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If you have been recently injured in a car accident – even as a cyclist or pedestrian –  you may be eligible to receive physiotherapy which is funded by the Insurance Commission of WA (ICWA).

Regardless of the severity of your injury, it is important to be assessed by a medical professional, and if required, commence treatment as soon after your accident as possible. Pain can occasionally become persistent and last a number of weeks or months following a car accident which can become exceptionally frustrating for those involved.

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For your claim to be processed through the ICWA, you will need to have a referral from your treating doctor and lodge a claim with the ICWA prior to attending. We have outlined the process you need to take to start your insurance claim in this article. During your initial appointment, you will be required to present a copy of your doctors referral letter and your ICWA claim number.

Following your accident Move Physiotherapy East Fremantle will assist you with a personalised treatment program, and keep all health professionals and third party insurers up to date during your rehabilitation.

Move Physiotherapy East Fremantle does not charge you an out of pocket expense for physiotherapy with an ICWA claim.

To book your appointment, call us on 0422 813 815, or follow the link to book online.


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Motor Vehicle Accidents (MVAs) can result in ‘knots’ and tight bands of muscle. Most commonly affected are the neck, lower back and shoulders. Your physiotherapist can comprehensively assess these areas following your car accident, refer for scans if necessary and provide treatment.

Especially in the case of whiplash type injuries, the sooner you can commence physiotherapy after a car accident, the better!

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Whiplash style injuries can stretch and jar the joints and muscles of the neck and shoulders which can result in persistent headaches and even migraines. Your physiotherapist can use a combination of techniques including massage, dry needling and heat therapies to relieve this muscle spasm and prevent persistent pain.

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In more severe cases, car accidents can result in wide spread pain which can become frustrating and debilitating for those who are suffering, and their loved ones.

Your physiotherapist is often the middle person who will correspond with your insurance company, treating doctor and any other medical services involved.

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Broken bones are an unfortunate reality following high speed car accidents. These are most commonly detected by your doctor, however can occasionally be missed.

Bone healing times are generally 6 weeks and a period of casting or immobilisation may be required. Your physiotherapist can guide you through your rehabilitation to ensure you regain your strength and range of movement following this type of injury.

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At Move Physiotherapy, we want to ensure that you are not only pain free following your motor vehicle accident, but also able to resume all of your normal day to day activities.

Especially in the case of long standing musculoskeletal pain, it is important to engage in appropriate exercise rehabilitation. Move Physiotherapy is equipped with a full in house gymnasium to get you back to resuming the activities that you love.

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Did you know that many headaches are triggered by tight joints and muscles in and around the neck and shoulders? Commonly your C1/2 segment of your cervical spine will trigger a headache around the eyes and temples.

These injuries are common following whiplash style injuries. Your physiotherapist can utilise a range of techniques including joint mobilisation, dry needling and massage to resolve these symptoms.

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Shoulder pain is highly common following a motor vehicle accident. For this reason, we have created the following flowchart which can be used to self-diagnose your shoulder pain.

Your physiotherapist will expertly diagnose your shoulder pain and create you an individualised rehabilitation program.

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Did you know that a lot of lower back pain can be caused by tightness and weakness in your gluteal muscles?

It is important to combine your soft tissue treatment with appropriate exercise rehabilitation to prevent your pain from returning.


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Your first point of call should be to lodge a claim with ICWA. You can lodge this claim form easily online through their website. You can use this form even if you were not the driver of the vehicle, and are lodging a personal injury claim as a passenger.

You will be given a claim number by ICWA. You will need to bring this to your GP and physiotherapy treatment.

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Book your appointment with your GP who will handle your case. This can be your usual local GP.

Your GP will give you a referral for your physiotherapy treatments. You are free to choose your own physiotherapist. Bring this form to your first physiotherapy appointment.

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Bring your GP referral and ICWA claim number to your physiotherapy appointment. You can book your appointment online here.

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Your physiotherapist will liase with your GP, your third party insurance company and any other health professionals on your behalf as required for your ongoing management.


I Have Been Injured In A Car Accident, Am I Eligible For Compensation?

You will be eligible to claim for compensation if you were a motorist, motorcyclist, cyclist, passenger or public transport user and injured in a road accident caused by another negligent driver.

What Am I Covered For?

When approved, your ICWA claim will approve the following expenses:

  • Medical services pertaining to the accident.
  • Required scans an investigations such as X-Rays, CT Scans, MRIs and Ultrasounds
  • Medical aids and equipment
  • All required rehabilitation services including physiotherapy

Who Pays For My Treatment?

The Insurance Commission of WA provides injury insurance to drivers in WA. This is covered largely by your vehicle registration fees. The ICWA also generates revenue from a $4.5 billion investment portfolio which is used to meet its motor vehicle compensation commitments.

Can I Choose My Own GP and Physiotherapist?


To begin the insurance process you can see your normal GP. They will be able to refer you to a physiotherapy service of your choosing.

You are able to change your treatment provider at any stage through your rehabilitation.

I Have Been Referred To a Different Physiotherapist? Can I Still Attend Move Physiotherapy?


Your ICWA claim number can be used at any physiotherapy clinic that accepts insurance documents. So, even if you have been referred to a different Physiotherapy clinic, or if you feel you would like a second opinion, you can book in at Move Physiotherapy Fremantle.

Simply follow this link to book your appointment online.

Do I Have To Make a Claim Within a Particular Time?

To be safe, anyone involved in a road accident should make a claim as early as possible. As mentioned previously, you should first:

  • Notify ICWA of a potential claim by filling out the online form on their website.
  • If applicable, complete an online Police crash report.
  • Seek medical attention.
  • Attend your physiotherapy appointment with your ICWA claim number and GP referral letter.

Please note that if you seek medical treatment and your claim does not get approved, you are liable for your out of pocket expenses.

When Can I Commence Treatment?

Move Physiotherapy East Fremantle recommends that people commence physiotherapy after a car accident as quickly as possible.

Even in the acute phases of an injury we can use gentle joint mobilisation, massage and dry needling to reduce muscle and joint stiffness.

Reducing your pain and tightness as quickly as possible is also important in preventing chronic pain scenarios and sensitisation of the injured area.


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