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Ouch!! You've hurt your neck and/or back in a motor-vehicle accident. You are experiencing neck pain, headache, fatigue, muscle spasms, even back pain, shoulder pain, leg pain, all depending on what happened in the accident. It may hurt just holding your head up! You may be experiencing a Whiplash Associated Disorder (WAD).  WAD may include any of the above mentioned conditions. Chiropractors are trained in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of WAD.  Treatment follows established clinical guidelines and protocols.  Involved in a motor vehicle accident?

Injuries resulting from car accidents are quite common, and can have long lasting effects if not treated promptly.  Accidents may result in an inability to perform day-to-day responsibilities and cause lost work time. Often the effects of the accident are delayed and subtle at first, masking the need to seek medical attention. However, it is imperative, no matter how small the accident may seem, that you be medically evaluated as quickly as possible. This will then allow you to be treated in a necessarily timely fashion.

Our clinic takes great pride in returning patients to pre-accident functioning in a safe and efficient fashion, using the best scientific evidence available. A customized treatment program is developed for you, aimed at decreasing pain, increasing functioning, and preventing a re-occurrence of symptoms.

What to do after a motor vehicle accident (MVA)?

It can be overwhelming and scary to be in a motor vehicle accident. To help to decrease some of the confusion on the paperwork side, below are some steps you can take if injured in a car accident.

Step 1 - Report the motor vehicle accident to your insurer.

Step 2 – Book your with Dr. Mike Mattinen or Dr. Lyne Rivet and inform the office that you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident.

Step 3 -For new patients:   Please complete these office forms.  Additional paperwork may need to be completed when you are in the office.  Important information to provide to the clinic upon the first visit includes: Claim number, Date of accident, Adjuster’s name and contact information.

MOTOR VEHICLE FORMS & INFORMED CONSENT

PAIN & DISABILITY INDEX QUESTIONNAIRE

For current patients: let us know that you were injured in a car accident so that we may book extra time to discuss any new injuries and perform a physical examination of the injured area. Important information to provide to the clinic upon your visit includes: Claim number, Date of accident, Adjuster’s name and contact information.

Step 4 - In addition to the standard forms above, there are additional paperwork from your insurer that will need to be processed.  We will help assist in providing your insurance company with all the appropriate paperwork and statements.

Step 5 - If your treatment plan is approved by your insurer, then the cost for therapy is billed directly to the auto insurer. However, if you have extended health care benefits, the FSCO guidelines require that your extended health care insurance be billed first prior to billing your auto insurance.

The goal of treatment after a car accident is to return you to you pre-accident status.

For more information regarding how to proceed after a motor vehicle accident in Ontario, visit the FSCO website.

Common Injuries and Symptoms of Motor Vehicle Accident Injuries include:

  • Whiplash
  • Headaches
  • Shoulder pain
  • Wrist pain
  • Back pain
  • Leg pain
  • Sleep disorders
  • Traumatic stress disorders
  • Hand injuries
  • Ankle pain
  • Knee pain
  • Inflammatory chest trauma
  • Inflammatory conditions
  • Jaw pain