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FAQs

 
Who can qualify to participate in the program?

You may be a candidate if pain is your primary barrier to normal functioning. As a result, you're not able to work effectively or complete activities of daily living. Work difficulties include the inability to progress beyond modified duties, and/or difficulty maintaining steady attendance at work due to pain.

You are not a candidate if you suffer from significantly compromised learning abilities, severe debilitating depression, active psychosis, addiction issues, uncontrolled anger/violent tendencies or medical conditions that would preclude exercise therapy (e.g. unstable angina)

What type of commitment is required to participate in the program?

Patients are expected to attend 3-5 days per week, up to 4 hours each day for a period of up to 8 weeks, with some home exercises as well. Attendance during “bad” days (increased pain) is expected.

Is the program covered under OHIP?

FPP is not covered by OHIP. Funding may be available through the WSIB, MVA insurers, LTD insurers or from employers. Funding options including self-pay, will be explored and arranged for by the clinic.

How do I make a referral?

Referrals can be made by calling 416-586-4800 Ext. 5473 or download the Treatment or Assessment referral form and e-mail to functionandpain@mtsinai.on.ca or fax to 416-586-4658. 

Do I need a Doctor's referral?

A referral from a health care professional is preferred but not necessary.

How successful is the program?

On average, patients who finish the program experience the following improvements:

75% improvement in vocational status (return to regular and/or modified work)
20-25% decrease in pain levels
30% increase in daily function
15-20% improvement in emotional state
Improved sleep and decreased need for pain medication