After a car crash
If you have been in a car crash you may have experienced the most common injury to the upper spine and neck. Common symptoms include joint pain, muscle pain, headaches, arm pain and leg pain. These symptoms occur when the vertebral joints and associated muscles and nerves are subjected to uncommon forces and movements associated with a car crash. It is important that you have an examination by your family chiropractor as soon as possible to support the recovery process.
Consult your family chiropractor for further information as soon as possible after a car crash. All injury reports will be provided by your chiropractic doctor.
After the Crash
- Some people develop pain, stiffness and other symptoms 7-10 after an accident. This is not unusual, however, do not delay in seeking treatment from your chiropractic doctor.
- Severe symptoms such as headache or arm/leg pain are also common. Advise your chiropractic doctor as soon as possible
- It is important to be aware that the effects of substantive crashes may recur over 6-18 months. Symptoms and effects will lessen gradually.
- For most people, the pain and other symptoms associated with spinal injury usually decreases with gradual return to normal activity.
- Most injuries are not serious and people often recover to their pre-accident condition. The amount of disruption to normal activities varies with the circumstances of the crash.
Diagnosis and treatment
Consult your chiropractor for examination, diagnosis and to discuss your recovery options. Your chiropractor may recommend steps to treat any pain you experience including:
- Necessary spine and related care
- Modification to current activities
- Home stretching and strengthening exercises
- Ergonomic advice
Once you and your chiropractor have agreed on a treatment plan, it is important that you follow your chiropractor’s advice to support the recovery process.
Once your claim is confirmed, you get immediate approval for necessary chiropractic treatment. In addition, ICBC will pay your chiropractor directly — which means you won’t be charged any additional office visit fees. This option is available if your claim occurred on or after June 1, 2009. It’s your choice to use the new option or the current fee for service payment plan.
How do the options work?
ICBC will pay for your necessary chiropractic treatments in one of two ways: New service delivery and compensation plan
- ICBC will pay a lump sum directly to your chiropractor.
- You will not be charged any additional office visit fees, while participating in the program.
- Your adjuster does not need to approve ongoing treatments as long as seek care within 8 weeks of the accident.
- Current fee-for-service plan
- ICBC will pay $22.27 for your first chiropractic visit and $17.35 for subsequent treatments. You’ll be responsible for any additional office visit fees charged by the chiropractor.
- Your adjuster needs to approve ongoing treatments.
What do I have to do?
The new option is available from participating B.C. chiropractors. A list of participating chiropractors is available at the ICBC website or through your claims adjuster. If you’d like to participate in the new option or have any questions, please ask your chiropractor.