Welcome to FJS Rehabilitation

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will my rehabilitation take?
This depends completely on the type and complexity of injury.  If it is chronic in nature, other factors such as the amount of deterioration, compensation and neurological involvement of the injury have to be considered in your long term rehabilitation goals.

When can I make an appointment?
After you have contacted the office at fjsrehab@telus.net or by calling (780) 455-3052 we will find a mutually suitable time for the appointment.  Accommodations can be made for those who are working full-time, in school or those who are out of town.

How often will I have to do my Independent Rehabilitation Plan (IRP)?
Again this depends entirely on your particular injury, history, amount of pain, length of convalescence, et cetera.  Essentially, both you and your clinician decide the number of times to complete your IRP between the consultations.  The frequency of your IRP may be increased as you continue to get well.

How often are my consultations?
Many factors determine how often you have a consultation.  As each consultation builds on the previous one, how quickly you adapt physiologically is certainly a significant factor into determining the frequency of consultation.  Pain is another significant factor as is fatigue.  For some people, finances are an issue and have to be included in the determining the best IRP.  Yet others are approved by their Health Plan for a certain number of visits within a specific period of time.  The short answer therefore is that the total number and frequency of consultations determined by each individual’s situation.
Each consultation provides you with a new IRP changing in biomechanical difficulty, variety, intensity or simply the plane in which you do the exercise.  The consultations will bridge your present functional status to what you are required to do for your job functionally.  This is done through a three dimensional approach, progressively moving toward work conditioning.

Is this covered by Alberta Health Care or my own insurance plan?
At this point in time, AHC does not cover the consultation nor the treatment costs.  We are working to change this situation, particularly for those who have rehabilitation needs post-surgery.  HOwever, some personal insurance plans may cover the fees under Discretionary Funds.  When researching this with your Health Plan, please notify them that it is an Exercise Physiologist in Rehabilitation that is providing the assessment and treatment.

What is the cost of the consultation?
Seniors receive a 15% discount from the current rate.  Please contact the office for the current rate.  Please note that you are responsible for the entire fee, should you fail to show up or if you give less than 24 hours notice of your cancellation.

Do I have to do the unsupervised portion of my rehabilitation at the same pool as the consultation took place?
No.  You may complete your Independent Rehabilitation Plan (IRP) at the pool of your choice.  However, you will need to check their schedule as to when Lane Swims are available.  Public or Family Swim times can be available for doing your IRP, but generally they are too busy with active children for you to feel safe while doing your IRP.

Will I need any equipment for my rehabilitation?
You may need some equipment for the water rehabilitation portion of your program.  Part of this is determined by availability of certain pieces of equipment at other pools.  You may or may not have coverage for rehabilitation equipment, so you may wish to check with your insurance provider.  Generally equipment costs are below one hundred dollars.  If this is a hardship, sometimes other arrangements can be made.

What is the difference between an Exercise Physiologist and a Physical Therapist?
Many injuries may leave people unable to do Activities of Daily Living to some degree.  Convalescence is spent trying to cope with pain and tolerance so activity of any sort can be dramatically reduced.  Learning to functionally strengthen the injured area simultaneously while improving the overall condition of one’s body is the primary goal of an Exercise Physiologist.  In some cases, Exercise Physiologists are required to provide work conditioning and simulation for people who are go back to jobs which require physical demands other than sedentary.  A Work Site Assessment may be required for certain scenarios to determine which tasks within the job might need modification, special attention/equipment or which are no longer suitable.
As in many professions there are overlaps in areas of expertise.  Typically, the Physical Therapists are working with the injury site per se and are the only practitioners to our knowledge, who may use Electrical Modalities.