Return to Work. Return to Life

After a motor-vehicle accident (MVA), occupational therapists support recovery by removing barriers and rebuilding skills for the job of living.

Occupational therapists believe that an essential part of recovering from an MVA and related injuries is being able to participate in activities that mean the most to people. We OTs call these meaningful daily routines "activities of daily living" (ADLs). OT Works! provides goal-oriented rehabilitation for clients who have sustained musculoskeletal injuries (soft tissue and orthopedic), concussions, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and trauma-induced or aggravated mental health conditions such as PTSD, depression and anxiety.

For nearly 20 years, OT Works! has been helping ICBC clients in their homes and communities get back to their ADLs that matter.

What is an OT?

  • Regulated health care professional
  • Focused on Function
  • Skilled in physical, cognitive and emotional domains.
  • University educated

What does an OT do?

  • Provides objective, medically supported assessments and treatments
  • Addresses physical, emotional, and cognitive needs
  • Addresses Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) including personal care, productivity (work & school), leisure

About OT Works!

  • Serving ICBC clients since 2000
  • Treatment in the Community (workplace, school, gym, home,community)
  • Extensive experience with concussions, mental health and anxiety
  • Proven return-to-work results

Function Focused. Medically Supported treatments.

OT Works! removes barriers to recovery
and provides meaningful solutions
for getting back to work
and the job of living.

How an OT can help after a Motor-Vehicle Accident (MVA)

OT Works! therapists can help ICBC clients throughout the recovery process. Our skilled occupational therapists have successfully helped hundreds of injured people recover from injuries sustained in a motor-vehicle accident.

0 - 30 Days after MVA

Coordinate discharge from Hospital

Strategies for independent function at home

Home Safety Assessment (including ADL equipment needs)

Early, holistic return to work

Ergonomic Assessment

Musculoskeletal / orthopaedic injuries

OT and ICBC Rehab: Getting Kim Back on Her Feet (0-30 days)

ICBC’s Hospital Discharge Program requested an occupational therapist to assist their client, Kim. She had a fractured knee from a motor vehicle accident (MVA) which made it difficult to walk. Kim was concerned that she wouldn’t be able to get around like she used to. But by building a rehabilitation plan with occupational therapy and … Continue reading

30 - 90 Days after MVA

Gradual return to work planning

Job Demands Analysis

Concussion / Traumatic Brain Injury rehabilitation

Job Site Visit

Driving Anxiety

Return to work readiness/hardening

Treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Operational Stress Injuries (OSI)

Functional Assessment

Exposure Therapy/Desensitization

Cognitive Therapy

OT and ICBC Rehab: Aman’s Positivity (30-90 days)

As a busy, young woman, Aman struggled when soft-tissue injuries a motor vehicle accident (MVA) decreased her ability to work and play. She experienced back pain and mood fluctuations that made it difficult to enjoy the things she used to love like cooking and yoga. With goal-oriented occupational therapy, Aman increased her endurance and transformed … Continue reading

90+ Days after MVA

All above interventions


Treatment for Chronic Pain

Progressive Goal Attainment Program (PGAP)

Treatment for Anxiety & Depression

Case Management

OT and ICBC rehab: Emma’s Drive to Explore (90+ days)

When ICBC asked OT Works! for help, Emma was avoiding driving. Her motor vehicle accident (MVA) increased her anxiety and made time management, memory and attention difficult for her. With her OT, Emma learned to better manage her concussion symptoms and other pain. Equipped with evidence-based strategies, she reconnected with the friends and adventures that … Continue reading

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Our therapists work in the community. We see clients in their homes, workplaces and communities. We serve:

Greater Vancouver & Fraser Valley

  • Greater Vancouver (Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, Surrey, North & West Vancouver, Richmond, Delta, White Rock, Port Moody, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Langley, Fort Langley, Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows)
  • Fraser Valley (Mission, Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Harrison Lake, Agassiz, Dewdney, Hope)
  • Sea-to-Sky (Squamish, Whistler, Pemberton)
  • Sunshine Coast (Gibsons, Sechelt)

Vancouver Island

  • Victoria (Victoria, Esquimalt, Sooke, East Sooke, Saanich, Sidney, Langford, Colwood, Metchosin)

  • Central Island (Ladysmith, Nanaimo, Parksville, Qualicum Beach, Port Alberni)
  • North Island (Campbell River, Courtney, Comox, Cumberland, Fanny Bay, Nanoose Bay, Union Bay)

The OT Works! Difference

Our experience in assessing the impact of injury on mental health and successful return to work, has resulted in OT Works! becoming a leader in knowing how to manage our clients’ emotional and behavioural challenges following injury. Our strength is in understanding and addressing the psycho-social barriers to rehabilitation, including those reported by family, observed in the physical environment, and mandates from legal and political organizations. We provide clear reporting and focus on measurable goals resulting in proven return-to-work results.

We place high value on quality through rigorous Quality Assurance processes and training. We have strong clinical leadership, and we invest in qualified and experienced therapists. We are customer centered and adapt our approach to meet their needs. We are part of the customer’s and referral sources’ solution and continually strive to improve the lives of our clients.

Active. Goal-driven. Individualized.

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