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Treatment For Motor Vehicle Accidents
Whiplash is the most common or well known motor vehicle accident related injury. Serious neck muscle and ligament damage can occur in a motor vehicle accident due to the force and sudden movement of the head and neck.
Whiplash injuries can vary greatly from person to person depending on the accident and the health and fitness of the person involved.
Chiropractic treatment for motor vehicle accidents in Alberta is covered by your auto insurance provider for a minimum of 10 visits for minor injuries under the Alberta Diagnostic Treatment Protocols Regulation.
How do I receive motor vehicle accidents treatment?
Within 10 days of the collision:
- File an injury accident report with the police.
- Seek treatment from a primary health care provider (PHCP): chiropractor, physical therapist or physician. If your injury is considered minor (i.e. sprain, strain or minor whiplash injury), you do not need authorization from your insurer. You may begin treatment immediately and your insurance company will be billed directly.
- File the appropriate forms with your insurer. Forms are available from your chiropractor, insurer or insurance broker.
- If you have any questions, please contact your auto insurance company and ask about your MVA health care coverage under Section B.
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Physiotherapists & Ankle Sprains
While they are common, this doesn’t lessen their negative impacts. Surprisingly, having poor balance might be increasing your risk of ankle sprains.
Here we discuss a few facts about balance and what you can do to reduce your risk of ankle injuries.
Our ankles have to support our entire body weight when standing on one foot. To provide us with agility as well as stability, our ankles have the ability to move from side to side as well as back and forwards.
There is a complicated process constantly operating to keep your foot in the correct
position while supporting all this weight, particularly with quick changes of direction, activities done on tiptoes, jumping and landing.
If the ankle rolls excessively inwards or outwards, the ligaments on the outside of the ankle can be damaged and torn.
Balance is an important part of keeping the ankle in the correct alignment and not twisting too far to either side during challenging activities.
A study of high school basketball players by Timothy McGuine et al. in 2010 showed that students with poor balance were up to seven times more likely to sprain their ankle than students with good balance.
Other studies have shown that balance training is an effective way of preventing falls in elderly populations.
Balance can vary from one leg to the other.
Most of us tend to favour one side of our body for all activities. This is more obvious in the upper body, with most of us identifying as either left or right handed.
The same is also true for our lower body, with each of us favouring one leg over the other for balance activities. This can mean that one leg has better balance and strength than the other, leaving the other leg more vulnerable to injury.
Reduced balance can mean your body has to work harder to perform activities, with muscles activating in a less coordinated way.
Improving your balance can also improve your body’s efficiency of movement, which can, in turn, improve your overall performance without actually improving your muscle strength.
Balance can be trained rapidly.
Balance is one of the most overlooked dimensions of physical health however, the good news is that it can be improved relatively quickly. Do a quick check to see if you can stand on each leg for two minutes with your eyes closed.
If this is difficult you might find that improving your balance is a great next step in your training program.
Your physiotherapist is able to identify any deficits in your balance and is able to develop a training program for you to improve your balance.
Come and see us for an appointment to see how we can help.
None of the information in this article is a replacement for proper medical advice. Always see a medical professional for advice on your individual injury.
Four Surprising Causes of Neck Pain
Here are a few common everyday activities that might be making your neck pain worse.
- Your Sleeping Position…
It’s easy to underestimate the impact your sleeping position has however, spending hours in one position will undoubtedly have an effect on your body.
Pillows that are too high or too flat can mean your cervical joints are sitting at the end of their range in too much flexion or extension.
Similarly, sleeping on your stomach often means your thoracic spine is locked into extension and your neck is fully rotated. In simpler terms, this means your joints are under more stress than necessary.
Ideal sleeping posture allows your spine to maintain it’s natural curves.
2. Your daily commute
Many of us make sure our work stations are ergonomically set up to reduce stress and strain throughout the day. Few of us take the same consideration when it comes to driving. In fact, the set up of your car can be just as important as your work-desk, particularly if you are driving more than 30 minutes everyday.
The correct setup in your car can mean you use less effort to drive and turn your head less often to check traffic. Ensuring that your steering wheel, seat and mirrors are set up correctly could make a difference to your posture and even perhaps reduce neck pain and headaches.
If you find that driving is still affecting your pain after making these changes, try catching public transport or riding a bike on alternative days.
3. Your downtime
Many of us unwind by watching TV or our laptops at the end of the day. Your position during this time can be something you give little thought to however, looking up to view a screen mounted on a wall or looking down at a small screen or laptop can put pressure on the upper structures of the neck.
Take a few minutes to consider what posture you’re sitting in before settling down to binge watch a series and see if you can either lower the height of your screen or raise it slightly so your neck can be in a more neutral position.
4. Your exercise routine
Any activity that requires sustained positions or repetitive neck movements can contribute to neck pain.
Cyclists can be stuck in neck extension while looking ahead and breast stroke swimmers can also have excess neck extension. Freestyle swimmers with reduced thoracic or neck rotation can have difficulty achieving rotation when breathing which can cause pain and discomfort over time.
Your physiotherapist is able to identify any daily habits or activities that might be contributing to your neck pain. Come and see us for a Physiotherapy Calgary appointment to see how we can help.
None of the information in this article is a replacement for proper medical advice.
Always see a medical professional for advice on your individual injury.