Motor Vehicle Accident Injuries - ICBC

After the Crash

Injuries to the spine, nerves and muscles

  • If you have been in a car crash one of the most common injuries is to the upper spine, or your neck.
  • Other common symptoms include joint pain, muscle pain, headaches, arm pain and leg pain.
  • These symptoms occur when the vertebral joints and associated muscles and nerves are subjected to uncommon forces and movements associated with a car accident.
  • Some people develop pain, stiffness and other symptoms 7-10 days after an accident. This is not unusual. Do not delay in seeking help and treatment.
  • Effects of substantive crashes may recur over 6-18 months. For most people, the pain and other symptoms associated with spinal injury usually decreases with gradual return to normal activity.
  • Most injuries are not serious and people often recover to their pre-accident condition. The amount of disruption to normal activities varies with the circumstances of the crash.

Your Recovery

Our chiropractor will perform a thorough examination, provide a diagnosis and discuss your recovery options which may include:

  • Necessary spine and related care
  • Modification to current activities
  • Home stretching and strengthening exercises
  • Ergonomic advice


Closer head restraints can be twice as effective in preventing injuries as those that are set too far back. To ensure the head restraint is adjusted correctly:

  • Raise your headrest so the top of it is at least level with the top of your ears.
  • Your headrest should be as close as possible to the back of your head.
  • Always wear your seatbelt. The belt should be securely fastened and rest snuggly across your waist and shoulder.
  • Drive safely. Pay attention what is happening on the road. Following the rules of the road will significantly lower your risk of an accident

ICBC Claims Health Provider

No referral is required to seek care from a chiropractor related to a car accident. You may be qualified for direct billing and we will take care of all the necessary paper work related to your claim.