A Terrible Tragedy

On a cold February day, the snow is blowing across the highway. The visibility is poor and the road is a sheet of ice. A car stops in the middle of the highway, and a truck doesn’t see it before it is too late. It crashes into the car, killing the driver, leaving the family without a mother and grandmother. Are these tragedies an inevitable factor of driving in bad winter conditions?

Statistics tell us that in BC, the number of accidents that result in serious injury and death double from October to December! How can we reduce the number of fatalities caused by winter driving conditions?



First, tell someone where you are going.

Always notify your family and friends as to where you will be, as you can never have enough people know where you are in case something happens.

Consider the temperature in relation to your tires.

Change to winter tires designed for the cold. Did you know that all season tires start to lose their elasticity after it reaches only 7 degrees Celsius? If you encounter a situation where you need to stop rapidly, without winter tires, breaking is not enough to alter your course and speed. Winter tires are effective to negative 30 degrees Celsius!

Have your vehicle inspected.

Vehicles require regular maintenance and checkups to remain safe and secure. Get your battery inspected before the start of the season and make sure you have the right grade of oil for winter temperatures. Also, check to ensure your lights are in perfect working order so you can see others and others can see you!

Carry a fully charged cell phone.

If you wind up in the ditch or if your car breaks down in a remote area, you need to have a way to communicate for help.

Stay home if the weather is bad.

If you look outside and you can’t see your car in the driveway through the blinding snow, stay home. Do not take uneccissary risks.

If staying inside is not an option, consider these tips to help keep you safe.


Thinking Back

Visualize that cold February day, where a family was left without a loved one. Would she still be here had she, or the truck driver, considered the safety information above? When it comes to winter driving – caution and knowledge is of utmost importance.

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Getting injured in a car crash can often lead to long-term pain and physical problems that seem almost impossible to recover from. But thanks to the wonderful treatment of physiotherapists, there are many ways to manage, alleviate, or overcome the pain of a car accident injury. Here are a few ways physiotherapists can help.

1 – Helping with recovery

Stiffness, pain, reduced range of motion, headaches – these are all common problems suffered after being injured in a car accident. A physiotherapist can help with these problems by designing therapy and exercise treatments that can help improve strength and flexibility to tissues in the injured area. The treatments can also alleviate pain and help you understand what is happening with your body and its recovery.

2 – Preventing further damage

Sometimes, injured people don’t always know just how severe their injury is and in other cases, the real pain and trauma shows up some time after the accident. A physiotherapist can help with identifying problem areas that may arise in the future and provide treatment that may help prevent smaller injuries develop into long-term problems. The sooner you start your recovery treatment the better off you’ll be in the long run.

3 – Activities to reduce pain

If you’ve been severely hurt, moving around may seem like the last thing you want to do. But in many cases, physical activity can help reduce your pain and help the recovery process. Our bodies are amazing machines that work best when they are actually working. A physiotherapist can prescribe treatments to keep you active and mobile and on track for recovery while minimizing your pain.

4 – Cutting down the need for surgery

In some cases, surgery is inevitable, but in other cases surgery may be avoided by the efforts of an experienced physiotherapist. By strengthening the muscles, tendons, and ligaments around the affected area, a physiotherapist may be able to help you find a recovery solution that avoids surgery.

No matter the severity of your injury, always talk to your doctor first. While physiotherapy offers many benefits to some injury patients, other methods may be more suitable to your needs. Your doctor will know what is best for your situation. If he or she recommends physiotherapy as part of your treatment and recovery, our team can help provide a list of qualified practitioners and supply other resources to help you.

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Last week MMA fighter Brian Stann announced his retirement from the UFC.

Before his eight years as a UFC fighter, Stann played football for the US Naval Academy, later going on to fight for the Marine Corps in Iraq.