Motor Vehicle Accident FAQs
If you’ve been in a motor vehicle accident (MVA) and sustained an injury, you’re likely going to require some physical therapy in your recovery. But what modalities are best for you and your unique situation? Do you need a massage therapist? A physiotherapist? Would you benefit from aquatic therapy? What therapies would best fit with any comorbidities like concussion or PTSD or diabetes? How can you decide between this clinic and that? There are so many questions to be answered! We’re here to help. Here are the answers to the most frequently asked questions we get regarding MVA rehab:
Can You Help With All the Paperwork?
Short answer: Yes. All of it! We handle billing directly with insurance companies to make your life easier.
Is Aquatic Therapy Good For Recovering From a Motor Vehicle Accident?
Short answer: yes.
Long answer: Whether your injuries are minor or quite severe, aquatic therapy can help in your rehabilitation journey. Why?
- The water reduces your bodyweight by 70% enabling you to do more exercises with less strain and force on your joints. In water, the impact is just 1x your body weight (compared to 2.5x – 3.5x that of your body weight on land).
- Poolwork allows those who’ve been in a motor vehicle accident the ability to walk (or run) unaided; the buoyancy reduces both vertical and horizontal force, so they can become active earlier and in a safe, supported environment.
- The water takes gravity out of the equation, enabling patients to squat, lunge, walk, and bend (think: functional everyday movements!) in ways that are unachievable on land
- Warm water can be therapeutic to your injuries!
- Rehab in the pool builds confidence! As one progresses in the water, and starts to move their body like they could pre-accident, they build confidence that can translate out of the pool as well.
Should Aquatic Therapy be Done Instead of Physiotherapy or Massage?
Short answer: It depends.
Long answer: We take an integrated approach to build a unique treatment plan for your injuries and circumstances.
You may hear some facilities refer to their interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary approach. But too often this is siloed. That is, the disciplines are separate and distinct. “We have a variety of disciplines.” Great… but so does a Shoppers Drug Mart. They have 1,000 aisels, and they don’t all really work together.
Hydrathletics takes an integrated approach. For example, if you come in for massage therapy, your athletic therapist can talk to that expert and/or access the clinical notes. The kinesiologist can weigh in. We collaborate so you have the benefit of multiple practitioners’ brains working together on your treatment plan. Each is an expert in their field, and each can provide target recommendations for your recovery.
With a traditional approach, you may see a massage therapist here. A physical therapist there. A kinesiologist over there. How often do they collaborate? How much do they know about what the others are doing? How do they know they are providing treatment that complements and strengthens the effects of your other therapies? It can be a guessing game, and we hate those.
This approach allows us to spend the time we need with you to address your unique needs. And if you thought our assessment was thorough, check out our sessions. At a typical physio, for example, you may go in, get hooked to a machine, and you’re out the door in 10 minutes. At Hydrathletics, plan on sticking around for 30 minutes to an hour. This is your time, and you will work one-on-one with your practitioner in a supervised, safe environment.
Our goal is to give you what you need to recover and take steps towards your goals, whether that means going back to work or resuming your marathon training.
How Long Will My Recovery Take?
Short answer: It depends.
Long answer: Your recovery will be contingent on a number of factors: the nature and extent of your injury, your treatment and adherence to that treatment, how your body responds to treatment, your goals, etc.
It’s not about the number of sessions; it’s about what we do in those sessions to maximize your results, strengthen your body, and prevent reinjury.
What’s different about Hydrathletics is that, in addition to our integrated approach, we have treatment rooms, aquatic therapy rooms, and a large gym space. Other clinics often have small treatment rooms, and they simply cannot bridge the gap between treatment and the court, field, or everyday activities. We are able to mimic those activities, safely, so you can make the transition to “real life” more seamlessly.
The Complexity of Motor Vehicle Accident Injuries
Car accident injuries are, in many ways, so much more complex than other injuries. You are not only contending with the physical aspect, very often, mental and emotional consequences as well. As mentioned, one of the most common injuries is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
There is a lot of fear, anxiety, anger, and feelings of “This is not fair!” No, it isn’t. With the right tools and support, though, you can work towards meaningful recovery. This means different things to different people. At Hydrathletics, we treat you and chart a course that will allow you to meet realistic, achievable goals.