Physical Therapy and
Alberta Health Services
– Community Rehabilitation Program

Alberta Health Services
Physical Therapy Services

Effective March 1, 2022, Alberta Health Services (AHS) has implemented changes to the funding of outpatient and community physical therapy treatment for Albertans.

Who is eligible for AHS-funded physical therapy services?

I. General joint or muscle conditions or injuries

Who: Adults and children
Eligibility: All Albertans can call the Rehabilitation Advice Line for general advice.

Physical therapy for general joint and muscle injuries or conditions is no longer funded by AHS unless the patient meets low-income criteria. If a patient meets these criteria, they may be eligible for virtual or in-person services provided in an AHS facility or through a community clinic that has a contract with AHS.

To determine whether someone is low-income, AHS considers a person’s income and family size or their participation in a number of Albertan or Canadian government subsidy programs. To find out if you may qualify for funding support for physical therapy services you can find more information on the AHS website or call the Rehabilitation Advice Line at 1-833-379-0563 Monday to Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Albertans who are not eligible for AHS low-income coverage can pay for physical therapy services out of pocket or using third-party benefits.

How to Access:

Call the Rehabilitation Advice Line 1-833-379-0563
Available Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Visit http://www.ahs.ca/ral for more information.

No referral needed.  Search for Joint and Muscle Injuries – Orthopedic in the directory to find a clinic and book an assessment.
http://www.ahs.ca/adultrehab

II. Hip and Knee Replacements

Who: Adults
Eligibility: Joint replacement surgery has happened within the last 12 weeks.  Physical therapy clinics must have AHS approval if care needs to start later than 12 weeks.

How to Access:

No referral needed.  Search for Surgery – Hip and Knee Replacement in the directory to find a clinic and book an assessment.
https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/info/Page15329.aspx

III. Fractures and orthopedic surgeries

Who: Adults and children
Eligibility: Fracture or orthopedic surgery that has happened within the last 12 weeks.  Physical therapy clinics must have AHS approval if care needs to start later than 12 weeks.

How to Access:

No referral needed.  Search for Fractures or Surgery – Orthopedic in the directory to find a clinic and book an assessment.
http://www.ahs.ca/adultrehab

Would you like this information for later?

For more information about AHS Outpatient & Community Physical Therapy Services, please visit the AHS website or see the PDF below: