A Quick Guide for when you have been in a Motor Vehicle Accident (MVC) - Nose Creek Sport Physiotherapy, Calgary
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A Quick Guide for when you have been in a Motor Vehicle Accident (MVC)

People often do not know what to do after they have been in a MVC. Here are some early rehabilitation management recommendations:

  1. Make sure to report the accident at your local police station.
  2. Call your Insurance agent.
  3. You must see your Physiotherapist within 10 days of your collision, regardless of who is at fault.

Here are some of the injuries you should be aware of right after you have been in a MVC:

  1. The ice sharp pains, heat dull aches and try to really slow down the first week of recovery to reduce swelling in the tissue.
  2. Do gentle, pain free ROM exercises 5 – 10 times depending on pain experience, do 5 if painful, 10 if feeling better, 3 – 6 times per day.
    1. Neck – forward – looking down, backward – looking up, and rotation (shoulder checking) both ways through the neck.
    2. Upper back/trunk – gentle, slow rotation with your arms across your chest.
  3. Walking is another great activity that will increase the blood flow through the body and speed up your recovery. Walk for 10 minutes, 3 – 6 times per day.

The sooner you get started, the faster your recovery. So if you, your friends, family or work colleagues have been in a MVC lately, tell them to give us a call to get them moving faster and feeling better.

Make sure that all of your family members buckle up to reduce severe injury. If you get into a MVC, give us a call at Thorncliffe at 403.275.7728 or at Beddington at 403.295.8590 to book your MVC Physiotherapy Assessment within 10 days of your collision. Remember to ice your neck for 15 – 20 minutes, 3 – 6 times a day, for the first few days to calm down the swelling and bleeding in your muscle tissues. Drive safe and take care.

Blair Schachterle BScPT, Dip Manip PT, Dip Sport PT, FCAMPT, CGIMS

Blair has been a Physiotherapist at Nose Creek Sport Physiotherapy since 2001. Blair graduated from the University of Alberta with a BScPT in 1992. He has focused on Orthopaedic Manual Therapy and Sport Therapy. Blair completed his Sport Therapy Diploma in 1997, and his Advanced Manual and Manipulative Diploma in 1998. Blair is also certified for IMS (Intramuscular Stimulation) Dry Needling. Blair has a keen interest in active rehabilitation of recent and chronic, spinal and peripheral, joint and muscle injuries. He enjoys treating upper neck pain that is associated with cervical tension headaches, sciatica (pinched nerve in lower back), shoulder injuries and traumatic knee injuries. Blair previously served for 6 years as the Executive Chair of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Therapy (CAMPT).

Blair balances his busy professional life by staying active. He enjoys cycling, swimming, working out, hiking, camping and snowboarding, depending on the season. Blair shares his free time with his wife, son and daughter outside on the weekends. He has learned to enjoy the journey, as life really is too short.
Blair Schachterle BScPT, Dip Manip PT, Dip Sport PT, FCAMPT, CGIMS

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