If you have ever been unfortunate enough to experience a car accident, you know how sore and painful the aftermath can be. After a car accident you can experience:
- Muscle tightness
- Achy joints
- Numbness and tingling
What Happens to Your Body After a Car Accident
Immediately after an accident, people usually have a lot of stiffness and pain that is created by lactic acid and inflammation being released into the tissue. Many people make the mistake of not wanting to move due to painful symptoms, when in fact, gentle motion and movement in the correct direction(s) is necessary to expedite the healing process.
Many people do not think of physical therapy as an aide after an accident, but physical therapy can be extremely useful in getting you back to your life. Let’s go ahead and go over five ways physical therapy can help you after a car accident.
1. Physical Therapy Supports a Healthy Recovery Process
Manual physical therapy can improve joint mobility and range of motion of the restricted body region (neck, mid back, low back, hips, shoulders, etc.) helping to reduce shearing forcing and pain. Manual therapy helps to increase circulation, restore tissue length, and decrease muscle guarding, which also decreases pain and improves overall mobility. During PT, you will also receive stretching and strengthening exercises to create better balance in your body and help you get back to your active lifestyle.
2. Physical Therapy May Help Avoid Surgery
While serious car accident injuries might require immediate surgery, minor injuries can often lead to the need for surgery further down the road if not properly cared for. One of the best things about physical therapy is the strengthening and stabilization of your muscles, tendons, and ligaments which won’t just help the injury or soreness, but also your overall health and well-being.
3. Physical Therapy Keeps You Active, Which Reduces Pain
We might sound like a broken record, but we cannot emphasize enough how vital it is to continue to move and be in motion. Physical motion will keep that oxygenated blood and nutrients moving to the injury site which, as you know, helps the body heal and recover. Movement is life, so keep moving.
4. Physical Therapy After a Car Accident May Prevent Long-Term Damage
Chronic pain and headaches are often symptoms people can experience long-term if they haven’t received adequate treatment with physical therapy after a car accident. After an initial evaluation, we will begin manual therapy, strengthening and stabilization exercises, and consistent re-evaluation to ensure you’re making good progress. As we begin to see improvement and proper healing, we will have you come in a bit less and send you home with exercises and stretches. However, when you do come in, we will re-evaluate things to make sure you’re still progressing the way you should. If any new pain emerges, or there’s some regression, we’ll catch it and treat it.
5. Physical Therapy Can Help You Heal After an Old Car Accident
It’s always best to come in as soon as possible for physical therapy after a car accident, but if that didn’t happen and it’s a been a while since the incident, we can still help. It’s never too late to come in for an evaluation so we can jump-start that healing process and get you feeling better. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.