Should You See a Physical Therapist After a Car Accident?

There are a few things as scary as getting into a car accident. Potential injuries, property damage, and insurance deductibles are just a few things that can make the entire experience that much worse. One question that often arises in the aftermath is whether or not you should see a physical therapist after a car accident

One of the more common injuries that occurs to individuals in a car accident is “whiplash.” It occurs when the neck extends beyond its normal range of motion. As a result, people may develop the following symptoms:

  • Pain and stiffness in the head, neck, and shoulders
  • Loss of range of motion in the neck
  • Chronic migraines or headaches
  • Tingling and numbness in the upper extremities
  • Dizziness and fatigue
  • Occasionally, blurred vision and memory problems

How Can Physical Therapy (PT) Help?

1) PT Supports The Recovery Process
Patients often don’t realize how bad their car accident-related injuries are until after they’ve returned to their normal daily activities. Common injuries typically include pain, stiffness, reduced range of motion, and chronic headaches or migraines. Physical Therapy will include a combination of hands on with therapuetic exercies to help reduce muscle tension and can help manage your pain.

2) PT Can Prevent Long-Term Damage
Physical therapy not only helps address immediate injuries by improving strength, flexibility, and mobility, but it can also prevent long-term damage like chronic pain and migraines. Unfortunately, car accidents can cause lingering damage if the patient’s injuries are not addressed right away.

3) PT May Help Patients Avoid Surgery
While serious car accident injuries will likely need surgery right away, non-life-threatening injuries are not exactly exempt from surgery altogether. In fact, a car accident injury, combined with natural wear and tear, may require the need for surgery later in life.

Don’t delay any longer! We accept auto insurance and are open convenient hours to meet your needs.
If you’re having pain from a new or old car accident injury, call our clinic today to schedule your appointment.

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Kaitlyn Grell, LPTA
Physical Therapist Assistant
St. Francis Physical Therapy

January 30th, 2019

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