CAR ACCIDENT INJURY TREATMENT PERTH AND ICWA CHIROPRACTIC
Injuries such as whiplash are a common result of car accidents or motor vehicle accidents (MVAs) in Perth.
While many patients are not aware, there are systems in place to help support you and assist with treatment if you are injured as a result of a motor vehicle accident and you are deemed not at fault.
INSURANCE COMMISSION OF WA (ICWA) CHIROPRACTIC IN PERTH
The ICWA provides compulsory third party (CTP) insurance for all drivers in Perth. This means that if you were not at fault during the accident and if your claim is accepted by the ICWA, they will cover the cost of your medical expenses (including Chiro & Physio treatment) for any injuries you sustain.
WHIPLASH INJURIES FOLLOWING MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENTS
Whiplash injuries after an MVA occur due to the acceleration-deceleration mechanism of energy transfer to the neck (back-and-forth movement of the head and neck). The high velocity movement can cause damage to structures of the neck, causing pain and other symptoms. Structures in the neck that can be susceptible to injury are the bones, discs, and joints of the cervical spine, the ligaments and muscles of the neck, and nerves and arteries that travel between the head and body through the neck.
Some common symptoms of whiplash include:
- Neck pain
- Ringing in ears (tinnitus)
- Changes or disturbances to vision
- Changes to sensation, temperature sensitivity or strength in arms and hands
- Pins and needles in arms and hands
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO IF YOU ARE INVOLVED IN A MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT?
1) Seek a medical assessment straight away
Despite how minor you think a car accident may have been, we strongly advise you to seek appropriate medical assessment from a Doctor including your general practitioner or a hospital emergency department if required.
2) Speak to the Insurance Commision of WA
As well as notifying your car insurance and exchanging insurance details with the other driver, we recommend contacting the ICWA and notifying them of the accident. More information on the claims process can be found here. Once your claim has been accepted by the ICWA you will be given a ‘claim number’ and you should be put in touch with a particular claims manager who will assist you further.
3) Seek further treatment to manage your injuries or symptoms
Once your claim has been accepted by the ICWA and you have been given a claim or reference number, you will be able to claim the cost of Chiro, Physio & Massage to help get you back on track.
ICWA CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT PERTH COMMON QUESTIONS
Do I need a referral for Chiro Treatment from my GP in order to have treatment covered under ICWA?
Generally despite common opinion you do not need a referral from your GP or Doctor to see us under ICWA. Once you have your claim and reference number you can simply book an appointment to see us and bring along all the paperwork and correspondence from ICWA.
Do you ‘bulk bill’ treatment to ICWA or will I have to pay a gap?
Yes we bulk bill all treatment covered under ICWA directly. We appreciate recovering from a whiplash and car accident can be very stressful, so we bill all costs directly to the ICWA saving you from having to pay for treatment and claim back later.
How many Chiro sessions will I be able to get under ICWA?
There is no exact answer to this question, but in our experience ICWA will fund any reasonable amount of treatment in order to assist you in making a full recovery. If in doubt our team will be happy to liaise directly with your ICWA case manager and discuss your treatment needs.
WHIPLASH TREATMENT AT FORTITUDE CHIROPRACTIC
In the acute (early) stage of injury, it is important to take the time to rest and recover, allowing for the inflammation in response to injury settle. As with a soft tissue injury you may get in another area of the body, the P.E.A.C.E & L.O.V.E principles can be applied to promote recovery and healing in the early stages. Gentle movements that do not push into painful ranges can be beneficial, but try to avoid any aggravating positions.
As pain and inflammation continue to settle, it is important to regain full range of motion of the neck and progressively begin to strengthen injured soft tissues.