According to a report by the Association for Safe International Road Travel, more than 2 million people are injured or disabled in auto accidents every year. That breaks down to about 6,400 injuries every day.
With such high accident statistics, it’s clear that auto accident injury treatment is something you should know something about, and physical therapists can help you learn about such injuries and how physical therapy techniques treat them. In fact, there are two types of injuries in particular that a physical therapist can help treat.
1. Soft tissue injuries
Auto accidents often result in soft tissue injuries. In fact, this is a common type of auto accident injury treated by physical therapists.
Soft tissue includes things like muscles, skin, fascia, ligaments and tendons. These structures are important to your body, and any of them can be injured by the high forces of a car crash. For instance, glass fragments or torn sheet metal can cause cuts and abrasions on your skin. Also, your knee could be slammed into the steering wheel, dashboard or center console. This could result in injury to knee muscles or ligaments, such as the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).
2. Head and neck injuries
Head and neck injuries are another type of common auto accident injury physical therapists often treat. The head is supported by the muscles and ligaments of your neck, and it contains your body’s most precious structure: your brain.
During a car accident, violent forces can lead to many types of head injuries. For example, whiplash is an injury that results from the rapid and forceful movement of the neck and head. This can injure structures in your neck and may also lead to head pain. Concussions are another common car crash-related head injury. This injury is the result of the brain slamming into the inside of the skull. Concussions can cause brain bruising, headaches, nausea and other symptoms that can be treated with physical therapy.
Arrow Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation can help you find effective auto accident injury treatment
At Arrow Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation, our team is committed to building you that most effective therapy plan for a variety of injuries. One type of treatment we offer is auto accident injury therapy, and such treatment plans may use therapy techniques such as:
If you’ve been injured in a car accident, our team is ready to help you get the treatment you need. Contact our team today for more information or to schedule an initial appointment.