Car Accident Physical Therapy
Injuries from a car accident can be extremely stressful, burdensome and painful. The pain from your injuries can interfere with your day to day life and progress over time, which is why it is essential to initiate care as soon as possible. When evaluating care options, you may wonder what type of care will best relieve your acute pain, as well as yield permanent relief in the long run. Research shows that there are many benefits to initiating physical therapy care within 96 hours after you are in a motor vehicle accident.
Why Choose Physical Therapy When You’ve Been in a Car Accident?
- At New Heights Physical Therapy Plus, our therapists always perform a thorough examination of your injuries and determine the best course of action to provide the most beneficial symptom relief. They gather information about your medical history, the type and severity of the accident, and other types of treatment you are receiving in conjunction with your physical therapy to determine what treatments, exercises, and modalities will be most helpful with your healing.
- Acute treatment may include manual therapies (which may include manipulations, strain-counterstrain, or other hands-on techniques), light pumping exercises, and/or microcurrent.
- Long term treatment may include manual therapies and/or specific strengthening exercises to decrease long term discomfort.
- Studies have shown that physical therapy is effective in treating whiplash injuries because it prescribes active treatment which includes physical therapy evaluation, posture control, neck rotation and pumping exercises, strengthening exercises, and other treatments depending on the needs of the patient. Again, for best treatment results, active care ideally begins within 96 hours of the accident.
- Whether your injuries are joint, muscle, neurological, whiplash or vestibular-ocular we are prepared to treat you quickly and efficiently.
Experience You Can Rely On When It Comes to Car Accident Treatment
Our senior physical therapists have an average of more than fifteen years clinical experience with a wide range of continuing education. We have extensive experience in the diagnosis and treatment of whiplash and other auto injuries and are confident we will have you feeling better as soon as possible.
Whiplash is a neck injury that occurs when your head suddenly moves back-and-forth in a rapid motion. The pain can be mild to severe and can develop within days of your injury. You may experience:
- Dizziness and nausea
- Problems with vision
- Neck stiffness and soreness
- Difficulty moving head or neck
- Pain in the shoulder area
- Pain down the arm to the hand
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, you’ll want to get treated sooner rather than later to help prevent long term effects. Contact us, we have a location in Vancouver and another in East Portland for your convenience.
What do you do for Whiplash?
We use the Cervical-Ocular Vestibular System (COV) designed by our own Physical Therapist Donna Gramont, PT, MOMT, OCS for our whiplash patients. This system uses a laser and headgear to test and pinpoint problems to your neurological system and helps rehabilitate your balance, sensation, and eye control which can be affected by whiplash.
We like to start whiplash rehabilitation exercises and COV treatments within a week or two of your whiplash injury, but we’ve even seen progress with patients who’ve suffered whiplash symptoms for a long time.
Muscles & Joint Rehabilitation
During treatment, our physical therapists will provide exercises and gentle motions 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.
Eye Control Rehabilitation
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.
Can Whiplash Cause Long Term Problems?
Yes, whiplash can cause long term problems. Some of the long term effects of a whiplash injury include:
- Neck stiffness
- Shoulder stiffness
- Chronic pain
- Numbness in the legs, arms, and hands
- Memory issues
- Concentration problems
- Sleeping difficulties
- Bouts of dizziness
- Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
- Reduced range of motion in the neck
This is why it’s important to address and treat your whiplash injury as soon as you experience symptoms, even if they’re minor.
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 your 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.
If you’ve been involved in an auto accident or have suffered whiplash and are seeking treatment, contact us today. We strive to create the ideal healing environment for our patients and we’re dedicated to helping our patients recover by providing exceptional care. We offer in-person appointments and telehealth appointments.
Car Accident Physical Therapy in Portland OR and Vancouver WA
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