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: a life-saving trip to Shoulder Physical Therapy Exercises the emergency room is often only the first step in the long road to recovery. Injuries from car accidents can impact your life for months or years after the initial incidents.
Among the injuries for which patients often seek physical therapy are whiplash, knee damage, torn rotator cuffs, crushed hands, cracked ribs, and damaged lungs — as well as traumatic brain injury, nervous system disorders, stress disorder, and non-specific pain.
Is there more than one kind of physical therapy available after a crash?
Work injury treatment isn’t just for whiplash or broken bones. There are several categories of crash injuries for which the treatment can be helpful.
One such sub-specialty is cardiovascular therapy, but it is often related more to the pulmonary system than the heart for accident victims. For example, bruised and cracked ribs can interfere with lung capacity, Physical Therapy For Lower Back Pain so a heart-lung therapist will work with the patient to improve breathing function.
Physical therapists can also provide neurological therapy for people who suffered traumatic brain injuries as a result of their car accidents. Brain trauma can affect balance, strength, and the sense of touch, among other serious problems. Physical therapy is often key to improving these conditions after the accident.
Why is it important to start physical therapy as soon as possible?
Depending on your injury, scar tissue can build up along injured muscles, tendons, and joints — making the recovery process that much longer if you don’t work on it as soon as possible. PT also helps you avoid “teaching” your body bad habits to make up for your injuries, such as potentially throwing your spine out of alignment because you’re favoring an aching hip.
Finally, any insurance or legal claims you may seek will need documentation to prove the duration needed for work injury rehabilitation.
Our team of physical therapists can help you with all these issues by working with you to determine the scope of physical therapy care you need and providing any required professional documentation.
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