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How much does it cost to see a physiotherapist in Vancouver BC?

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How much does it cost to see a physiotherapist in Vancouver BC?

Hey there! If you’re reading this article, then you’re probably wondering how much physiotherapy is going to cost you. While we would love to give you a straightforward answer (which we will), we also included the factors that affect this cost.

We’ll break down all the factors involved and give you a rough idea of what you can expect to pay and other things.

What is the cost of seeing a physiotherapist in Vancouver BC?

Seeing a physiotherapist in Vancouver costs around CAD 63 to CAD 190 per session. If your injury is not work- or vehicle-accident related, MSP contributes CAD 23 to each session, with a maximum of 10 visits per year.

This price range is determined by a number of factors, including the duration and location of treatment, the specialization of your physiotherapist, the reputation of the clinic, and the type of treatment you require.

Factors That Determine The Pricing Of Physiotherapy

1. Duration

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First up, we have the duration of your treatment. This factor plays a huge role in how much your final bill will turn out.

So, let’s say the average physiotherapy treatment costs no more than CAD 190 per session. If your physiotherapist recommends that you undergo 15 sessions, then you can expect to pay CAD 2,850.

To ease your mind, here’s a breakdown of the Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia‘s recommended fee guidelines for physiotherapists so you can breathe easy knowing you won’t be charged more than these amounts.

20CAD 63
30CAD 95
45CAD 143
60CAD 190

Data from Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia via

Ultimately, the longer your treatment duration, the more expensive the treatment. Longer sessions may cost more, but they may also be more effective in treating the problem.

2. Location of Treatment

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It’s no secret that property costs in Vancouver are skyrocketing. So if you’re looking to get physiotherapy treatments in high-cost areas like downtown Vancouver, let’s just say expect to pay the maximum.

This is because these clinics need to cover more overhead costs compared to those a little far from the city center. Check out the table below. You can see how clinics from different Vancouver neighborhoods vary in rates.

Downtown VancouverCAD 105 - 140
Mount PleasantCAD 85 - 110
KitsilanoCAD 85 - 120
GranvilleCAD 75 - 120
YaletownCAD 95 - 120
CambieCAD 85 - 110
East VancouverCAD 75 - 115

Data from various physiotherapy clinics in Vancouver neighborhoods

The same goes for home treatments; the farther it takes for your physiotherapist to travel to your home, the more likely you’re looking at an expensive bill.

So which is better? Getting physiotherapy treatments in the clinic or at home? Well, it’s hard to say. Some patients are able to travel to clinics, while others require home visits.

That’s why if you’re looking for physiotherapy services in Vancouver, it’s important to research different clinics and practitioners to find one that fits your needs.

3. Specialization

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Specialization is a fancy word that basically means “expertise”. And just like any other expert out there, a physiotherapist who specializes in a certain area of practice may charge more for their services.

Sports Physical TherapyCAD 90 - 200
Orthopedic PhysiotherapyCAD 120 - 150
Pelvic Health PhysiotherapyCAD 125 - 150
Pediatric Physical TherapyCAD 60 - 70

Data collected from various physiotherapy clinics in Vancouver

And let’s face it, it makes sense. If you’re dealing with a sports-related injury, you want someone who knows exactly what they’re doing and has a ton of experience in that particular area. And that kind of expertise usually comes at a premium price.

Of course, not all physiotherapists charge the same rates for their specialized services, and it’s important to shop around and compare prices before committing to a particular provider.

4. Reputation of Clinic

Reputation of Clinic
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Physiotherapy clinics with a strong reputation may charge more for their services. Why? Well, think about it. These clinics have worked hard to build a strong reputation. Which means they’ve invested a ton of time, effort, and money.

Another thing is that they’ve treated many patients with a wide variety of conditions. So you’re also paying for their wealth of experience and expertise.

But hey, don’t be scared off by this. When it comes to physiotherapy, a clinic’s reputation can be a good indicator of their expertise and the quality of care they provide. So it’s safe to say that you’re paying for excellent care.

5. Type of Treatment

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When it comes to physiotherapy, the type of treatment you receive can also have an impact on the final bill. 

While traditional physiotherapy treatments like exercise therapy and manual therapy are generally affordable, specialized treatments like hydrotherapy or electrotherapy can cost more due to the additional equipment and resources required.

Manual TherapyCAD 90 - 120 per hour
Private Massage TherapyCAD 65 - 170 per treatment
AcupunctureCAD 85 - 110 per hour
ElectrotherapyCAD 15 to 30 per session
Soft-tissue ReleaseCAD 70 to 95 per hour
Exercise therapyCAD 70 to 100 per hour
Tapping and StrappingCAD 10 to 25 per application

Data from Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia via

FAQs about Physiotherapists in Vancouver

With the information provided in this article, you should have a better idea of what to expect and how to plan for your physiotherapy sessions.

So don’t hesitate to seek out the professional help you need and check out our article of the best physiotherapy clinics in Vancouver.

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