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Why should I see a physiotherapist after a car accident?

Motor vehicle collisions are unfortunately quite common and can result in various injuries. Here are a list of some of the most common injuries we see at Leduc Physio with a short explanation of how our team can help you recover.

1. Whiplash: This injury occurs when the head is forcefully jerked forward and backward, causing strain on the neck. Symptoms may include neck pain, stiffness, headaches, and limited range of motion. Physiotherapy can help by providing manual therapy techniques, such as soft tissue mobilization and joint mobilization, to reduce pain and improve neck mobility. Additionally, exercises targeting neck strength and flexibility are prescribed to aid in recovery and prevent long-term complications.

2. Back injuries: Motor vehicle collisions often cause trauma to the back, leading to injuries such as herniated discs, sprains, and strains. These injuries can cause back pain, muscle spasms, and difficulty performing everyday activities. Physiotherapy interventions focus on relieving pain through modalities like heat or cold therapy, ultrasound, and electrical stimulation. Therapists may also employ techniques like spinal mobilization and manipulation to restore proper joint alignment and reduce pain. Exercise programs are designed to strengthen the supporting muscles and improve flexibility to enhance overall back function.

3. Fractures: Collisions can sometimes result in bone fractures, such as broken arms, legs, or ribs.

Physiotherapy can play a vital role in the rehabilitation process by providing pain management techniques, assisting with the safe and gradual return to weight-bearing activities, and preventing muscle atrophy through targeted exercises. Moreover, physiotherapists employ various modalities, such as ultrasound therapy, to improve bone healing and reduce associated pain.

4. Soft tissue injuries: These injuries involve damage to muscles, tendons, ligaments, and other connective

tissues. Common soft tissue injuries include strains, sprains, and contusions, which may result in pain, swelling, and reduced range of motion. Physiotherapy aims to reduce inflammation and restore tissue flexibility through techniques like manual therapy, stretching, and strengthening exercises. Additionally, a phased rehabilitation program is developed to gradually increase activity levels and promote functional recovery.

Physiotherapy can play a crucial role in the management and rehabilitation of motor vehicle collision injuries. By addressing pain, restoring mobility, and improving function, physiotherapists help individuals regain their independence, manage symptoms, and facilitate a successful return to pre-injury activities.

If you are unsure how to start physiotherapy after a collision, give our front desk a call (780) 980-5443. Our team can help guide you through the expected paperwork and insurance details and get you booked in for your first physiotherapy assessment appointment. If you would like to book your own physiotherapy or massage therapy assessment, you schedule it online anytime HERE.

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