Of the estimated six million vehicular accidents that occur in the United States each year, almost half are rear-ended collisions. While a rear-end accident is typically relatively minor, both in bodily injury as well as cumulative vehicular damage, it can still produce damage that can last you a lifetime. Additionally, because we are more likely to brush off seemingly small side effects of such an accident, we’re less likely to seek the treatment that we need. Fortunately, physical therapy can provide victims of such collisions with major benefits. How exactly can physical therapy help?
Medical studies have found that mild injuries which go untreated in the period of time directly following an accident can manifest as migraines and chronic pain (such as neck pain) later on in one’s life. There is a relatively short window of time during which you can seek treatment and physical therapy for such injuries, and it is absolutely crucial that you do so.
Although we tend to think that rest is the only way to recuperate from an injury, this isn’t necessarily the case. Many times, remaining completely sedentary in the days and weeks following an injury can actually be detrimental to our recovery. Physical exercise brings oxygen and other vital nutrients into the blood, which greatly accelerates the healing process.
As many of us are all too aware, these days, even minor surgical procedures can prove outrageously costly and complicated. Numerous surgeries can put a serious strain on our resources; we may not have the finances to fund such surgeries, or we may not have the time. Physical therapy is a much more cost-effective solution to addressing the treatment of mild injuries. It can – and will – save you a significant amount of time, stress and money later on in life.
Recovering from a car accident is never easy, but the stress, pain and cost of recovery can be greatly lessened with the help of physical therapy. If you are suffering from injuries due to an auto accident, it’s imperative that you seek physical therapy as soon as possible.