Over two million people in the United States each year will experience a car accident. Many will walk away without injury, but many more will have lingering pain and disability. If you have been in a car accident, you know that you may have neck pain, back pain, shoulder pain, headaches—and more! Pain or other symptoms may not be present right after your car accident. You may even think you have walked away from your collision without any problems, only to have your neck start aching two days later.
While your doctor will perform all the necessary imaging to rule out severe injuries, such as fracture or concussion, you may be left with discomfort sleeping, sitting, or going about your normal activities. Your soft tissues—muscle, nerve, ligaments, tendons—can all be impacted by a car accident without any findings on imaging. Often you will feel increased tension throughout your body, particularly in the neck and shoulders. You may experience headaches, tingling, and shoulder pain.
Car accidents are stressful enough without lingering pain and discomfort keeping you from moving on. Our physical therapists’s goals is returning you to your life prior to the accident—whether that be driving without pain, eliminating your headaches, or getting back out on the trails.
COMMONLY TREATED CONDITIONS POST MVA:
- Whiplash (diffuse head, neck, and shoulder pain or numbness/tingling)
- Muscle Spasm
- Back Pain
- Rotator cuff strain
WHEN TO SEEK A PHYSICAL THERAPIST POST-MVA:
- You have difficulty sitting or standing for long periods of time without increased discomfort.
- You start having headaches, or your headaches change (frequency, duration, how they feel).
- You have difficulty looking at screens, driving, or simply going for a walk due to dizziness, headaches, or eye fatigue.
- You have a hard time getting to sleep or staying asleep due to pain or discomfort.
- You simply are unable to do your normal day to day activities without pain, discomfort, or fatigue.
- You have numbness and tingling into the arms/hands/feet that persists despite “normal” imaging.
If you are experiencing any of these conditions or symptoms, come visit us at Idaho Spine & Sports Physical Therapy. Your physical therapist will perform a thorough assessment to plan your recovery and rule out serious injury or need for further imaging. Let us help you reduce the post-accident stress by mapping out your road to recovery and getting you back to the things you love!
GOALS OF PHYSICAL THERAPY:
- Reduce the risk of falling
- Improve your balance
- Strengthen your body
- Improve your mobility
- Increase your level of activity
- Reduce your fear of falling
- Establish confidence in yourself and your body
If you’re experiencing problems with balance or have an increase in fear of falling, or if you have fallen in the past, our team will provide you with a full balance assessment. From there, we can establish a personalized balance and strengthening regimen for you, providing you with the confidence you need to get back to the activities you love.