Rehabilitation is one of the most effective solutions for injuries and conditions caused by motor vehicle accidents. In fact, getting physiotherapy after a car accident is a crucial step towards healing, whether you have undergone surgery for major injuries or sustained injuries like sprains and minor physical trauma. It is important to seek help from a professional physiotherapist to develop a treatment plan that will restore your range of motion and provide the pain relief you need to feel better.
Physical therapy is essential for car accident victims so that they can properly heal and get on with their normal, daily lives. Physical therapy is common for people who are suffering from stiffness and pain in their neck, back, and other areas of injury. Frequent appointments are scheduled to help the person get as much treatment as possible on a routine basis. This encourages a steady rate of healing and addresses any physical and mental challenges along the way. The more appointments you schedule, the faster your healing will be. It may not sound like a big deal to miss an appointment, but stiffness and loss of range of motion are two major consequences of not having a good physiotherapy schedule.
Many auto accident injury victims refuse medical care at the scene of the accident, thinking their injuries are nothing to worry about. Unfortunately, pain and inflammation may develop later on. When this happens, the best course of action is to seek medical treatment for the injuries and schedule physiotherapy appointments to treat the aches and pains after an accident. No matter the location or size, physiotherapists can prevent long-term issues and help you get back to your normal, active life. Auto accidents can cause a variety of issues that can be treated with physiotherapy. Here are some of the most common injuries that you should not ignore.
1. Internal Injuries & Muscle Strains
There are a variety of internal injuries that can occur during a car accident. Internal injuries can lead to internal bleeding, swelling, dizziness, fainting, bruising, seizures, headaches, loss of consciousness, and more. If you experience any of these symptoms, seek immediate medical attention. Some other internal injuries are less severe. Muscle strains, for example, are frustrating to deal with but are not as severe as other internal injuries. However, they still need to be treated with quality physical therapy and rest. Recovery time will vary depending on how severe your injuries are, but physiotherapy can help reduce pain and restore mobility.
2. Bone Fractures & Loss of Range of Motion
The blunt force of the crash or compression can cause broken bones and fractures. Any bone can break in an accident, but the most common breaks are in defensive areas like the hands, arms, feet, and legs. Especially in rear-end accidents, the impact force can cause the driver’s arms, wrists, or hands to break because of how they are positioned on the steering wheel. If you notice swelling, redness, bruising, deformity, loss of function, or severe pain in any part of your body, you should seek immediate medical attention. Physiotherapy can be useful once the bones or fractures have done their primary healing. Physiotherapy is vital to restore the range of motion after these body parts have been stiff and protected. It will also provide pain relief.
3. Whiplash (Neck & Back)
Whiplash is the most common injury from a car accident, especially in rear-end collisions. Many people believe it takes severe impact to cause whiplash, but it can be caused from speeds at less than 22.5 kph. A doctor will examine your neck and back to find signs of injuries, and may also order X-rays or an MRI to check for other injuries. If there are no fractures, then the patient can be recommended for physiotherapy. Symptoms of whiplash may include difficulty sleeping, headaches, and dizziness, which can also be resolved with routine physiotherapy appointments.
4. Shoulder Injuries
A healthy shoulder joint has the greatest range of motion compared to any other joint in the body. It is made up of three main bones and is primarily a ball and socket joint. There are ligaments, muscles, tendons, and a joint capsule that hold these bones together. If you experience a shoulder injury, it may disrupt your sleep and prevent you from doing the simplest daily tasks. In many cases, the injury can get worse if you continue to use it without treatment. Shoulder injuries from a car accident require medical attention, and with physiotherapy, the recovery time can be reduced significantly.
If you think a small bump on your head is all you have from hitting your head on the steering wheel or window during a car accident, think again. The violent movement of the head and neck from a collision, even without hitting a surface, can result in a concussion. You will know the difference if you also experience headaches, confusion, dizziness, drowsiness, blurred vision, balance problems, nausea, vomiting, and/or sensitivity to noise and light. Milder head injuries may only require rest, but more severe concussions may need hospitalization.
Car accident injuries can heal faster with the help of physiotherapy. By following the physician’s advice and exercises, and getting plenty of rest, your body will regain the strength it needs to heal and repair from an injury. You should also eat a healthy diet and take care of yourself, making sure you keep your stress levels low.
At MedRehab Group, we will work with you to provide alternative care to treat your chronic pain and health conditions, even those cause by a car accident. We serve clients in Brampton, Georgetown, Hamilton, Toronto, Richmond Hill, Maple, Vaughan, Woodbridge, and Pickering. We strive to do our best to meet our clients’ expectations. Contact us at 1-888-409-4058 to book your first physiotherapy consultation and treatment.
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