A motor vehicle accident can alter the course of your life and cause a range of long-lasting physical injuries that requires physiotherapy treatment to aid in recovery. For many people, the stress of dealing with an insurance claim, medical bills, and rehabilitation costs can add to their trauma and negatively impact recovery time.
Fortunately, ICBC (the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia) may cover some physiotherapy treatments related to motor vehicle accidents. If you have been injured in a car crash, ICBC will cover up to 25 physiotherapy appointments. To be eligible for coverage, you will need to see a physiotherapist from their list of approved providers. If you opt to work with a physiotherapist that charges more than the rate ICBC funds, you will have to pay the difference.
The rate ICBC covers are up to 94 dollars per visit and up to 111 dollars for the initial consultation. It is important to note that ICBC pre-approves a maximum of 25 physiotherapy sessions. These sessions must occur within a year of your ICBC claim, and the 25 sessions also include your initial visit. Keep in mind that the cost of ICBC visits does not cover cancellations. Therefore, you will need to pay out of pocket if you miss an appointment.
How Do Physiotherapy Treatments Help?
If you’ve been in a car accident and suffered broken bones, whiplash, a concussion, or other physical injuries, physiotherapy can help you recover faster and more effectively.
Physiotherapists use techniques to reduce pain, promote healing, and improve mobility. Common treatments include manual therapy (hands-on manipulation), exercises to strengthen muscles, heat/cold therapy, ultrasound therapy, and electrical stimulation.
With continued physiotherapy treatments, you can improve your range of movement and strength, reduce pain and swelling, restore normal joint motion, and improve overall health. At New Leaf Wellness, our team of experienced physiotherapists will create a personalized treatment plan to help you recover as quickly and safely as possible. We can also coordinate payments with ICBC to ensure your treatments are covered.
New Leaf Wellness offers a variety of therapies including physiotherapy, chiropractic, naturopathic, and massage therapy in a warm and compassionate environment in our Abbotsford location.
If you have any questions about this article or would like to make an appointment, please contact us.