You’re cruising down the road, enjoying your music or news, switching in between lanes and in the matter of seconds – it happens. Someone crashes into you, you crash into someone, or even worse. Car accidents are very scary and take a huge toll on the body and mind. Once the hormones and adrenaline wear off (which can take a few days), you might experience some pain or discomfort that wasn’t initially there right after the accident. Some common things people experience post-accident are whip lash, concussions, bruises, fractures, and even broken bones.
It is very important to be evaluated by your doctor post car accident, even if you aren’t feeling any discomfort or issues. Some people say, “Well I’m just a little sore. I don’t think it’s bad enough to see a doctor.” And while yes, you might just be a little sore, there could be a more serious issue under the surface. And as the saying goes, it is better to be safe than sorry.
Pain is an alert system in your body and you should never ignore it because it can lead to permanent damage. It might sound easier to pop a few doses of pain killers throughout the day, but the pain killers are just masking your symptoms. If a couple of weeks go by and you’re experiencing new or worsening symptoms, it is in your best interest to have your doctor write up a referral for Physical Therapy. A Physical Therapist will determine the root cause of your problem and work with you to develop a plan of action to get you back to your daily activities. Even if it’s been a while since your accident, Physical Therapy is still beneficial to help prevent permanent damage to your body.
Why you should seek a Physical Therapist post car accident:
- Strengthen and rebuild muscle
- Have the fastest recovery possible
- Prevent long-term damage
- Much more affordable than surgery
- Avoid surgery and/or side effects of medication
- Restore function, flexibility and mobility
- It is an all-natural and 100% safe approach