Auto Injury TreatmentCar Accident & Whiplash Treatment
Car Accident Physical Therapy
Initial medical treatment for a typical auto accident injury consists of painkillers and a neck brace. However, this does little to actually repair the underlying injury. Physical Therapy is the primary method for repairing and strengthening damaged tissue. Regardless of the severity of the injury, you will benefit from a physical therapy program.
Fortunately for those in the Portland OR area, Donna Gramont, PT, MOMT, OCS of New Heights Physical Therapy has over 20 years of training and experience with these types of injuries.
A common injury that occurs after car accidents, whiplash is an injury to the neck area that results from a sudden and forceful snapping motion. Some symptoms of whiplash include:
- Dizziness and Nausea
- Problems with Vision
- Neck Stiffness and Soreness
- Difficulty moving head or neck
- Pain in the shoulder area
When Do I Start Treatment for an Auto Accident Injury?
You can begin physical therapy anytime. However, it is highly recommended to begin physical therapy within one week following an auto accident. Failure to receive proper treatment after a car accident could result in long-term issues.
People tend to only focus on the muscles and joints when rehabilitating whiplash, even though more than muscles and joints are damaged by this injury. Whiplash often damages the neurological systems that control balance and how your eyes move. Research shows that people who do not recover properly from whiplash often have damage to these systems.
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How We Treat – Whiplash
New Heights Physical Therapy uses the Cervical-ocular laser system to test and rehabilitate balance, sensation, and eye control. Exercise done once can point out problems and damage to the neurological systems. Done repeatedly with increasing difficulty, the Cervical-ocular laser system rehabilitates the neurological systems that affect balance and eye movement. Rehabilitating these neurological systems can remove barriers to full recovery from whiplash. For muscles, joints, and neurology, results of whiplash rehabilitation are best when treatment starts within a week or two of the injury, but even patients who have suffered with symptoms for a long time can make good progress with our more thorough rehabilitation techniques.
Muscles & Joints
During treatment, our physical therapists will provide exercises and stretches that will help minimize pain while improving posture control, neck rotation, and range of motion. As the body heals an injured area, new tissues develop, and movement is the best way to ensure the new tissues develop successfully.
Specialized head gear worn by our patients points a laser to large patterns on the wall, and patients move their eyes and head to direct the laser through prescribed exercises. After continually performing these exercises, your oculomotor and vestibular systems recover from your injury.
Common complaints of a whiplash injury include dizziness, difficulty reading, and problems with vision. Because whiplash affects the system responsible for how your eyes move, it is important to also consider this when getting physical therapy for whiplash. Our physical therapists have the tools and knowledge to help you fully recover from your car accident injury.
The Long Term Symptoms of Whiplash Injury
Nationwide, an estimated 1/3 of people who suffer whiplash injuries continue to have symptoms even three years after their accidents. Additionally, in a study of 100 people who were rear-ended in an auto accident, 14% of those people still had significant pain after 8 years! Therefore, it is crucial to schedule an appointment with a physical therapist to start yor immediate recovery. Home remedies and pain medication are only temporary solutions that do not properly or fully heal the injured site, but physical therapy can ensure a complete and healthy recovery from auto injuries and whiplash.
Call to schedule your free consultation today! At New Heights Physical Therapy, we strive to create the ideal healing environment for our patients. Our team is dedicated to helping patients recover by providing exceptional care.
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