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Getting in a car accident is bad enough as it is. But getting injured in a car accident adds another layer of stress and trauma to the mix. Some of the most common car accident injuries include:

  • Whiplash
  • Bruises and cuts
  • Broken bones
  • Head injuries
  • Chest injuries
  • Arm and leg Injuries

The one thing you want to do is heal and get back to normal so you can move on from the event, right? That’s where physical therapy can help. 

Why Choose Physical Therapy?

In order to understand why you should choose physical therapy, you need to understand what physical therapy is. Physical therapy provides tools and activities that promote a hurt body to heal itself through exercises and movements that promote muscle and tissue repair and healing.

Some of the most common practices of physical therapy include massages, acupuncture and other manipulations that are focused on either a specific area or the whole body. Physical therapy is a great option when you need to grow stronger or heal joints, ligaments and muscles. It can be planned to be a short or long process for each patient. 

There are three main reasons that physical therapy can help heal injuries from car accidents. 

1. Faster Healing

If there’s one thing that everyone wants after being injured is for the healing process to go as fast as possible. However, you don’t want to make it go too fast and end up hurting yourself more. 

Your physical therapist can help you figure out the quickest route to recovery. By incorporating strength exercise and stretches, you can make a powerful combination of activities that will promote healing within your injured area. These activities will also increase your range of motion, making you feel like you are capable of doing more.

The best way to make sure you stay on track to heal faster is to follow your physical therapist’s guidance both at the office and at home. There are important steps you can take to recover after a session, such as resting and icing the injured area and doing the at-home exercises recommended.

2. Long-term Prevention

Sometimes a fast healing process isn’t an option. However, a plan to reduce your pain as fast as possible might be. 

Pain from car accident injuries can linger for weeks and months, maybe even years if it’s severe enough or has healed improperly. 

With the help of your physical therapist, you can focus on the most painful areas and find movements and activities that help them feel better. Most importantly, if started as soon as possible and done regularly, you can avoid your need for pain medication, which is always a nice plus. 

Lastly, physical therapy can help you avoid the need for surgery down the road. 

3. Better Lifestyle

Physical therapy can not only help your injured areas, but it can help your body overall. Because you’re constantly doing strength and stretching exercises, you should start to find yourself better balanced and more comfortable throughout the day. 

Better mobility is one of the greatest benefits of physical therapy and can make you feel more in control of your body. That in turn can boost your mental health as well. 

Plus, you can always ask your physical therapist for exercises or tips you can do yourself at home to lead a better lifestyle that takes care of your body. 

Trusted Physical Therapists Are Here To Help

Here at South Orange Rehabilitation and Wellness, we have a hands-on, customized approach that has you at the center. If your car accident injuries are causing problems, we can identify the source of your pain and help you get back to as pain-free a life as possible. 

We offer a long list of services that have been curated to fit each person’s needs and all services are performed by expert physical therapists. For more information, or to book your appointment today, click here. We can’t wait to meet you.