Car Accident Early Care
Most patients after a car accident suffer minor injuries which require exercise, activity modification, and conservative treatment. Recovery typically takes 6 to 8 weeks for simple injuries, and up to 12 weeks for more significant minor injuries. For patients where self-management is failing in the first 7 days, Early Physiotherapy Care is recommended. If you have suffered any injuries, contact our team and we can help. ask@albertaPT.com
What to do after a Car Accident
If you have been in a car accident, the most important task is to ensure you are in a safe area and seek medical care if you are injured. Navigating the Car Accident System can be confusing and frustrating. Below is your typical map to recovery:
- What to do at the Scene of the Collision
- Top 10 Self-Assessment Tests after a Car Accident
- Medical Evaluation – Physician or Physiotherapist
- Paperwork: The AB-1, AB-1A, AB-2
- Car Accident Physiotherapist – How Do I Choose?
- Typical Car Accident Injuries
- 10 Things to Optimize Recovery
If you stay active and listen to your body, most injuries will improve. The phases of recovery are in 3 stages: acute, sub-acute, re-modelling. The Acute Phase lasts up to 7 days and is a period where pain, swelling, and bleeding can increase. Your primary focus is to protect your injury from further damage. The Sub-Acute phase lasts up to 8 weeks and is a period where your body is repairing the injured tissue. Your primary focus is to keep things moving to reduce scar tissue and avoid activities which can cause re-injury. The Re-Modelling phase can take up to 6 months and is a period where your body is getting stronger. Your primary focus is to exercise consistently to maximize function.
Car Accident Complex Care
If you have been injured in a severe car accident and feel you will need to see a medical specialist, the Complex Care program is for you. Physiotherapy Care is completed by Senior Physiotherapists or Caleo Accredited Spinal Physiotherapists. Treatment is completed in collaboration with physicians and specialist. If you will like to learn more, email our team at ask@albertaPT.com
How to Access program
1. When you email our program, you will receive an acknowledgement reply within 1 business day. If you do not receive a reply, please contact one of our network clinics by phone. Specifically, state you were in a recent car accident and would like a Care Coordinator to call. Leave your email and phone number.
2. The Care Coordinator will send you some information to complete via email.
3. Depending on the results, you will be advised to:
– Seek immediate medical attention.
– Complete a Physical Therapy Whiplash Evaluation.
– Seek general advice and information with other resources/organizations.
4. If you are a candidate for the Car Accident Complete Care Program, you will be asked to schedule an appointment at a network clinic.
5. After your physical therapy evaluation, you will be provided treatment options.
6. If Red Flags are identified, the physiotherapist will send a report directly to your primary doctor and Caleo Health for review.
7. Conservative treatment will be coordinated by the Care Coordinator.
8. If conservative treatment fails, the physiotherapist will send a report to your doctor. Your doctor will determine the next steps. If Spinal Triage is recommended, our Care Coordinator will facilitate the process.
9. The wait time for Spinal Triage is approximately 8 to 12 weeks. To expedite the process, the Care Coordinator will connect with you and your health team to ensure all the required tests and forms are completed.
10. The recovery process after a car accident can be complex. It is important to stay active and use good judgment with activity modification.
Physiotherapy and Physician Collaboration
Patients in this program will complete 6 weeks of conservative physiotherapy. Patients failing to achieve therapeutic goals will be referred back to their Primary Physician. If indicated, Care Coordinator will arrange consultation with:
- Caleo Health (Spinal Triage)
- Physical Medicine
- Psychiatry/ Psychology
Surgeon and Medical Specialist Consultation Process
1. If you are in a car accident and it is a medical emergency, seek care immediately.
2. If you require an immediate specialist consultation, you will be reviewed at the hospital.
3. When you are discharged from the hospital, you are to follow up with your current primary care physician.
4. If your injury is not life threatening, consult a medical doctor within the first 48 hours.
5. If you feel your injuries are significant and you need to take time off work, discuss this with your doctor.
6. For all patients – stay active but modify your activities as needed.
7. If you feel that after the first week you are not progressing, consult a physiotherapist.
8. Follow up with your family doctor on a regular basis if your symptoms persist.
9. If you are failing to progress, you may need to see a specialist. Consult your doctor. A medical referral is required for this program.
10. For more information on the benefits of our program, contact our Care Coordinator.