Looking for a physiotherapist?
The WCB has a list of approved physiotherapists who are well-informed on the workers' compensation system, including return to work and the claims process. You may be referred to one, or you can choose from our list or by calling 1.800.870.3331.
Direct Access to Physiotherapy
Direct Access to Physiotherapy provides injured workers more timely access to the health care services they need. It enables workers to go directly to a physiotherapist for an assessment, allowing the return-to-work process for sprain and strain injuries to begin right away.
The WCB asked a group of worker and employer representatives to form a working group and provide ideas about opportunities to enhance this approach. Their report found Direct Access to Physiotherapy to be appropriate, but identified stakeholders' concerns and areas for improvement.
Our primary goals in responding to the report’s recommendations were to develop communication materials that define roles and responsibilities, manage expectations and educate those involved.
The following materials reflect those goals and our commitment to improving the implementation of Direct Access to Physiotherapy in support of safe and timely return to work.
Resources and Publications
An Employer's Guide to Early Assessment of Sprains and Strains at Work
A Worker's Guide to Early Assessment of Sprains and Strains at Work
A Physiotherapist's Guide to Forms and Reporting
Poster for Workplaces
Direct Access to Physio