Motor Vehicle Accident Injuries
Motor vehicle accidents (MVAs) are a leading cause of injuries in the United States. The damage after a motor vehicle accident (MVA) can be intense resulting in both injuries and fatalities. On average, there are 6 million MVAs per year that result in an average of 3 million injuries. These injuries can vary in severity from mild muscle strains to debilitating fractures, brain injuries, or spinal cord injuries. A motor vehicle accident impacts people in different ways but can result in significant changes and limitations to daily life and work.
Common Motor Vehicle Accident Injuries
If you hit your head, lost consciousness, or are experiencing symptoms such as numbness, tingling, vision changes, or changes to your speech following an MVA, contact your MD.
One of the most common injuries associated with MVAs is whiplash, which is the sudden back and forth movement of the head, resulting in strained neck muscles and irritated joints. These injuries can limit neck movement, result in headaches, and make it difficult to go through your daily activities.
Back injuries are also commonly associated with MVAs and can limit movements we take for granted such as getting out of bed and bending down to tie our shoes. These injuries can take a few days to present themselves with sometimes having a delayed onset in soreness.
Fractures, injured joints, and sprained ligaments are also common injuries associated with MVAs. In some cases surgery is required and that can present a challenge as slings, braces, and crutches may be required. There are protocols and guidelines in place to ensure a safe recovery following surgical interventions.
If you did hit your head, and experienced a concussion, there are several symptoms that you may be dealing with. Dizziness, fogginess, headaches, and difficulty concentrating can be symptoms that take time to improve after a concussion.
Is Physical Therapy Helpful?
Physical therapy is helpful for injuries caused by motor vehicle accidents. Oftentimes, the injuries sustained in an MVA result in joint stiffness, muscle pain, decreased mobility, and even headaches. Physical therapy is an effective way to improve these limitations that are impacting your daily activities and work. Range of motion exercises, strength, and hands on manual therapy are tools that the physical therapists use to assist in your recovery. If you had a head injury, your therapist may work on improving your balance, reducing your dizziness, and providing valuable education on how to recover from your injury.
Following an extensive evaluation, you and your physical therapist will develop a personalized program to help you reach your goals. Physical therapy is an effective way to reduce pain and improve your function.
If you or a loved one is experiencing an injury following a motor vehicle accident, contact The FIT Institute (TFI) today at Chicago, North Center, Lincoln Square, Lincoln Park, Roscoe Village, IL, and let our trained Physical Therapists help you get on your road to recovery.