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Should you see a PT after a car accident?
After a collision, symptoms may develop right away. However, many people take hours or days to develop symptoms. This is normal and is a result of your body recovering from the shock of the impact. If left untreated, these symptoms can persist. Therefore, it is important to seek treatment to reduce the chances of having chronic symptoms.
Common symptoms include:
- Neck pain, whiplash
- Back pain
- Shoulder pain
Regardless of the severity, your injuries can impact your daily life and function. Our clinical staff are experienced in treating a spectrum of motor vehicle accident injuries and will help to improve your quality of life.
Whiplash is the most common injury after a car accident and is characterized by a collection of symptoms including:
- Neck and arm stiffness
- Altered sleeping patterns
- Difficulty with concentration
In other words, your nervous system and muscles are fired up and guarding. Evidence shows that targeted exercises and mobilization programs by a physical therapist are the best treatment for whiplash.
Physical therapy can restore motion, relieve pain, and accelerate your recovery
PTs are musculoskeletal experts who can treat the impairments underlying your symptoms. Your therapist will work with you one-on-one to develop a plan tailored to your individual needs.
Throughout your plan of care, your physical therapist may incorporate the following techniques:
- Manual therapy to mobilize joints, reduce stiffness, and restore movement
- Custom exercises to address your limitations
- Modalities aimed at modulating pain and calming down your nervous system
If you have been injured in an accident, seek out physical therapy as soon as possible in order to address your pain and dysfunction.