The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted many of the activities and routines in people’s daily lives. For those who have been injured in motor vehicle collisions or suffered other kinds of personal injuries, the pandemic has likely stood in the way of them visiting their healthcare providers for treatment. But not getting treatment—like physiotherapy, chiropractic therapy, and massage therapy—may prevent these people from properly healing. Further, it may impact the strength and success of their legal case.
This means that if you have been injured, you should continue your treatments—even during the COVID-19 pandemic—to the extent that governments allow and to the extent that you are comfortable to do so.
Recently, governments have started to ease restrictions and, as a result, healthcare providers have started opening their doors for in-person treatments. We asked chiropractor Kate MacAdam at Dr. MacAdam and Associates a few questions about her clinic and how it is operating during this time:
Q: What is your clinic doing to ensure its patients are getting treatments safely during the pandemic (e.g., PPE, hygiene procedures)?
The Nova Scotia College of Chiropractors has made specific requirements for safer treatments during the pandemic. Some of these requirements include patient screening, hand hygiene, environmental cleaning and disinfection, physical distancing, and use of personal protective equipment. While masks are recommended, we have made them required at our clinic.
Q: What treatments is your clinic offering (or not offering) currently?
We are offering all our services, which include chiropractic therapy, massage therapy, acupuncture, yoga, and naturopathic medicine.
Q: What feedback have patients been giving since your clinic has reopened?
Our clinic has been their first stop, even before their haircuts! They are thrilled that we have been able to re-open.
Q: Are virtual treatments (e.g., video, phone) still an option for those who may be unwilling or unable to come to your clinic in person?
Telehealth appointments are still offered and encouraged for those who are unable to come to the clinic in person.
Q: What can, or should a patient do to prepare themselves before arriving at your clinic?
They will be asked certain questions such as whether they are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, have travelled outside Nova Scotia within the last 14 days, or have been in contact with persons suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19.
If you have been injured in a motor vehicle collision or suffered some other type of personal injury, you can contact the Accident & Personal Injury Team of lawyers at BOYNECLARKE LLP for a free consultation. Our team is one of the largest personal injury teams in Nova Scotia. We are based in Dartmouth and represent clients throughout Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and PEI. There are no fees to you unless we get you the compensation you deserve.
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