Athletic Therapy

Who is an athletic therapist?

An Athletic Therapist is a university trained, primary healthcare professional who has extensive training in the field of musculoskeletal and sports injuries. Similar to physiotherapists, they work individually with their clients to help heal injuries and get them back to their full potential, whether that be returning to sport, getting back to work, or relieving pain or disability.

Athletic Therapists use a number of treatment techniques, such as manual manipulation, massage, electrotherapy modalities, and exercise training to rehab their patients back to full health and strength. A session with an Athletic Therapist will include an assessment, followed by hands-on treatment and rehabilitation in our gym space (when appropriate). Athletic Therapy is regulated by the Canadian Athletic Therapy Association (CATA), and members must be in good standing with them to practice.

MEET OUR ATHLETIC THERAPIST

Lauren Walker
Athletic Therapist

WHO DO ATHLETIC THERAPISTS TREAT?​

As you might expect from their name, Athletic Therapists work with sports teams and athletes, both at pitch-side and in the clinic, to manage and treat musculoskeletal injuries. They are experts at assessing and treating sports injuries, but also have the expert knowledge to treat non-athletes with their injuries, such as low back pain, shoulder and neck pain, and knee problems.

The following is a list of common conditions Athletic Therapists treat:

  • Sports injuries
  • Degeneration of joints
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rotator cuff tears or irritations
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Tennis & Golfer’s elbow
  • Patellofemoral knee pain
  • Ankle sprains
  • Trochanteric bursitis
  • Whiplash after a car accident
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Shoulder dislocations
  • Postural problems
  • Slipped or bulging discs
  • Sciatica
  • Tendonitis
  • Repetitive strain injuries
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Iliotibial band syndrome
  • Shin splints
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Temporomandibular (TMJ)/ jaw pain and conditions
  • Post surgical patients, or those who have broken bones

HOW CAN I SEE AN ATHLETIC THERAPIST?

As Athletic Therapists are primary healthcare professionals, no doctor’s referral is needed to seek our services. To book an appointment with one of our Athletic Therapists, you can:

Book an appointment with our online booking system.

Give us a call and speak with Callen, our office manager.

Come in and say hi at our Ellis Street location!

WILL MY INSURANCE PLAN COVER MY ATHLETIC THERAPY VISIT?​

Currently, a number of insurance companies do cover athletic therapy visits. Some companies, however, require that you call them and have athletic therapy added to your coverage, as it is not always included on the base plan. Unfortunately, the insurance companies will not let our staff in the clinic do this for you, and require you to call instead.

The Canadian Athletic Therapists Association (CATA) is currently striving for more insurance companies in BC to cover athletic therapy. At this time, the following plans do cover Athletic Therapy:

  • Great West Life
  • Manulife
  • Desjardins
  • Greenshield
  • Empire
  • All Sport
  • Canadian Hockey Association
  • Cooperators

IMPORTANT NOTICE

Dear friends,

As you will be aware, we are in the middle of a public health emergency due to the ongoing coronavirus/ COVID-19 pandemic. Following strong recommendations from both the College of Physical Therapists of British Columbia and the Canadian Physiotherapy Association in the last 24 hours, we have made the difficult decision to close our clinic until March 31st 2020. We believe that this is the ethically and socially responsible action to help ‘flatten the curve’ of the virus. We are trying to do our part to help take the pressure off the already overloaded Penticton Regional Hospital by preventing further spread.

Please note, we have NOT had any confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our clinic. You can still book appointments with us for March 31st & onward, either on the phone at 250-493-1152 or on our online booking portal, located at the top of each of our webpages.

We understand that this may be an inconvenience, but we hope you can understand our decision in this unprecedented time. We will be working behind the scenes while our clinic is closed to make sure that all of your ICBC, WorkSafe BC and private claims are all being processed, and liaising with ICBC and WorkSafe as needed to extend treatment blocks which may end during our down time.

We are currently in the process of calling our patients to reschedule appointments, so don’t worry if you haven’t heard from us yet – we haven’t forgotten about you!

Again, we thank you for your understanding in this challenging time. We will keep you updated on the status of our clinic as the days and weeks unfold, and urge everyone to practice social distancing and keep updated on the current health advice from the Canadian government and health departments.

Looking forwards to seeing you all again on March 31st.

Best regards,

Chris Stokes,
Clinic Director and Registered Physiotherapist – March 17th, 2020