Five Reasons to Undergo Physical Therapy After a Car Accident

Five Reasons to Undergo Physical Therapy After a Car Accident man visiting with a physical therapy nurse who is checking his knee reflexes

Why Should I Do Physical Therapy?

Physical therapy can be beneficial for those who are injured in a car accident that limits their mobility and function. Having lost their previous physical prowess, accident victims are often depressed. By embarking on a regimen of PT, they may find they can once again enjoy activities they engaged in before the accident. 

Another feature of physical therapy is its focus on lifestyle changes and activities that help the patient avoid accidents in the future. It promotes a higher level of responsiveness to stimuli whether it is a tennis ball soaring overhead or a car into your lane. Finally, physical therapy serves to improve overall health and gives the patient a sense of well-being while helping to avoid the need for more invasive procedures. 

Let's take a look at five reasons to engage in physical therapy.

Improving Mobility Is a Reason for Using Physical Therapy

After a car accident, many people find themselves having trouble moving or walking as they did in the past. Using strengthening and stretching exercises, the mobility you had can be reached.

PT to Reduce Pain

Many people suffer constant pain after a car accident. The level of the pain may vary, but for many, it is always there and interrupts their daily life. Once again, exercise can help as directed by a physical therapist.

Other ways to relieve pain may be introduced by a physical therapist. These include:

  • Soft tissue treatment
  • Joint manipulation
  • Electrical stimulation
  • Wrapping or assistive devices
  • Ultrasound treatments

Each mode of therapy can help reduce or eliminate pain and assist in making it easier to get around. This might mean meeting a group of friends for lunch or walking to play with one's children.

Physical Therapy to Restore Balance and Lessen the Likelihood of Falling

One of the first things they do at physical therapy is to determine your fall risk. After a car accident, this becomes a real concern for some people.  If this happens to you, you will be given a series of exercises that mimic the challenges that people face with poor balance and counteract them. Certain exercises will also be provided that help with coordination. 

Avoiding Invasive Procedures

After a car accident, physical therapy may help an individual avoid surgery to deal with an injury. Oftentimes, PT helps relieve pain to such a degree that the person does not need surgery to correct the problem. Alternatively, it might help prepare the person to withstand the rigors of surgical intervention by strengthening the problem area. Working to strengthen the area prior to surgery may help the healing process afterward and hasten the person’s recuperation. 

Reduce Anxiety and Depression

After a car accident, many people have problems with depression and anxiety. This interrupts their life and may even keep them from driving again. In order to get back to their previous wholeness, it is necessary to alleviate these symptoms. By engaging in physical therapy, the individual may be less depressed and in control of their body and their emotional well-being. 

How an Attorney Can Help

At the Morris Law Accident Injury Lawyers, we encourage our clients to follow their doctor’s orders. If physical therapy is recommended, it is important to follow their instructions. We provide legal advice to our clients, but we also worry about their well-being after an accident.

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