Car accidents, even small ones, almost always mean a bad day. The effects of a car accident can take that bad day and extend it for days, weeks, even sometimes years. There is insurance to deal with, financial issues may arise, medical treatments & bills—and there can be long-lasting physical discomfort. Proper treatment for injuries, no matter how seemingly small, can significantly shorten the time you spend suffering from injuries ranging from minor whiplash to far more serious injuries.
Physical therapy is one treatment that can expedite the healing process. It’s based around moving & manipulating various body parts to improve function & mobility, increase strength, and decrease pain. Your physical therapist will help you develop a personalized treatment plan that involves office visits as well as at-home exercises.
The first step to recovery is being examined. Even if you don’t feel like you’re in immediate pain after an accident, it is still a good choice to be examined by a medical professional. Early diagnosis in musculoskeletal injuries can be one of the keys to reducing recovery time. Once you’ve been examined and know whether you need to seek further treatment or not—you can begin to work with a physical therapist to identify areas of weakness or limitations. The physical therapist can guide you to advance down that road to recovery. Taking an active approach to rehabilitation, with the insight and wisdom of a strong team of professionals, can not only help you feel better faster, but help you heal properly, staving off of future issues from the one accident.
Research shows that staying mobile and strong during the recovery process can expedite healing. Finding a good physical therapist can be the difference between suffering for years and healing as quickly as possible. If you’re experiencing pain or stiffness that started after a car accident, give Action Reaction Physical Therapy a call. We can help you!
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