Physiotherapy After A Car Accident
Were you recently involved in a motor vehicle accident near Parramatta?
You could have been the driver or the passenger and you may be suffering from ‘whiplash’. Whiplash is over stretching of soft tissues in the neck and upper back region.
Symptoms can be immediate and in some cases can develop days after the initial accident. Symptoms can include acute neck pain, tenderness over the neck muscles, neck and upper back stiffness, difficulty sleeping, difficulty working on a computer, uncomfortable to sit for a given time.
Why is it important to receive Physiotherapy after a car accident.
Physiotherapy can help reduce pain, improve strength, balance, mobility and overall fitness.
Early Physiotherapy intervention is important after a car accident and can assist by:
- Reducing time off work
- Promotes prompt recovery
- Physiotherapy can provide reassurance, advice and education on symptom management
- Advice on exercise and activity to best manage injury
- Restore range of motion and strength to neck
What to expect when you visit a Physiotherapist
Visiting a Physiotherapist after a car accident is generally a pleasant experience. A physical assessment is carried out which involves checking joint range of movement and strength. Assessment findings are discussed with the patient to develop a suitable treatment plan to meet the individual’s goals.
What kind of treatments are there?
Common treatments after a car accident can include the following techniques, but of course it depends on the outcome of the physical assessment what treatment you will get:
- Soft tissue massage
- Manual therapy
- Trigger point releases
- Gentle joint mobilizations
- Taping techniques
- Education and advice
- Posture management
- Home exercises and stretches
Treatment time can vary from person to person depending on the severity of the car accident. Early diagnosis and treatment can be beneficial in reducing recovery time.
Are you covered for physiotherapy after a car accident?
Regardless of who caused the accident, physiotherapy may be covered under your CTP insurance. You can read in the table below what to do after an accident to see if you are covered for physiotherapy.
If you have had a car accident recently and require Physiotherapy treatment or if you want more information. Contact us today on 0479 080 800 or via email on [email protected]. You can also visit our website for further details.