Taking Care of Yourself After a Car Accident

It happens. And it sucks. 

With around 18,000 Albertans sustaining injury every year because of motor vehicle accidents, many of us know the stress and pain they can cause. Edmonton roads are no picnic, and sometimes, slipping and sliding is unavoidable despite how cautious we are.

At Optimize, we aim to bring a positive outlook to a negative situation. Our team helps you navigate the treatment process all the way through, so you can build back your quality of life after a car accident.

Injury Insights 

Car accidents cause a wide range of long-term and debilitating symptoms. Beyond emotional and mental trauma, physical pain or limitations can be felt immediately or unfold days or months following a crash. The good news? Most of these injuries can be treated very effectively through physiotherapy, massage therapy and chiropractic care.

The key is coming in for treatment as soon as possible—some physical injuries may not show until later. Immediate treatment can prevent minor injuries from spiralling into further complications. The most common injuries we treat are:

Whiplash – This is most well-known, whiplash happens when the body is moved suddenly, which causes injury to the muscles, tendons, and other soft tissues in the neck. It can be painful and take several weeks or months to heal.

Low Back Sprain/Strain – During a crash, sudden, strong impacts on the spine can cause stress that can damage the ligaments and surrounding muscle tissue. This can lead to significant pain, limited range of motion, and muscle spasms.

Knee Trauma – Blunt force can seriously injure the kneecap and ligaments. This can be complex and extremely painful, causing bruising, reduced strength, and a limited range of motion.  

Long-Term Damage – In addition to increasing flexibility, strength, and mobility, physiotherapy is a champion of prevention! We can reduce the risk of further complications, including migraines, pain with daily movement and chronic pain. Just ask how we can help.

Making it Easier

At Optimize, our team focuses not just on the physical treatment of injury, but also on helping you navigate the process following an accident. All the required forms? We guide you. Direct billing? We got your back (ha!). 

Then our physiotherapists, massage therapists, and our chiropractor take it from there to get you feeling better. Because until the day that car accidents are eliminated, we’ll be here making them not suck quite as much.

Did you know? Many people believe you must visit the clinics recommended by your insurance company—that’s not the case! You can choose to go to any clinic for physio. Our team can help with your direct billing and of course, the treatment plan unique to you and your injury.

Got a question? Need an appointment? Let us help you through your  car accident injury.