No matter who you decide to see for treatment after being involved in a car accident, the most important thing is that you seek treatment. Auto-related injuries can often take time to develop, and being proactive about your care can help you prevent injuries from worsening. In very many cases, doctors will recommend physical therapy sessions for patients who have been in a car accident to promote the healing process and improve functioning. 

While some people do seek chiropractic care after a car accident as well, there are several important advantages to working with a physical therapist. Physical therapy is more firmly established as an allied health discipline, with therapists working more widely in the medical mainstream and using evidence-based techniques. Additionally, physical therapy has a broader functional focus on the body, where chiropractic care deals primarily with “subluxations” or abnormalities in joints, particularly the spine. 

To help you better understand how a physical therapist can help you receive effective treatment if you’ve been in a car accident, we’re sharing the following information. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us for more information. 

How do physical therapists treat auto-related injuries? 

Like other providers, the first step in your treatment with a physical therapist should be a thorough evaluation. This gives your therapist a clearer picture of your injury, your symptoms, and how it is affecting your basic functioning and overall activity level. Depending on your specific injury, you will then work together to develop a custom treatment plan to accomplish the following goals: 

  • Restore basic functioning
  • Promote the natural healing process
  • Improve strength and stability
  • Increase range of motion 

Standard treatment options for physical therapy include therapeutic exercise, manual therapy and active release technique.

Learn more about car accident treatment with a physical therapist

Arrow Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation is committed to the highest level of compassionate care. One of our licensed and experienced clinicians will work with you one-on-one to develop an effective treatment plan for your specific situation and treatment goals. 

To schedule your initial appointment at one of our convenient locations, contact us today.