20-50 million people are injured or disabled due to an auto accident each year. Car accidents can be extremely stressful, burdensome and financially costly. Most people who have been in a car accident don’t feel symptoms until days or even weeks after the accident. Physical therapy after a car accident can help to address pain symptoms and mobility issues that may arise. Seeking treatment as soon as possible is important to ensure that these pain symptoms do not become chronic. Common injuries after a car accident include:
• Back Pain
• Neck Pain
• Shoulder Pain
• Knee Pain
Of all potential injuries, whiplash is the most reported after an auto accident. With this type of neck pain, there are multiple variables involved that can contribute to the severity, recovery time and overall impact on your life. Common symptoms associated with whiplash may include:
• Stiffness to neck, arms, upper back, and even the face
• Numbness into arms, neck and upper back
• Headache, dizziness, nausea
• Feelings of general weakness
• Altered sleeping habits and patterns
• Difficulty with concentration
It’s important to seek out physical therapy as soon as possible after an auto accident. Although you may not feel symptoms until days or even weeks after the accident occurred, these symptoms may bring forth pain and mobility problems as time goes on.
Why Physical Therapy?
Physical therapists are musculoskeletal experts, well-suited to treat the underlying musculoskeletal injuries that may have occurred as a result of an auto accident. At Therapydia, our physical therapists work with you one-on-one to conduct a comprehensive head-to-toe analysis to develop a custom treatment program that is unique to you. The goal of physical therapy is to help you repair and strengthen damaged muscles and tissues. In more severe neurological cases, your physical therapist can help you re-learn everyday activities such as brushing your teeth or opening a door. Throughout your treatment, they may incorporate techniques such as:
• Manual therapy to mobilize joints, decrease scar tissue, reduce inflammation and promote tissue healing.
• Custom exercises to address neck pain, shoulder pain, back pain, spine dysfunction or weakness.
• Postural training to resolve pain in the neck, shoulders and back.
Your physical therapist will work to strengthen and stabilize any weakened areas of the body to really get to the root cause of your injury and make sure that you can walk away without having to worry about re-injury or lasting symptoms.
At Therapydia, we offer same and next day appointments. If you have been injured in an auto accident, seek out physical therapy as soon as possible in order to resolve your pain and dysfunction most efficiently.