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Car Accident Injuries That Can be Treated with Physical Therapy

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Car accidents are an easy way for a person’s life to be totally flipped upside down. You can go from being someone who works out and enjoys exercise to someone who can barely function on your own due to an unexpected car accident. This is how severe car accidents can be for those in Collinsville, IL, and across the country. This is however not to say that it is impossible to recover after you have been injured in a car accident. Make sure that you are following anything that the doctor tells you, and rest as much as possible. But once you are back on your feet, you may still feel sore, and your muscles may not feel as they once did. This is why some people consider trying physical therapy in order to restore motion and normal functioning back to their injured muscles. Here are some of the most common injuries that people experience in a car accident that physical therapy can assist with.

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Headaches & Whiplash

Whiplash is a common injury that occurs in car accidents and is caused when the neck suddenly jerks forward or backward on significant impact. The muscles in your neck can then become strained, and sometimes even tear due to the weight of your head being jerked back and forth. This can lead to several problems including tightness in your neck as well as acute pain. It also can cause tenderness and headaches at the base of your skull, which can restrict your range of motion, including not being able to nod your head or move it from side to side.

This is where physical therapy can be a solution. This process can help you relax, strengthen, and stretch your neck muscles in a variety of ways. Your physical therapist is most likely going to recommend a variety of neck exercises, neck massage, and maybe even dry needling in order to reduce your symptoms. After the regimen, you should be able to feel immense relief from the whiplash effects.

Neck & Back Strains

One of the many forms of back & neck injuries that you can receive due to a car accident are strains. Back strains are quite painful despite being a milder form of injury. This is because a strained back is resting you in many ways and can impact your daily life in almost every way. Resting and alternating between heat and ice can help your ack recover, but physical therapy is also strongly recommended.

Once the general pain is reduced, seeing a physical therapist can help you get the strength back into your back muscles again. You will most likely do a variety of exercises including stretches that will help release and relax the muscles as well as several strengthening exercises to bring back power into your back muscles. 

Shoulder Injuries

It is not totally uncommon for there to be injuries in your shoulders after a car accident. If it has been a while since your accident injury, and your shoulder strain has not been reduced, it may be time for you to invest in a physical therapist.

Physcial Therapy

The therapy for your shoulder strain typically focuses on releasing any tension in your muscles and helps bring your range of motion back to how it was. This is done by carefully crafting a regimen including deep tissue massages, exercises, and myofascial releases in order to help improve mobility in your shoulders.

If you or a loved one has been in a car accident and is suffering from long-term injuries, we at Brunton Law Offices suggest speaking to a physical therapist in order to have your injuries assessed and get placed on the proper treatment plan.