The most common auto injury (over 1,000,000 cases per year) is “whiplash” injury. Since there is no visible injury and the initial pain is not severe, people do not often seek professional help. This is a big mistake.
Why Physical Therapy after Auto Injury?
- Initial medical treatment for the typical auto injury usually consists of painkillers and a neck brace. This approach does little to repair the underlying injury. Physical therapy is the primary method for repair and strengthening of damaged tissue and for avoiding excessive scar growth. Regardless of the severity of the injury, you will benefit from a physical therapy program.
When Do I Start Treatment for an Auto Injury?
- It is highly recommended to begin physical therapy within one week following an auto injury. Treatment will be initiated to control pain and diminish swelling. Small movements are introduced to begin your tissue’s repair process.
- You can begin physical therapy anytime. If pain or dysfunction remains, physical therapy can help. Most connective tissue injuries are quite slow to heal. There is no question that physical therapy is beneficial in helping you return to full function.
Failure to receive proper treatment after an auto injury could result in long-term health issues.