Neck & Back Pain

FAQ for patients

Do I need a doctor's referral to book an appointment? No.

How much does it cost per visit?$70. We book on the half hour. We are also happy to book 45 minutes and one hour appointments, which are recommended for first time visits.

Do you take ICBC claims? Yes. However, you will be charged a user fee as ICBC does not cover the full cost of treatment.

Do you take WCB claims? No, not at this time.

Do you make orthotics? No, but we can assess your need for orthotics and refer you to a pedorthist.

FAQ for insurers

Can you perform an assessment and write a treatment plan and report for my client? Yes. We can tailor the assessment and report to your needs.

Do you provide conditioning programs? The Go! Physiotherapists have had experience teaching kinesiologists injury-appropriate exercises and directing individualized post-MVA programs. We provide a "Get Going" program that combines physiotherapy with a goal-oriented exercise program, where your client will be taught the appropriate conditioning exercises in addition to education and manual therapy as needed.

Neck &Back Rehabilitation

Physiotherapists at Go! have invested years of post-graduate training in the assessment and treatment of neck and back pain. Whether you struggle with a brand new injury or a chronic problem, our physiotherapists will perform a biomechanical assessment of your spine to determine the causes of the back pain. We will also perform other safety tests to rule out other causes of your pain.

We will help you to manage and decrease your neck and/or lower back pain with manual therapy and manipulation, exercises, soft tissue techniques and treatment modalities such as ultrasound, laser, electrotherapy, and therapeutic and prophylactic taping techniques.

Posture assessment

This is a major part of our physiotherapists’ assessment.  By assessing your posture, your physiotherapist will determine which areas of the neck and spine are tight, stiff, overused or underused. This, in combination with other aspects of our examination, will determine the treatment approach that we expect to be most effective in relieving your pain and preventing recurrent episodes . This may involve providing you with information regarding your specific postural strengths and weaknesses, teaching you a few exercises to address any deficiencies and/or providing other manual therapy techniques and modalities.

Core Stability

Many neck and back problems can result from poor muscle stabilization of the spine. We determine which aspect of your core strength requires improvement. The concept of “core stability” has recently become misleading in popular culture because it has become popular to “work on the core”. However, unbeknown to many, these exercises are often taught and performed incorrectly. Poor technique will actually contribute to worsening neck or back pain!

Biofeedback techniques and EMG (electromyography)

Sometimes it is hard to actually feel which muscles you are supposed to be working! In order to improve core muscle recruitment, we will use a biofeedback unit or an EMG device to provide a better sense of how your core muscles are recruited in the neck and back.

Neck pain and headaches

Whiplash injuries and sedentary desk jobs are some of the most common causes of acute and chronic neck pain and related headaches.  When treating the neck, we often see reductions in the severity, frequency and duration of headaches, along with reduced muscle tension and improved joint flexibility.

Call us at 604 568 4628 for more information on any of our physiotherapy services. Even if you don't see a treatment on the list, give us a ring and we'll be glad to point you in the right direction!