Work and Car Accidents Fact
Every day about 7,000 people are hurt in car accidents while every 7 seconds a worker is injured on the job. When involved in any type of accident, especially in a car collision, many people make a mistake and avoid the hassle of a visit to the hospital, especially if there is no visible and obvious trauma to the body. Many of those injuries do not display symptoms right away but what seems like minor or mild pain initially can develop into severe and debilitating pain over the next few weeks. What is the reason? Right after an accident, our bodies release hormones called endorphins and adrenaline to mask pain and other symptoms of injury.
In the days following the accident, the brain stops producing endorphins, and medical concerns that were hidden before, begin to appear and cause problems. Moreover, soft tissue injuries – to the muscles, tendons, and ligaments of the body might reveal even months after the circumstance. Because soft tissue damage does not cause bleeding or broken bones, may not be noticed for a longer period. Therefore, it is crucial to get a full evaluation done within a few days after an accident to exclude serious trauma that might take an exceedingly long time to recover from.
Injuries requiring physical therapy
- Whiplash Trauma
- Back Spasms and Pain
- Herniated Disc
- Ankle/Knee Sprains and Strains
- Shoulder Pain
Benefits of physical therapy after an accident
If you sustain any musculoskeletal-related trauma, such as back or neck pain, arm or leg pain, pinched nerves, muscle pain, or fractures, physical therapy can help you more than you would think.
Accelerate the recovery process
Accidents do not always mean broken bones or damage to the internal organs. Often as a result we suffer from smaller injuries that can cause big problems – pain, stiffness, reduced range of motion, migraines, and headaches. Physical therapy promotes healing by restoring function and mobility and helps to improve flexibility, strength, and range of motion.
Using hands-on therapy techniques such as the Counterstrain Technique, the Graston Technique, therapeutic exercise, or modalities such as electrical stimulation or hot/ice packs a physical therapist can help relieve muscle, joint, ligament, tendon, and nerve pain.
Minimize use of pain medications
Certain painkillers can make it difficult for people to go about their daily routines as they used to. They can cause tiredness, dizziness as well as limit the ability to safely operate vehicles, not to mention the risk of addiction. The pain relief experienced from rehabilitation may help decrease the need to take pain medication or significantly reduce the time you take it.
Prevent chronic symptoms.
If not treated properly and in a timely manner, injury symptoms have a tendency to worsen over time and result in chronic pain as well as degenerative disc disease. Customized rehabilitation plans and therapy that begin right after the accident can significantly lower the risk of experiencing later in life health issues as a result of an accident.
Avoid or delay the need for surgery
Depending on an injury, physical therapy can accelerate and support the healing process to the point that surgery might not be necessary. In cases requiring surgical intervention physical therapy before and after a procedure can diminish post-op recuperation.
Get help today!
Physical therapy after a work-related or car accident can undoubtedly bring benefits for your health. Even if you think injuries you sustained do not require rehabilitation, reach out to your provider about the best available option of treatment to ensure your full recovery.
Ready to start physical therapy? We at PDR Physical Therapy and Wellness Center are here to help you to restore your health and come back to your pre-injury health level with help from our experienced therapists.