With an auto accident happening every few seconds, there are countless people who suffer collision-related injuries every year. Any part of your body can be affected by an auto accident though certain areas are more susceptible than others. Some people suffer a few bumps and bruises while others must face much more serious injuries. Regardless of the type of injury sustained in a collision, it is important for everyone involved to be evaluated by a physical therapist when physically capable of doing so.
Did you know…
there are several factors that can influence the types of injuries you may sustain in a car accident?
- The speed of your vehicle and other vehicles involved in the accident
- Whether you are wearing your seatbelt
- Whether the airbags deploy during the collision
- Where your vehicle was hit (i.e. side, front or rear)
- Your posture during the accident
Frequently Asked Questions
What is whiplash?
Whiplash is one of the most common injuries sustained in auto accidents. It occurs when the neck is thrust forward and then abruptly backward on impact. Whiplash typically causes inflammation and damage to the soft tissues of the upper back and neck, which may lead to stiffness, pain, limited mobility and headaches.
What other types of injuries are common car accidents?
People involved in collisions here often complain of back pain or stiffness in the body’s joints or extremities. Spinal compression, bulging discs and strained connective tissues are just a few of the injuries accident victims may face after a collision. Without physical therapy intervention, some may face a lifetime of pain and discomfort.
Why visit a physical therapist after an auto accident?
Physical therapists treat auto accident victims nearly every day. They understand the intricate balance of the musculoskeletal system and the damaging effects a collision can have on the spine, joints and soft tissues. By utilizing non-invasive techniques, a physical therapist can restore proper alignment to a patient’s body, empowering it to heal itself over time.
If you have been involved in a collision – whether recently or many months or years ago – physical therapy treatment may be able to relieve pain and symptoms associated with the accident. The sooner you seek treatment, the faster we can lead you down the road to recovery. Call our office to schedule a consultation today and learn what it means to live a pain-free life.