One of the most common injuries from an auto accident is “whiplash” injury. In many cases there is no visible injury and the initial pain is not severe, people do not often seek professional help which is a big mistake. Initial medical treatment for the typical auto injury typically consists of painkillers and a neck brace. This approach does very 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.
It is recommended to start physical therapy within one week following an accident. Treatment will be initiated to control pain and reduce swelling. Small movements are introduced to begin your tissue’s repair process. If pain or dysfunction remains, physical therapy can certainly help. Most connective tissue injuries are slow to heal. There is no question that physical therapy is beneficial in helping you return to full function and back to your everyday life.