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ICBC Treatment

We will help you recover from your Motor Vehicle Accident.

If you have been involved in a vehicle accident either as a driver, passenger or pedestrian and have been injured, your physiotherapy may be covered by ICBC. You need to make an injury claim with ICBC. This can be done by phone, online or at an ICBC centre. Once this has been done, you will be given a claim number. Although you don’t need a referral from your doctor to start physiotherapy, we recommend that you should see your doctor as soon as possible after an accident.   In most cases physiotherapy should be started immediately. After a comprehensive assessment, your therapist will educate you about your injury; when and how much to move; when to resume activities such as work and recreational sports. Physiotherapy will help to settle your symptoms quickly to enable you to return to activity as soon as possible.

Most injury resulting from car accidents falls into the category of soft tissue injury. Soft tissue injury is a term used to describe injury or trauma to the musculoskeletal system (excluding fractures). The musculoskeletal system is defined as those parts of the body related to the muscles and skeleton. Soft tissue includes muscle, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments, joints, vertebral discs, and nerves. These structures work in synergy to provide stability and movement to the body. Damage to these structures is called a soft tissue injury.

Most whiplash injuries are a WAD 1 or 2 and the following concerns these grades only. It is important to have your condition assessed by your Physiotherapist before undertaking any self management of your injury.

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Burrard Physiotherapy one of the leading clinics in Vancouver and is home to 12 highly skilled physiotherapists, 2 massage therapists, kinesiologists, yoga instructor, pilates instructor and exercise therapists.

Whiplash Associated Disorders (WAD)

Whiplash is caused by the sudden forward/backward motion of the head that occurs at impact in an MVA. You may hear your injury described with a WAD classification. This relates to the extent and severity of the injury.

WAD 1:

  • Minor complaints of neck pain or stiffness short lasting,
  • No physical signs and vague location of pain
  • Normal range of motion.

WAD 2:

  • Neck pain and stiffness, muscle hypertonus (tightness)
  • Decreased range of motion, point tenderness

WAD 3:

  • Neck pain and stiffness, maybe severe, referred symptoms
  • Decreased range of motion, point tenderness
  • Neurologic deficits: reflex, sensory, motor weakness in nerve root pattern.
Reviews from the web
Rated 4.3/5 based on 49 google reviews
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5 out of 5

After a couple of failed visits to other clinics, Linda Warren gave me the confidence the physiotherapy does exist and is useful. Her genuine interest in my condition (bike accident), professional attitude and all the information she provided helped me understand what's wrong and how it will get better. Her therapy is also helping relieve the pain and the worry associated with it. I feel like she could be my regular physiotherapist going forward.

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5 out of 5

Great location, and the hours are pretty good. Just minutes away from my boyfriends west end condo so I usually walk over.

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5 out of 5

This clinic has helped me a lot. I used to go for massage therapy when I had a muscle injury (Erika is great) and then for another injury I tried IMS. I'm legit terrified of needles but a friend told me to try it, and it did wonders. Farhana (I hope I spelled that right!) is amazing, a few sessions fixed me right up, much less painful than massaging the muscles. I am very grateful to the staff - they've kept me on my feet (literally).

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5 out of 5

I went for a bike fitting with Thomas, a couple of months ago. He was friendly, knowledgeable and provided a full report after the fitting. He took the time to listen and understand my history and approached the fitting in a thorough and careful way. Cheers Thomas

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5 out of 5

I've been going to Burrard Physiotherapy for almost a month after a triceps tear lead to arm, shoulder, and neck pain, and have been working with Kevin Chen. He's incredibly knowledgeable, kind, and receptive, and the improvement with my pain and discomfort is noticeable. The environment is clean and comforting, and the receptionists always greet you in a warm way. Treatment always starts on time too.

A mainstay of Physiotherapy practice in Downtown Vancouver.

Burrard Physiotherapy is an amalgamation of two outstanding physiotherapy clinics in downtown Vancouver. Burrard Physiotherapy Associates was established in 1982 as was Burrard Physiotherapy Clinic each of these businesses operated out of separate locations one block apart.

It wasn't until local Kerry Maxwell purchased both clinics in 2004 and 2005 that they merged to become Burrard Physiotherapy. The clinic is driven to provide an outstanding level of care and recovery for patients. Each of the therapists at Burrard Physiotherapy have multiple levels of training and education over and above their original degrees. In addition, everyone leads active lifestyles. This is essential to understanding the impact that an injury can have on your lifestyle. We believe physiotherapy carried out by a qualified team is the path to freedom of movement and mobility & we believe freedom of movement is essential to quality of life.

Our reception area boasts a coffee and tea service and comfortable seating in a cozy setting filled with local art. Any of our three receptionists will be happy to settle you in to your treatment routine while you are here with us.

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