Every 10 seconds an American is treated in an emergency department for motor vehicle injuries. Individuals that are involved in motor vehicle accidents can have a lot of pain afterwards. In a motor vehicle accident, the impact typically causes a quick and forceful flexion-extension motion of the body that pulls and strains the muscles, tendons, and ligaments. This is called is a whiplash injury. This is a non-medical term used to describe neck, shoulder, and possibly back pain that occurs after an abnormal motion or force that causes the body to move beyond the normal range of motion. It can also be associated with weakness, numbness or tingling, and headaches.
Research suggests that receiving physical therapy in the early or late stages of a motor vehicle accident will support long-term recovery for pain, range of motion, and function. Ideally receiving early care is helpful to minimize inflammation and facilitate the correct position and alignment of the joints and soft tissue of the body. This allows a more efficient and rapid recovery and minimizes future complications from the injury.
At Peak Physical Therapy and Wellness, our physical therapists guide the individual to start actively moving the muscles within an appropriate range. This helps increase circulation, heal inflamed connective tissue and helps to prevent long-term loss of muscle function.
Our individualized treatment plans include:
- Protection, rest, ice or heat
- Gradual stretching to increase range of motion and muscle length
- Stabilization and postural awareness to improve alignment of the body.
- Gentle strengthening and conditioning to avoid stressing the areas that are healing.
- Soft tissue massage, mobilization, and strain-counterstrain to improve movement and decrease pain.
- Modalities to reduce inflammation and pain such as electrical stimulation, ultrasound, and cold laser.
Please contact us to schedule an appointment or, if you need to ask any questions.
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