Physical Therapy After An Auto Accident

Reasons To Undergo Physical Therapy After An Auto Accident

More than 6 million auto accidents occur throughout the U.S. every year according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Often, these car accidents lead to injuries, such as soft tissue injuries including whiplash. These injuries can lead to various symptoms, such as chronic migraines, pain and stiffness, loss of range of motion, dizziness, fatigue, tingling and numbness, and even memory issues.

If you have suffered whiplash, or some other soft tissue injury, you can benefit greatly from physical therapy. Here are a few of the reasons you should undergo physical therapy after an auto accident:

  • Physical therapy helps encourage recovery and can help you to bounce back faster and get back to your normal functioning level.
  • Physical therapy can help you avoid long-term damage. It immediately addresses injuries by helping you to improve mobility, flexibility, and strength.
  • Physical activity helps reduce your pain and will aid in faster recovery than if you were to stay in bed or sit on the couch. The appropriate physical activity can help you fully recover from the injuries sustained in the crash.
  • If the injuries are not serious, you may be able to avoid surgery by getting physical therapy. Physical therapy can help you strengthen ligaments, muscles, and tendons.
  • Physical therapy can help restore functioning in individuals who have old injuries from car crashes. Even if it has been a while since your car accident, you can still benefit from physical therapy because it can help with the restoration of functioning and mobility.

Physical therapy does not worsen an injury, but instead, addresses the issue effectively and helps you overcome the obstacles and get back to a higher level of functionality.

Personalized Care After A Crash

When you have been in an auto accident, your physical therapist will review your medical history and discuss your injuries with you. After an assessment, he or she will come up with a personalized treatment plan. Physical therapists understand that addressing injuries from car crashes requires individualized care because a cookie-cutter approach is not effective. Special exercises and a special treatment regimen are developed specifically for the patient and his or her injuries.

While you can benefit from starting physical therapy as soon as possible after an accident, it is not too late to address your injury. You can still benefit from physical therapy months – or even years – after you suffered injuries in a crash. If you have been in a car crash, contact Cyti Clinics to get treatment started.

The information on this page is not intended to be a substitution for diagnosis, treatment, or informed professional advice. You should not take any action or avoid taking any action without consulting with a qualified mental health professional. If you are in a crisis or any other person may be in danger,  these resources can provide you with immediate help:
Suicide and Crisis Lifeline 988
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