Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) Treatments

What to do immediately after a car crash

Car accidents, also known as motor vehicle accidents (MVA), can be stressful and lead to chronic pain and costly treatments. Acting quickly ensures receiving timely medical attention and securing your entitled motor vehicle accident (MVA) benefits.

Regardless of whether you were at fault, you are entitled to accident benefits coverage of up to 21 covered treatments, as long as they are claimed within 90 days of your accident. 

After submitting details to your insurance provider, book an appointment as soon as possible. Our team can do an assessment, recommend a holistic, whole-body approach tailored to your situation and help you navigate the insurance process. 

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Common motor vehicle accident (MVA) injuries and symptoms

Immediately after an accident has happened, you may feel fine. However, this can be caused by your body releasing adrenaline and masking your pain. According to the Government of Alberta, 9.5% of car crashes resulted in non-fatal injuries. The longer you wait, the worse your pain may be. It’s important to monitor yourself for any symptoms over the next few days and seek treatment as quickly as possible.

Some common injuries you may experience include:

  • Whiplash
  • Concussions
  • Vertigo
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Scrapes and cuts
  • Head injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Chest injuries
  • Spinal injuries
  • Internal bleeding
  • Psychological trauma

Your personalized approach will combine Chiropractic Care, Physiotherapy, Massage Therapy and Acupuncture. Each technique is used to address your situation, which will be discussed during your initial assessment. The aim is to reduce pain, improve mobility and restore your physical and cognitive function.

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Treatments for car accident injuries

Experience personalized care from your wellness team

Depending on your situation, you may require a combination of Chiropractic Care, Physiotherapy, Massage Therapy and Acupuncture. Following a thorough assessment, we will build a team who will work together to provide coordinated care. Your team will stay in constant communication and adjust your approach based on how you’re responding to your appointments. Our priority is to ensure you return to wellness as soon as possible.

Your customized approach will depend on your situation. Some techniques could include:

Shockwave Therapy

Utilize focused acoustic waves to promote healing and alleviate discomfort.


Stimulate specific points, decrease muscle tension and increase blood flow in your body to support wellness and restore balance.

Dry Needling

Target trigger points with thin needles to release muscle tension and promote relaxation.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

Traditional Chinese herbs supplement your treatment to aid with restoring the balance in your body.

Muscle Release Therapy

Targeted techniques to release muscle tension and promote improved mobility and flexibility. This therapy uses specialized manual approaches to address areas of muscle tightness, providing relief and supporting optimal muscle function.

Receive your maximum accident benefits coverage

Our team is experienced in dealing with the process of claiming your coverage. While you focus on your wellness, we’ll file the forms and reports you need to ensure you receive the most benefits possible.

Address your pain with a holistic approach

At Back to Motion, we consider your physical, mental and emotional well-being. It can be common to experience psychological distress after a car crash and we are here to help. Our clinic strives to provide a welcoming, inclusive environment. We also believe in empowering our patients through education. Your team will incorporate prevention and maintenance into your appointments, helping you achieve a proactive approach to your health.

Insurance and billing for motor vehicle accident injury treatment

Under the Diagnostic and Treatment Protocols Regulation, the Government of Alberta offers covered treatments for sprains, strains and certain whiplash-type injuries. With this, you are entitled to 10-21 treatments as long as they are claimed within 90 days of your accident.

To claim your treatments:

  1. Book your assessment. Our team will ensure you have completed the appropriate forms, such as the AB-1 form (Notice of Loss and Proof of Claim Form). We will then conduct a thorough assessment of your situation and medical history so that we can complete an AB-2 form (Treatment Plan Form) for you. We’ll also discuss the desired outcome of your appointments.

2. Process your claim: Your claim will be assessed under the DTPR. If approved, your insurer will be billed directly and we’ll handle the rest.

If you are not approved, coverage may be available through extended health benefits or an insurer. We are happy to answer any questions.

3. Your post-car accident treatment: We will review your personalized approach so that you understand what the next few weeks will entail. Your wellness team will constantly assess your body and its response, adjusting as needed to meet your goals. All assessments are sent to your insurance provider.

Cost for Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) Treatments

In most cases, your treatments will be direct billed to your insurance. Once you are approved for coverage, our team will handle the claims process, ensuring you won’t have to pay out of pocket for care. While some clinics may require upfront payments outside of your covered visits, we direct bill everything for your ease of mind.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know which treatments are right for me after a car accident (MVA)?

The appropriate treatments will depend on your situation. Your wellness team will conduct a thorough assessment to determine the most effective approach.

Can I receive a combination of treatments for my MVA injuries?

Yes, many patients benefit from a combination of Chiropractic Care, Physiotherapy, Massage Therapy and Acupuncture. These treatments can complement each other and work together to address pain, inflammation and mobility issues while promoting overall wellness.

How long will it take to experience relief from my MVA injuries?

This will vary depending on factors such as the nature of your situation, your overall health and your body’s response to our approach. Some patients may experience relief in a few weeks, while others may require ongoing care for several months or longer. We can give you a better estimate based on your individual circumstances.

Are there any risks or side effects associated with these treatments?

While Chiropractic Care, Physiotherapy, Massage Therapy and Acupuncture are generally considered safe, there may be some risks or side effects. These can include temporary soreness, discomfort or, in rare cases, injury. Therefore, it is important to discuss any concerns with us so we can weigh the potential risks and benefits.

How can I maximize the effectiveness of these treatments after an MVA?

To maximize the effectiveness of your personalized care approach, we recommend:

  • Following our recommendations
  • Attending all scheduled appointments and therapy sessions.
  • Performing any prescribed home exercises or self-care techniques.
  • Maintaining open communication, reporting any concerns or changes in your situation.
  • Prioritizing a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet, regular exercise, stress management and adequate sleep, to support your body’s healing process.

What happens if I miss an appointment?

Our cancellation policy allows for changes or cancellations up to 24 hours before your appointment. Late cancellations or no-shows may be subject to a cancellation fee. We understand that unforeseen circumstances can arise, so please contact us as soon as possible if you need to reschedule.

Please note that motor vehicle accident (MVA) insurance requires us to report every missed, rescheduled or canceled appointment. This could impact your coverage or result in the denial of further coverage, so please attend as many appointments as you can. 

Have more questions? We’re happy to help.

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