Motor Vehicle Accidents

Motor Vehicle Accidents Treatment Alexandria, VA

WHAT KINDS OF CRASH-RELATED INJURIES DO PHYSICAL THERAPISTS TREAT?

It’s something that anyone who’s ever been in a motor vehicle accident knows all too well: That life-saving trip to the emergency room is often only the first step in the long road to recovery. Injuries from car accidents can sometimes impact your life for months or years after the initial incidents if the proper treatment is not sought.

Among the injuries for which patients often seek physical therapy are whiplash, broken bones, knee cartilage tears, torn rotator cuffs, crushed hands, cracked ribs and damaged lungs — as well as traumatic brain injury.

 

IS THERE MORE THAN ONE KIND OF PHYSICAL THERAPY AVAILABLE AFTER A CRASH?

Physical therapy isn’t just for whiplash or broken bones. There are several categories of crash injuries for which the treatment can be helpful. In fact, physical therapy can treat neurological and orthopedic injuries that arise from accidents.

Physical therapists can also provide neurological therapy for people who suffered from traumatic brain injuries as a result of their car accident. Brain trauma can affect balance, strength and the sense of touch, among other problems. Physical therapy is often key to improving these conditions after the accident.

Lastly and most commonly, physical therapy can treat orthopedic trauma to the neck, back, knees and shoulders. Physical Therapy for these injuries typically includes specialized exercises and gentle, targeted massage and manual therapy techniques to normalize the mechanics of the spine or area injured.

 

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO START PHYSICAL THERAPY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE?

Depending on your injury, significant muscle and joint stiffness may develop, dragging out the recovery process even longer. Physical Therapy will help you avoid creating bad habits to compensate for injury and help you move more freely and confidently. In fact, research has shown that early physical therapy after a car accident can reduce time to recovery and costs associated with the injury.

Finally, any insurance or legal claims you may be seeking will need documentation in order to prove the duration needed for physical therapy treatment.

Our team of dedicated professionals can help you with all of these issues, by working with you to determine the scope of physical therapy care that you need, as well as providing any needed professional documentation. Call us today for an appointment, so that you can begin recovery from your motor vehicle accident as soon as possible.