Motor Vehicle Accidents
Updated: Sep 16, 2020
You've been hurt in a car, now what?
Out of the blue, we are in a crash.
So I was just in a car crash.. now what? Who do I call? Should I get checked? What if I feel OK?
Car accidents are always out of the blue and we often feel blindsided in more than one way. We are going to try and guide you through the process so your not all alone.
This seems like the logical first step after you are involved in an accident. It is a wise place to start once everything emergent is under control. Take as many notes as you can as soon as you feel able to because details about the accident will fade quickly and having as close to the accident recorded details will prove to be helpful. http://www.icbc.com/claims/Pages/Report-a-claim-online.aspx is a good resource to get you started.
Keep in mind that Chiropractors are considered primary access clinicians which means you do not need a referral to see one. If you are injured in an accident then you can go to your Chiropractor before you even call ICBC.
"I feel fine"... your heart is racing your stressed and your adrenaline is up. You feel fine, of course you do. Immediately after an accident people often report feeling okay, and it isn't for a couple of weeks that they start to feel the effects of the trauma that they have experienced. Pain is only one of the symptoms that shows us something might be wrong. Neurological assessment is just one of the things that could help to find out any other problems that might be hiding below the surface. It is better to be safe than sorry, ICBC pays for Chiropractic treatment after a claim, use it! Being assessed after an accident could save you a fair amount of trouble later in the claims process. Make sure that everyone in the car is assessed kids and babies can be affected as well. Treatment will vary on a number of factors including age of the injured person, and severity of injury.
Different treatments may include soft tissue therapy, spinal manipulation/mobilization, active rehabilitation, nerve-desensitizing techniques, pain education, and cognitive-behavioral therapy/mindfulness strategies. If a concussion is suspected you’ll undergo a cognitive rest protocol similar to that of sport-related concussions. This is typically two days full cognitive rest, followed by a graded return to activities as tolerated by symptoms.
Click on each of the above therapies for a link to more information regarding its safety and effectiveness.
If you have further questions check out this resource from the BC chiropractic association.
Take care out there, and make sure that if things go sideways that you keep your Doctor of Chiropractic in the loop.
About the author
Author Dr. Spencer Devenney is a Chilliwack Chiropractor, who graduated in 2009 from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) He has a clinical interest in all things mechanical, IE his motto is if it hurts to move it bring it to your chiropractor first. He really loves to write, and has been told that he writes the way he speaks… informal and down to earth. We overheard a patient talking to her daughter and she said “I basically feel like your brother just worked on my back, He is such a nice guy”! (Don’t worry we asked her if we could quote her and she was FINE with that…)