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Rehabilitation after Motor Vehicle Accidents and Whiplash

I’ve been injured in an accident, what happens now?

If you have recently been involved in a car accident resulting in an injury, you will most likely be covered for physiotherapy under compulsory third party (CTP) insurance. This applies if you were the driver (regardless of fault) or a passenger, pedestrian or cyclist and have been hit by a motor vehicle. Here are some simple steps that you can take to gain access to appropriate treatment after your accident:

  • Inform a third party insurer
  • Complete any relevant forms provided by the insurer
  • Make an appointment to see your doctor at the earliest convenience. Your doctor will need to fill out a form regarding your injury within 28 days of the incident.
  • Your insurer will provide you with a claim number to give to your physiotherapist ans will usually pre-approve up to 2 appointments

Physiotherapy for Whiplash Injuries

Whiplash is a common term for an injury caused by a sudden sharp whipping movement of the head and neck without muscular control. It is often associated with motor vehicle accidents or other external forces and impact. The uncontrolled nature of these rapid movements can cause problems with the muscles, ligaments and joints of your neck and back. Symptoms may occur immediately after the incident, or appear several hours or days later. These symptoms can include neck pain, stiffness and/or tightness, shoulder pain, back pain, numbness of the arm, pins and needles, headaches, dizziness or ringing in your ears.

Recent research suggests the importance of early intervention with physiotherapy to maintain movement and regain muscular strength and postural control. It is recommended to make an appointment with your physiotherapist to discuss your symptoms so that they can provide you with appropriate treatment and exercise program. This will ensure that you can return to many of your normal daily activities as soon as possible.