Whiplash Treatment Program
What Is Our Calgary Whiplash Treatment Program?
Are you feeling pain in your neck from a car or motor vehicle accident? Frustrated and not sure what to do after your whiplash injury? Unhappy with the lack of progress you have made with your current treatment?
In the Calgary Whiplash Treatment Program, we have experienced physiotherapists and attentive administrative staff that allow you to focus on one thing: getting better from your whiplash injury. We work closely with your motor vehicle insurance company to provide seamless treatment of your whiplash injury. We are dedicated to providing treatment that is supported by the most up-to-date research and continually tracking your progress to achieve optimal recovery.
What is Whiplash?
Whiplash is a generalized term for a soft tissue injury to your neck following a sudden trauma to your neck. The most common whiplash injury is the result of a car accident. The symptoms of whiplash can be felt immediately after the motor vehicle accident or even 2 to 3 days after the accident.
Symptoms of whiplash can include pain in the neck, between the shoulder blades, and/or down the arm. Headaches and dizziness can also be experienced from a whiplash injury, as well as numbness or tingling in the arms or hands.
A car accident may also cause other injuries to the shoulder, low back, or other parts of the body. These other injuries may result in other areas of pain and may also contribute to whiplash symptoms and delay recovery from whiplash.
What happens in the Calgary Whiplash Treatment Program?
At your initial assessment, your physiotherapist focuses on determining a specific diagnosis of your whiplash injury, instead of just putting a generalized whiplash “label” on your injury. Our program believes that every whiplash injury is different from another whiplash injury. And hence, every whiplash injury requires a different treatment approach based on this specific diagnosis.
Many different structures may be injured in a motor vehicle accident, including the joints, ligaments, muscles, and nerves in your neck, upper back, and/or shoulders. Compensation strategies in your movement can occur immediately after an accident, and we seek to identify and correct these as soon as possible. Any other body parts in the car accident are also thoroughly assessed and addressed.
Treatment in the program is all hands-on, one-on-one treatment that includes a specific exercise program to get you moving as quickly and safely as possible.
In the program, key findings are used to track your progress throughout the program. If progress is not as expected, we work closely with your family doctor and/or refer you to other healthcare providers that can assist in your progress.
We keep you informed and answer any and all questions regarding your motor vehicle insurance coverage throughout the program.
At what stage after my car accident can I attend your Calgary Whiplash Treatment Program?
Research has shown that immediate treatment after a car accident results in a better recovery. If you are experiencing any pain or stiffness in your neck after a car accident, you may attend the Calgary Whiplash Treatment Program immediately after your accident.
The Calgary Whiplash Treatment Program also has a special interest in patients who continue to experience pain for many months or years following a motor vehicle accident, having failed other treatments or programs.
Can I attend your Calgary Whiplash Treatment Centre Program if I have had or am currently having treatment at another clinic?
Yes, you can attend the Calgary Whiplash Treatment Centre Program if you have attended another clinic. If you have attended another clinic for your whiplash injury, please inform our clinic administrators when booking your assessment. Our clinic administrators may need to contact your motor vehicle insurance company and/or the previous clinic to determine the amount of treatment coverage available.
It is normally advised to attend only one health care provider at a time during your course of treatment. However, if you desire to continue with your current health care provider while attending our program, please let your physiotherapist know, and your physiotherapist will communicate and work with your current provider to achieve optimal recovery.
Why should I attend the Calgary Whiplash Treatment Centre Program?
1) In the Calgary Whiplash Treatment Program, every motor vehicle accident patient is assigned an individual clinic administrator to deal with the patient’s insurance company. This helps alleviate the stress of dealing with your insurance company and knowing what to do, who to talk to, and what is happening during the course of your treatment.
2) Our experienced physiotherapists believe not every whiplash injury is the same, and as such, each whiplash injury needs to be assessed and treated differently. For example, oftentimes a whiplash patient is told to stretch their neck for pain relief, when, in fact, it may be detrimental to the long-term recovery of the whiplash injury. We focus on getting to know the core issues of the whiplash injury and treat accordingly.
3) We track your progress consistently and make appropriate changes to your treatment or further referrals quickly if needed.
4) At the Calgary Whiplash Treatment Program, we pride ourselves in providing thorough, trusted and exceptional service for those suffering from a whiplash injury. We are passionate and excited to see progress in the recovery from a whiplash injury.
How do I get started in attending your Calgary Whiplash Treatment Program?
Give our clinic a call at 403-455-4010 and tell the clinic administrator that you were involved in a car accident and you are seeking treatment for your injuries. The clinic administrator will inform you of all the forms you will need and help guide you through the process. The clinic administrator will then book an assessment appointment for you. We look forward to meeting you and helping you on your road to recovery!