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An auto accident is scary enough on its own, but add a soft tissue injury, and now there is another layer of concern in the aftermath of a crash. How serious is your injury and where do you even start to get treatment? 

We’re here to help you every step of the way. First, let’s identify the most common soft tissue injuries associated with car accidents, and then work through the treatment options available and the necessary steps to seek pain relief. 

Types of soft tissue injuries to look for after a car accident

Soft tissue injuries are often related to any damage to muscle ligaments, tendons or other connective tissue in the body. These injuries are commonly caused by sudden, forceful movement or blunt trauma, which is why a car accident can lead to any one of the most common soft tissue injuries, such as:

1. Contusions — A contusion is the medical term for a bruise. However, after a car accident, you may experience extensive and/or expansive bruising that requires treatment to relieve.

2. Whiplash — Whiplash occurs when the head is whipped violently back and forth, causing damage to the ligaments and muscles in the neck and shoulders. This is often one of the most common soft tissue injuries associated with a car accident.

3. Strains and sprains — A sprain is an overstretching or tear in a ligament, while a strain is an overstretching or tear in a muscle or tendon. Both are caused by sudden, forceful movements that can cause the soft tissue to rip or pull apart, depending on the angle and force of the movement.

If you have suffered any of these soft tissue injuries following a car accident, you should schedule an appointment with your doctor for further evaluation. In some cases, it may benefit you to go directly to a physical therapist — direct access states, such as New Jersey, where our Arrow Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation clinics are located, do not require a physician referral to see a physical therapist. However, after a car accident, it is usually prudent to see your general practitioner first for a full examination and then a referral for treatment for your soft tissue injury.

Physical therapy for soft tissue injuries caused by car accidents

Physical therapy is often recommended to treat soft tissue injuries caused by car accidents. While your physical therapist will create a personalized treatment specific to your condition, the most common methods of physical therapy used to treat soft tissue injuries include:

  • Manual therapy.
  • Cupping.
  • Instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) therapy.

To see if physical therapy is the treatment option for the soft tissue injuries you sustained from a car accident, contact our clinic today to schedule a free screening. Our team at Arrow Physical Therapy will walk with you every step of the way to help you gain back your quality of life.

Categories: Auto Injury