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Should You See a Physical Therapist After a Car Accident?

Each year, about 50 million people suffer non-fatal injuries in car accidents across the world. Many of these injuries lead to long-term disabilities and difficulty doing daily tasks. However, there are ways that you can help improve many of these injuries and return to the activities that motivate you most.

Our physical therapists have the tools and knowledge to help you fully recover from your car accident injuries.

Spine Pain

Spine pain, particularly low back pain, is a common issue after a car accident. Whether this is from a strain or a sprain to your back, malalignment, or injury to your disc/nerves; it can make it difficult to move around and resume activity.

Without treatment, inflammation and muscle spasms may make it hard to do daily activities. Our physical therapists will diagnose and treat the causes of your low back pain symptoms, so you can feel better as soon as possible.

Headaches and Whiplash

Whiplash is one of the most common car accident injuries. It occurs when the neck moves forward and backwards quickly and suddenly, causing the ligaments and muscles to overextend. Often those who suffer from whiplash and associated injuries continue to have these symptoms, often including headaches, even years after their accident.

When these muscles are strained, they lead to muscle tightness and can exacerbate headaches and cause difficulty concentrating. Even minor neck and head trauma can affect an individual’s quality of life. There are many ways a physical therapist can help with such injuries. Manual therapy interventions can be a great tool to gently help reduce neck and upper back muscular and joint stiffness contributing to these symptoms following a car accident.

Car Accident Physical Therapists can also teach patients proper neck and body posture to prevent relapse of pain associated with whiplash. In addition, they can teach you how to exercise specific muscles to prevent the pain from returning.

Soft Tissue Injuries

There are many areas of soft tissue that can be damaged from the traumas suffered from a car accident, that can be improved with various techniques, including (but not limited to): manual therapy, IASTM, and cupping.

Manual therapy interventions are skilled techniques performed by your physical therapist to passively improve your range of motion and will help mobilize your soft tissue to improve flexibility and accessibility for motion.

IASTM, or instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization, is an effective technique that can help with older injuries, scar tissue, and other myofascial adhesions that are limiting muscle activation or movement.

Cupping in the context of soft tissue, can help to improve blood circulation to the affected areas and can release muscle tension. Increased blood circulation helps promote faster healing and can repair damaged tissues!

Joint, Bone, and Ligament Injuries

If you are experiencing pain in your joints, bones, and ligaments after a car accident, you may benefit from visiting an auto accident physical therapist.

Oftentimes following a car accident, the injuries that we may sustain could prevent us from performing our regular activities, thus leading us further into stiff and inactive postures. One way that TrueMotion Physical Therapy is different is that we can utilize personalized blood flow restriction techniques in the early stages of car accident rehab, to help promote tissue healing, while performing minimal light activity, without compromising muscle growth potential typically associated with traditional resistance training.

Physical Therapist for all your Mobility Needs

If you have been in a car accident and have experienced lasting injuries, contact our physical therapy team today to see how we can help you during your visit!

Even if you aren't in a car accident but you want to address overuse injuries or chronic injuries, visiting a reputable physical therapy clinic servicing the Vancouver area, like TrueMotion Physical Therapy is a great idea!

We offer physical therapy services for orthopedic conditions, with specialty care in post-operative surgery physical therapy, pediatric orthopedics physical therapy, sports medicine physical therapy, injury prevention physical therapy, and more!

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