What to do after a car accident injury

Automobile Accident Injuries

Car accidents are scary and emotional, and even more so if you’ve been hurt. It’s important to remain calm if you’ve been in an accident. With a little preparation, you can follow the steps for handling the situation and getting help for your injury.

When do you get medical assistance for a car accident injury?

If you’ve been in a car accident, you should visit a doctor as soon as possible. Even if you don’t immediately feel like you’ve been hurt, there are symptoms that may come up later. These can include:

  • Persistent pain
  • Stiffness
  • Dizziness and confusion
  • Numbness and tingling

You’ll want to have a doctor diagnose any injuries you may have incurred as early as possible to receive the best treatment. Since automobile accidents cause many injuries that affect your bones, joints, muscles and soft tissues, your doctor will likely recommend you visit a physical therapist for treatment.

Treating car accident injuries with physical therapy

Physical therapists are licensed healthcare professionals who specialize in treating your musculoskeletal system. This system includes your bones, joints, muscles, ligaments and tendons, which can all get hurt in a car accident.

The main goal of most physical therapy treatments for car accident injuries is to reduce pain and restore the use of your body. Many physical therapy techniques for strengthening and stretching your muscles can help you reach these goals.

Your physical therapist will make decisions about the kind of treatment you need after an assessment. The severity of your condition, along with your age, weight and medical history are all important factors to consider in your treatment. Treatments for car accident injuries often include:

  • Hands-on therapy
  • Hot and cold therapy
  • Massage therapy
  • Stretching and exercising
  • Ultrasound

Car accident injury treatment at Specialists in Sports and Orthopedic Rehabilitation (SSOR)

Our physical therapists at SSOR are experienced in treating all kinds of car accident injuries. We can also help you in cases where you need surgery to treat your injury. Physical therapy can help prepare your body before surgery and help you recover faster afterward.

Contact us today for more information or to schedule an initial appointment.