Physical Therapy after Automobile Injury
Many injuries can occur following an automobile accident that range in severity from minor to severe. Whiplash is a common occurrence with auto accidents causing pain and tightness in the cervical spine (neck) region. Other injuries, such as contusions, fractures, and muscle tightness can occur following a motor vehicle accident.
Common signs of injury associated with automobile accidents:
- Increased pain
- Muscle tightness
- Joint stiffness
- Abrasions and contusions
Physical Therapy Can Help!
Physical therapists can work with individuals following involvement in a motor vehicle accident to address varying levels of injury. For the cases of increased severity, physical therapy is utilized following surgery to help individuals return to their prior level of function. For less severe injuries, physical therapy can be utilized to help relieve pain from muscle tightness and joint stiffness. Physical therapists will work with you to create a program to address your specific needs. Physical therapy treatment may include:
- Therapeutic exercise
- Manual therapy
- Modalities such as heat and ice