One of the most common accident-induced injuries occur with whiplash. Initial medical treatment for the typical auto injury usually consists of painkillers and a neck brace, which do little to repair the underlying damage. Physical therapy is the primary method for repair and strengthening of damaged tissue and for avoiding excessive scar growth. Failure to seek proper treatment after an accident can induce long-term injury and health complications.
Anyone who has been injured in an accident should seriously consider consulting with a physical therapist. The medical documentation of physical therapy are beneficial to the patient’s case, and treatment improves a patient’s general well-being and lifestyle. Whether you are mildly hurt or are suffering from a long-term debilitating injury, you can benefit tremendously from such treatment.
Physical therapists create patient specific plans designed to enable the patient to perform their daily tasks at the highest possible level of function. While a physical therapist will set different goals for different patients, common goals of therapy include:
- Improving physical function and movement
- Decreasing/managing the patient’s pain
- Preventing re-injury
- Increasing the patient’s strength, endurance, range of motion and flexibility
Therapists will usually begin treatment with simple stretches and gradually work towards more challenging exercises, depending on the injury, limitations, and recovery goals. In addition manual therapy, such as soft tissue mobilization and joint mobilization, can help decrease a patient’s pain, reduce swelling, and restore motion.
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