prescriptive movements that help you heal, strengthen, and increase mobility and comfort.
Physiotherapy aids and manages recovery, and even prevents injury while also:
- Enhancing physical strength, mobility, and performance
- Improving and maintaining functional independence
- Preventing, reducing (or eliminating), pain
- Managing physical impairments and disabilities
- Overcoming limits to physical activity
- Promoting overall fitness, mobility, health and wellness
Physio Sportive / Sports Physiotherapy
Sports Physiotherapy allows the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries and sports-related traumas through manual therapy and adapted and diversified exercises. The physiotherapist takes care to analyze the pain felt so as to identify its origin and cause. He or she then establishes a treatment and rehabilitation plan based on the needs of the sports patient, with the goal of ensuring a safe and rapid return to physical activity.
Athletic physiotherapists specialise in sports injuries and traumas that can be caused by sports. They can quickly recognize a problem, identify what caused it, treat it, and then offer sound advice on how to prevent it from recurring in sports.
First Physiotherapist Appointments
Most often the physiotherapist will ask you to move in certain ways to uncover exactly which underlying structures need recuperation. They will carefully evaluate your mobility, strength, balance, and other physical abilities to get a clear and details picture of how the impact of injury or illness has affected your functioning and precisely which structures are injured. The physiotherapist will then develop a treatment plan that restores movement and reduce pain or limitations to mobility.
Part Of An Integrated Team
At the AMS clinic, the physiotherapist is also part of an integrated team with other resources at their disposal. In some cases they may have you also work with another treatment provider such as a massage therapist, an acupuncturist, a sports medicine Physician, osteopath, or other healing professional. After diagnosing your problem, the physiotherapist’s goal is to ensure you have the best rehabilitation team possible.
Improving Strength & Mobility
Physiotherapists not only treat the condition but also help the patient understand its effect on their function and how to support recuperation, strengthening, and flexibility. They show patients how to manage their condition independently, how to contribute on their own to recuperation through specific small regimens of activity, and help the patient to prevent recurrences or further complications. With physiotherapy, each patient is evaluated over time, while the therapist adds or adjusts treatments to suit the current situation. Physiotherapists can also advise you on ways to prevent potential health problems from occurring before they arise.
About Your Physiotherapy Visit
For your first visit, please bring the following:
- Your medicare card
- Your insurance card if you are insured
If you are insured for physiotherapy, but are unsure about your coverage, please call your insurance provider — or we can call for you, just ask!
Also, if you are under a doctors’ care, please bring:
- A list of your medications
- Whatever information your doctor has provided you (if any) like a prescription.