With thousands of vehicles on the road in every city, accidents are bound to happen. Fortunately, most are minor and do not require hospitalization. However, there are the few cases that are severe, and require physical therapy. Thankfully, TRUE Health Medical has trained professionals to help rehabilitate and heal you after an accident!
What kind of injuries do you get from a car accident?
A high-speed collision can cause a victim’s head to make an impact with the windshield or steering wheel. They may suffer from not only cuts and bruises to the face, but also internal damage to the brain. A sudden jolt to the head can result in a closed head injury like a concussion, as well as more lasting forms of brain damage.
Car accidents can cause damage to the internal organs of a driver or front-seat passenger if their chest strikes the steering wheel, the dashboard, or another internal area of the vehicle. Broken ribs may result from this impact as well. Also, drivers or passengers may be forced abruptly against their seatbelt or shoulder harness, which can cause severe contusions.
Injuries to Limbs
Drivers and passengers have only a limited amount of leg room in a car, so a sudden impact can throw a leg against the dashboard, the front seats, or a door. In serious accidents, this can result in broken legs and shattered joints. A victim’s arm and shoulder also may be thrown against a door, with similar results. Extreme and fortunately rare cases can lead to the amputation of a limb.
Whiplash and Other Soft Tissue Injuries
Whiplash is one of the most common injuries in car accidents, and it has become so frequently cited in claims that many insurers view it suspiciously. This involves the forceful stretching of the muscles and ligaments in a victim’s neck and upper back. Whiplash is just one example of soft tissue injuries, which affect muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Other soft tissue injuries in car accidents can involve the muscles of the middle and lower back.
What kind of doctor should I see following a car accident?
Seek medical attention first thing following a car accident. You need to find a doctor that is skilled in treating auto accident injuries in your area. When it comes to recovering from the trauma of a car accident, you may end up working with a general practitioner, chiropractor, and physical therapist over the course of your treatment.
The first thing you should do after an auto accident is to make an assessment of your physical wellbeing. If you are able to move without further injuring yourself, then you should contact the appropriate authorities (if they have not been contacted already). Even if you don’t feel like you have been injured, we do recommend going to the hospital or at least your primary care doctor to be examined. Car accidents can cause hidden injuries that don’t produce immediate symptoms.
Pain following a car accident is a strong indication that you have suffered some form of injury. The trauma that a car accident inflicts on the body is significant, so muscle and joint irritation are common. During the crash, the body is typically jerked forward and then backward in rapid succession. It’s this violent motion that leaves the neck and lower spine injured in so many car accidents.
People who do not receive immediate treatment are often left struggling with low back pain and whiplash symptoms. If you were physically well enough to go home without needing to go immediately to the hospital following a car accident, it is still highly recommended to make an appointment with a chiropractor.
What do you use for treating auto accidents?
Dealing with the aftermath of a car accident can be overwhelming. The physical and emotional trauma of an auto wreck can cause ongoing pain and make performing simple tasks a challenge. If you try to jump back into your routine too quickly, you can limit progress and even make your situation worse. TRUE Health offers comprehensive treatments such as:
- Medical Care
- TPI’s (a procedure used to treat pain in the muscle to aid in relaxation)
- Chiropractic care
- Massage therapy
- Kinesiology Taping (adhesive that is used to treat pain or disabilities)
If you or someone you know has recently been in a car accident and requires rehabilitative therapy, TRUE Health Medical is here to help! We have trained professionals to help you recover faster, to get you back on the road to health! Contact our office today to get in touch with a specialist. To book an appointment, call us or visit us online! We serve patients from Gilbert AZ, Chandler AZ, Queen Creek AZ, Sun Lakes AZ, Mesa AZ, Sacaton AZ, and Apache Junction AZ.