Motor Vehicle Accident Injuries
Thousands of motor vehicle accident injuries are reported in Canada each month and, based on their severity, can require various types of car accident rehabilitation in order to recover. Ottawa is no stranger to car accident injuries. In 2019, the Ottawa Police Department reported 2.637 motor vehicle accidents with reported injuries
The types of car accident injuries possible can vary based on the severity of the crash, including whether or not the driver or passengers were wearing seatbelts and the speed of any vehicles involved.
Some injuries include:
- Whiplash, headaches, or concussion
- Broken or sprained bones
- Neck and back pain
No matter how you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, it is important to see a doctor as soon as possible to create a record of your injury and to ensure any hidden injuries can be found. Some injuries, such as back pain, can appear days after a car accident. The City of Ottawa and the Highway Traffic Act have certain procedures put in place regarding motor vehicle collisions.
Often when a motor vehicle injury occurs, victims will go to the emergency room to seek quick emergency care. In many cases, though, unless a bone is broken, most pain is given anti-inflammatories or pain killers as a blanket treatment. In some cases, victims go home with some prescription medications and don’t receive the proper treatment and car accident rehabilitation they need to recover.
From there, it can take days, weeks, or even months of laying in bed with reduced range of motion, soreness, pain, and other symptoms that are only being covered up by pain medications. Reaching out to Ottawa therapists who specialize in accident recovery can help determine why you’re in pain, where the pain is coming from, and come up with a plan of action that will get you feeling better much sooner.
When should I reach out to a qualified therapist as part of my car accident recovery?
It is important to begin your recovery immediately after a motor vehicle collision. The sooner you seek help, the less time it could take to heal and less likely the injury will worsen. Speaking to a qualified therapist as part of your overall car accident rehabilitation is suggested.
Ottawa Chiropractors often work with injuries associated with motor vehicle accidents. They can help ease the pain associated with neck or back trauma. Chiropractors work with their patients to pinpoint the source of the pain and can use multiple techniques such as spinal adjustments to ease this pain, physical rehabilitation, muscle therapy and more. They can also help prevent further damage from occurring, which can often happen if injuries are left untreated and/or proper care is not taken to lessen any strains or realign the spine. Chronic conditions can often happen further down the road even from the smallest of injuries.
Seeking care by a qualified practitioner can be vital to your prognosis. It can also help encourage a speedy recovery and a more effective post-collision healing process.