Physiotherapy After A Car Accident
Were you recently involved in a motor vehicle accident?
You could have been the driver or the passenger and you may be suffering from ‘whiplash’. Whiplash is overstretching 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. Hence why it is important to receive Physiotherapy after a car accident.
Physiotherapy can help reduce pain, improve strength, balance, mobility and overall fitness.
Early Physiotherapy Intervention
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.
Common treatments after a car accident can include:
- Soft tissue massage
- Manual therapy
- Gentle joint mobilisations
- 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.