In Alberta, you can see a physiotherapist for an initial MVA injury assessment and start treatment even before you see your family doctor. Your insurance company will request you send them the report of your accident and injuries form (an AB-1) within 10 days of the date of the accident. Global Physiotherapy can provide you with this form and fax it to your insurance adjuster with the physiotherapy assessment and treatment form (AB-2).
Motor vehicle insurance companies recommend starting MVA rehabilitation as soon as possible, as this will help you recover from your injuries more quickly. Most people who seek motor vehicle accident physiotherapy within 30 days of their accident qualify for “protocol treatment.” As a result, Global Physiotherapy can direct bill your insurance company for the MVA assessment and treatments.
The priority of an assessment after a motor vehicle accident is to identify all areas of the body that have been injured and determine the severity of the injuries. The first visit can be demanding, due to the need to evaluate all spinal areas as well and the leg and arm joints and muscles. We will also test nervous system function, as this shows the grade of the injuries to the spine. Our goal is to ensure that your AB2: Physiotherapy Treatment Plan is complete. This will help you and your insurance company know what to expect regarding your recovery from the motor vehicle collision.
WAD is the term used to describe injuries sustained after an MVA. It stands for whiplash associated disorder and includes all the spinal areas. Global Physiotherapists devote an hour of one-to-one time to the first assessment and treatment — this is longer than at most physiotherapy clinics. A detailed mobility evaluation will include standard measurements and tests for the spine, joints, muscles, and nerves. You’ll also receive questionnaires to help us identify how your injuries are impacting your daily activities. We will analyze and explain all of this information with you.
If you have minor mobility restrictions and pain in the spine, you’ll receive a WAD 1 diagnosis. If you have an injury to just a shoulder or knee that causes you some pain and movement restrictions but no spinal injuries, you will receive a sprain/strain diagnosis. These two injuries usually require less treatment to recover to close to your pre-accident level of function.
The most common diagnosis we see after an MVA is WAD 2. This means one or more areas of the spine has limited movement and pain. You may also suffer from headaches. At Global Physiotherapy, we often find that clients have limited shoulder and mid-back motion combined with neck pain. Your lower back may also be injured. The intense effort of braking in an auto collision can cause a sprain to the sacroiliac joints and hips.
When you test positive for nerve impairment, you receive a WAD 3 injury diagnosis. This is less common and is considered “out of protocol.” Another injury that is considered out of protocol is a fracture. Your physiotherapist will explain the billing arrangements required for such a diagnosis.
You can request an out-of-protocol assessment from your motor vehicle insurance adjuster to obtain a new perspective on your persistent injuries and symptoms. Global Physiotherapy’s experienced physiotherapists will complete a comprehensive assessment and submit an AB2 treatment plan to your insurance company. Our staff are familiar with the challenges of injuries that have not been resolved after three or more months of treatment. Our combination of state-of-the-art healing technology, advanced physiotherapy, and acupuncture skills with one-on-one treatment has helped other clients with persistent motor vehicle injuries return to their activities.
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