If you get injured in an auto accident, you want to regain your strength, mobility, and pain-free lifestyle as quickly as possible. Physical therapy can help you do just that.
As an auto accident specialist, Robert Mitchell, MD, of Tulsa Accident Care Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, diagnoses and treats car accident injuries. In many cases, physical therapy is a vital part of the recovery plan. In this blog, Dr. Mitchell explains what’s involved in physical therapy as well as some of its many benefits.
Mobility can be difficult when you’re in pain. In fact, pain is one of the most common causes of loss of mobility. Physical therapy can help reduce pain and improve range of motion and strength. Your physical therapist will evaluate your injury and identify the areas that need rehabilitation.
Physical therapy employs a number of therapeutic exercises, such as soft tissue and joint mobilization. Patients are also trained on proper exercise techniques, and many people benefit from maintaining these exercises even after their program finishes to help avoid future injury.
Patients who have lost mobility due to an accident can use physical therapy to regain as much function as possible. To this end, a physical therapist will integrate strengthening and stretching exercises.
A physical therapist can also create a tailored plan to help patients return to a certain activity, such as a particular sport, gardening, or climbing the stairs. The therapist can also guide patients on altering the activity if it wouldn’t be safe to engage in it the way they used to.
Although surgery is sometimes inevitable, in some cases, physical therapy can help you avoid surgery by relieving pain and helping you recover from your injury.
Even if you still need surgery, physical therapy can help you go into surgery stronger and healthier, which could lead to a better and more rapid recovery.
Physical therapy can help prevent future injuries. Physical therapists can assess you for muscle weakness as well as balance impairments. Your physical therapist can design a treatment plan to build up certain areas to reduce the risk of re-injury.
For example, if you injured your ankle in a car accident, without the proper rehabilitation, your ankle could develop chronic instability, which could put you at risk for falling and reinjury. A physical therapist can create a customized plan to strengthen your ankle and improve your coordination and balance. Physical therapists can also teach you how to compensate if there’s a weakness in the injured area.
Physical therapy is just one aspect of a comprehensive car accident rehabilitation plan. Our team will determine the best course of treatment to help restore as much mobility as possible.
If you’ve been injured in a car accident, call 918-372-3694 or book an appointment online with Tulsa Accident Care Center today.