The rush of modern life often unfolds on the fast-paced lanes of our roadways, where motor vehicles seamlessly connect people and places. However, this convenience comes with a sobering truth – motor vehicle accidents (MVAs) can bring about unexpected physical, emotional, and psychological turmoil. We understand that each MVA is unique, and so are the injuries they can cause. From whiplash and fractures to traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder, the impact of an MVA reverberates through the lives of those involved.
How soon should you see a physiotherapist after an accident?
After a motor vehicle accident (MVA), seeking medical attention, including seeing a physiotherapist, as soon as possible is generally recommended, especially if you suspect you have sustained any injuries.
What type of injuries are common in a car accident?
Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) related injuries are the ones that are caused as the result of car accidents. These injuries not only happen as the result of direct impact but sometimes, although there is no direct impact, acceleration/deceleration of the body caused injuries to muscles, ligaments, and tendons.
These injuries can happen to any parts of the body and commonly cause conditions such as whiplash and low back sprain/strains. Some of the major injuries caused as a result of motor vehicle accidents include the following:
- Whiplash: The most common injury affecting muscles and ligaments of neck & upper back
- Mid & Low back injuries: 2nd most common injury sustained in car accidents
- Headaches: Commonly experienced along with a whiplash injury
- Rotator cuff injuries: Very common in minor injuries due to the position of body & seat belt
- Knee pain: Usually due to a forceful thrust upon the dashboard
- Fractures: Commonly seen in elderly due to osteoporosis or in more impactful accidents
- Concussion: Could happen with a direct impact or due to acceleration of the brain within the skull
- Neurological system injuries: Causing conditions such as Sciatica
- Dizziness: Many accidents cause an impact affecting the vestibular (inner ear) system. Dizziness can also be associated with neck muscle injuries
- TMJ disorders: Because of the close relationship between neck and face muscles, TMJ dysfunctions are commonly associated with whiplash
The seriousness of these injuries depends on the strength of the impact and the places injured. Most of the people would experience instant pain in the affected area and will need immediate help.
Should I see a Chiropractor or Physiotherapist?
After a motor vehicle accident (MVA), both chiropractors and physiotherapists can play valuable roles in your recovery, but the choice between the two depends on the nature of your injuries, your personal preferences, and the advice of your healthcare provider. Here’s a comparison to help you make an informed decision:
Chiropractors primarily focus on diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal conditions, particularly those related to the spine. They use manual adjustments and manipulations to realign the spine and other joints to improve mobility and alleviate pain. Chiropractors often emphasize the relationship between the spine’s alignment and the body’s overall function. They may also provide advice on posture, exercise, and lifestyle modifications.
Consider seeing a chiropractor if:
- You’re experiencing back or neck pain, especially if it’s related to spinal misalignments.
- You prefer hands-on manipulation and adjustments as part of your treatment plan.
- You want to address spinal issues and related musculoskeletal concerns.
Physiotherapists specialize in assessing, diagnosing, and treating a wide range of physical conditions and injuries. Their approach is holistic and may involve various techniques such as exercises, stretches, manual therapy, modalities (heat, cold, electrical stimulation), and education. Physiotherapists aim to restore mobility, reduce pain, improve function, and prevent future injuries. They work on overall body strength, flexibility, and rehabilitation.
Consider seeing a physiotherapist if:
- You have a variety of injuries beyond spinal issues, such as fractures, soft tissue injuries, or mobility challenges.
- You’re looking for a comprehensive rehabilitation program that targets overall physical function.
- You need personalized exercises and therapies to regain strength, mobility, and flexibility.
- You want guidance on preventing future injuries and maintaining long-term wellness.
In many cases, a combination of both chiropractic care and physiotherapy can provide a well-rounded approach to recovery. It’s important to communicate with your primary care doctor or healthcare provider after an MVA to determine the best course of action based on your specific injuries and needs. They can guide you towards the appropriate treatment plan and help coordinate care between different healthcare professionals if necessary.
How do I start physiotherapy after a car accident?
Your treatment will start with an assessment by one of our physiotherapists or chiropractors. After the assessment is completed, a treatment plan will be discussed with you. Typically, for common injuries such as whiplash and back pain, we suggest a combination of physiotherapy, massage therapy, and rehabilitation. You may need chiropractic and/or acupuncture depending on the extent of your injuries.
Your physiotherapist or chiropractor will then complete the required forms outlining the injuries and treatment plan and we will send these forms to your insurance provider to obtain approval for your treatment. Our office staff is well versed and equipped to help address any questions or concerns you have.
What other treatments will be beneficial after a car accident?
After an injury during a car accident, massage therapy and acupuncture may be added to physiotherapy or chiropractic treatment. The goal is to provide patients with passive treatments to manage pain and promote healing.
Who pays for physiotherapy treatments after a car accident?
Once a claim is approved, the cost of therapy will be paid by your motor vehicle insurance provider. If there is a private or employee health plan available, all invoices are required to be sent to those parties and MVA insurance will pay the balance.
Physiomobility is licensed by FSRA (Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario) formerly known as FSCO (Financial Services Commission of Ontario) to provide treatments for injuries related to Motor Vehicle Accidents (MVA) and directly bill the insurance companies. Overall, physiotherapy aims to improve the patient’s functional abilities, reduce pain, and promote healing. It is essential to consult with a qualified physiotherapist who can create a personalized treatment plan based on the individual’s specific needs and condition. Reach out to us today at 416-444-4800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your appointment and embark on your journey towards a pain-free future.