Recovering From a Car Accident – Where Do I Start?
The consequences of a motor vehicle accident (MVA) can vary from mild whiplash lasting a few weeks, to life changing injuries requiring ongoing care. The hours and days following an MVA can be difficult and confusing. Not only are you and your family dealing with the physical consequences of the accident, you also have to navigate an unfamiliar insurance and treatment system to access the care that you need. The first thing you need to do is choose a provider for your recovery. This very important step can be difficult for some people. The following information will help you with that decision.
When dealing with significant injuries, you want to be sure you are seeing clinicians that deal with these types of injuries regularly. There can physical and cognitive deficits following an MVA. It is important that the clinicians you work with are qualified to identify all of the problems related to your accident and tailor your treatment plan to address the issues you are having.
Communication is Key
Following a car accident there are many people to keep in the loop. It is important to work with a team that will ensure everyone is on the same page. You may have multiple clinicians working to help you, your physician, employer, insurance company and in some cases your legal team may need to be kept informed. When making a choice be sure to choose a team that is committed to communicating with everyone involved to keep your recovery on track.
Health care providers that are well equipped to work with MVA patients will be registered with FSCO (Financial Services Commision Of Ontario). This registration makes it easier for the organization to communicate with your insurer swiftly and allows them to bill the company directly, making the administrative process much simpler for the patient.
Convenience = Compliance
Recovery from a significant trauma takes time and treatment. The provider you choose should be as convenient as possible and avoid barriers that will become irritating over time. At Therapia we treat patients in the comfort of their own homes, at times that work for them. We believe in making the process as easy as possible for the patient. Treatment at home offers the additional benefit of allowing your Physiotherapist to directly see how your injuries are impacting your everyday life and provide strategies to accelerate your return to normal function.
Deciding who will provide your rehab is an important step. At Therapia we believe in making the process as easy as possible on the patient so that they can focus on their recovery. If you have questions about the process, give us a call.