Everything you need to know about ICBC active rehabilitation
There’s many exciting things happening at Royal Treatment Therapeutics. Besides expanding our incredible team of therapists, we are on the cusp of launching our new active rehabilitation service too. Starting later this month, our Registered Physiotherapist and Kinesiologist, Harjinder Kaur, will be offering active rehabilitation treatments to all ICBC patients with a referral note from their doctor.
While this is thrilling news to us, we realize you may be wondering what active rehab is and why it’s important. We want to keep you up to date with every treatment option our clinic provides, which is why we’ve compiled the top questions and answers surrounding active rehabilitation. Read on to find out what ICBC active rehabilitation does and how it can help you get back to an active, health life.
1) Who administers an active rehabilitation program?
Active rehabilitation treatments are provided by Registered Kinesiologists. These healthcare professionals are university educated and licensed by the British Columbia Association of Kinesiologists. They are also considered a recognized treatment provider by ICBC. As a result, ICBC funds active rehabilitation programs for eligible ICBC clients.
2) What is ICBC active rehabilitation?
In a nutshell, ICBC active rehabilitation is a customized exercise program designed to help you recover as quick as possible from a motor vehicle accident. This type of therapy is suitable for people still experiencing ongoing physical issues from a car accident, but no longer require acute care.
Kinesiologists create and implement these personalized programs to help you relieve pain and regain your postural strength and muscle endurance. Your one-on-one sessions will target areas most affected by your accident and usually involve full body training, stretching, and cardio training. Your Kinesiologist will put together an at-home exercise plan for you too, giving you the tools necessary to independently manage your injury.
3) What is the difference between a Kinesiologist and Physiotherapist?
It’s easy to get the two mixed up as they share some similarities. The key difference is that a Kinesiologist has an in-depth knowledge of body movement, rehabilitation, and strengthening, whereas a Physiotherapist is responsible for assessing, diagnosing, and treating patients with manual techniques and passive ones like needle work and electrical stimulation. Both are regulated health professionals and experienced prescribing therapeutic exercises. They also work together in most cases to integrate important clinical decisions into your rehabilitation program.
4) How do I get started with ICBC active rehabilitation?
The first thing you need to do is go to your doctor and ask for a referral note for active rehabilitation with a Kinesiologist. Once you receive that, please call our clinic at 604-437-7777. You will have to give our admin staff a number of details including your adjuster’s contact information, lawyer’s contact information (if you have one), and ICBC claim number. We’ll also need you to email or fax your referral note to us. From there, we will get in touch with your adjuster and request permission to have you assessed by our Kinesiologist. If we get the green light, we’ll contact you to set up your first appointment. After your initial assessment, your Kinesiologist will go back to your adjuster with a recommendation including the number of sessions required and duration of your program.