A motor vehicle accident is one of the most terrifying situations anyone can experience, whether you’re a driver or passenger. Even incidents that appear minor to observers can cause long-lasting psychological trauma and/or physical injuries.
Road traffic accidents accounted for almost 153,000 injuries across Canada in 2018. Some of the most common include:
- bone fractures
- bruising or contusions
- internal bleeding
It can be incredibly difficult to resume your usual routine following a dangerous incident. Physical pain and mental issues may make working, caring for your children, or socializing harder than it has ever seemed before.
Fortunately, professional motor vehicle accident rehabilitation can help you move on. Here’s how.
An orthopedic assessment involves evaluating your range of motion and ability to move. You’ll be invited to perform a number of actions, such as walking from one side of a room to another, standing, bending, sitting, or climbing stairs.
This enables a therapist to understand what may be causing mobility issues or pain. Identifying the source can be difficult in some cases, so the length of an orthopedic assessment might vary from one patient to another.
It’s important to complete movements as fully as you can to provide the therapist with an honest insight into your injuries and level of discomfort.
Once an orthopedic assessment has been completed, your therapist will have a clearer understanding of your physical problem(s) and how they can create an effective treatment plan.
Understanding pain and identifying solutions
One of the biggest advantages of a motor vehicle accident rehabilitation service is a chronic pain assessment.
Coping with lasting discomfort caused by an impact or jolt can become easier with proper pain management, but it has to be understood first. A doctor or other care provider may not get to the root, and ultimately fail to prescribe the right treatment/medication.
But qualified therapists will conduct a comprehensive chronic pain assessment to determine the source of your discomfort. This empowers them with the insights to create a bespoke pain management plan for you.
They can focus on addressing physical problems through specific treatments. For example, massage therapy is an effective solution for helping to relieve tension or muscular discomfort following a car accident. It can also have a positive effect on your mental health if you’re suffering with stress.
Different treatment types for physical injuries
Numerous types of rehabilitative treatments are available. Professional therapists may be able to recommend one or more options suited to your complaint after conducting the necessary assessments. These will typically include certain forms of massage therapy or physiotherapy.
For example, one type of massage is Trigger Point Therapy. This involves releasing problematic knots of muscle tissue in specific areas which could be triggering chronic pain elsewhere.
Another potential option is a Sports Massage. This is often recommended for people with problems caused by extreme exertion or injuries when taking part in sporting activities. But it could prove beneficial for injuries related to motor vehicle accidents too.
Physiotherapy can also treat musculoskeletal injuries through controlled movements and exercises. It’s generally recommended for people affected by:
- limited mobility
- neck pain
- back pain
- frozen shoulder
Tailored techniques utilized during physiotherapy treatments may aid rehabilitation following even minor car accidents.
Another aspect of resuming your normal routine following a motor vehicle accident is returning to work. But this may not be possible in some situations. Particularly when an injury or its resulting pain will disrupt your ability to perform your duties in full.
As part of a motor vehicle accident rehabilitation service, a therapist will conduct a worksite assessment to determine if you’re capable of working in your existing role. This may involve speaking to your employer and colleagues to gain a comprehensive overview of your general tasks.
For example, if you work in construction, there’s a risk that a serious injury sustained during a car accident will prevent you working to your previous standard. You might struggle to lift heavy equipment, climb ladders, or lay bricks as you once did.
Even if you believe yourself capable, you could exacerbate an injury and make your situation worse.
Similarly, you may be unable to resume work if you experience mental health difficulties following a traumatic road traffic incident. A therapist will assess your worksite to ascertain whether or not you can continue to perform your core duties as before.
There are workarounds, though. Employers may be able to adjust your role so that you can come back to your position in a slightly different capacity. Alternatively, you might need longer to recover and prepare yourself mentally to resume your career.
In any case, a worksite assessment is a key element of a professional motor vehicle rehabilitation service. You can learn more about this when you speak to our therapists and undergo your initial assessment.
Helping with accident claims
Last but not least, a motor vehicle rehabilitation service involves helping you to make a claim.
Experienced therapists will talk you through the standard procedure and ensure you understand the process of filing your claim. Their assessment of your injuries and the impact the accident has had on your life could prove vital.
How to start your motor vehicle accident rehabilitation
Astra Healthcare is committed to helping people just like you overcome the physical and mental pain of a road traffic accident. We’ve worked with individuals from diverse age groups and lifestyles, catering to different types of injuries.
Our qualified, friendly team will aim to help cultivate improvements and guide you through the rehabilitation process carefully. We offer:
- worksite assessments
- orthopedic assessments
- chronic pain assessments and pain management
Our extensive range of therapeutic services includes:
This variety enables us to recommend one or more treatments to help you recover from your motor vehicle accident, depending on your unique requirements.
To learn more about Astra Healthcare’s services, just get in touch with our team today!