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Seeing A Physical Therapist After An Accident

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Getting into an accident of any kind can be scary, whether you were injured in a car accident, a slip and fall accident, or riding your bike. Although accidents happen every day and many people walk away with minor to no injuries, this is not always the case. It can be devastating to get into an accident that causes serious injuries and makes it difficult for you to go back to work or for you to have a difficult time performing your regular tasks. If you were recently injured, you should consider seeing how a physical therapist may be able to help you. 

What kind of injuries can a person get from a typical accident? 

While it is hard to qualify a “typical accident”, you may find that there are injuries that are common to car accidents or other accidents, like slipping and falling. Some common injuries that people may deal with after accidents are: 

  • Stiffness in muscles 
  • Soft tissue injuries 
  • Whiplash
  • Pain in the upper or lower extremities
  • Difficulty moving your neck

These are just a few issues that you may be dealing with following an accident, and you may be curious how a team, like a physical therapy team from an office like Mid Atlantic Spinal Rehab & Chiropractic, may be able to help you. Your physical therapist may be able to help with:

  • Reducing the pain. You may not realize how much pain you were in until you finally start to see some improvements. Your physical therapist can help guide you through different movements and exercises that can loosen and relax your muscles which can take the stress off of different parts of your body. 
  • Preventing too much damage. If you do not take care of an injury quickly then it may end up doing long-term or even permanent damage. This could include losing muscle and limiting your mobility. Your physical therapist can address certain issues right away–and in a safe manner–to help avoid your injuries taking over the rest of your life. 
  • Avoiding surgery. While there is never any guarantee, going to physical therapy and loyally following the regimen they establish for you can help reduce your chance of needing surgery if it is something that can be avoided. 
  • Long-term injuries. If you were in an accident years ago, physical therapy can still be beneficial to you. You may not be able to take full advantage of physical therapy like you would have immediately following the accident but it can still help you gain muscle mass and allow you to improve your range of motion by providing you with a safe space to work on your injuries. 

Physical therapy can seem scary. It can seem like it would not be enough to truly help you following an accident, but your physical therapist will have the experience and training to know what techniques to use when working with you. If you are interested in seeing how a physical therapist can help you after you have become injured from an accident, call your local office today.