All Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) clients receive a detailed assessment that includes a biomechanical and functional physical evaluation. Each client’s treatment program is prescribed based on the analysis of the assessment findings along with work demands analysis (if applicable).
The goal is to restore the functional abilities needed for activities of daily living, work, and sport/recreation. Initial emphasis is placed on pain reduction and optimizing healing of injured tissues; as soon as possible, the client is given active/functional exercise to promote mobility and “participation” in the treatment. An ongoing passive approach to the rehab process will foster dependence – this is discouraged. The early goals include teaching the client skills to control their pain.
As rehab progresses emphasis is on education, flexibility, muscular conditioning, and aerobic exercise. The number of sessions required depends on certain variables including degree/chronicity of injuries, past history /pre-existing conditions, abilities, and needs.
Communication with the adjuster, attending physician, and other involved healthcare professionals is essential. The client is followed as they move back into normal activities; often a fitness program is implemented and follow-up with the physiotherapist may be required. Support during this phase of their rehabilitation is often crucial to their long-term success.