Motor Vehicle Accident Injuries Portland, OR

Motor Vehicle Accident Injuries

Discover How Physical Therapy Can Help You Recover After a Motor Vehicle Accident

Have You Been Involved in a Car Accident? Physical Therapy Can Help You Find Relief

Our Portland, OR physical therapists treat car accident injury recovery and have extensive experience with helping those who’ve been in a motor vehicle accident. and have the tools to help you recover for all types of motor vehicle injuries.

Have you been involved in a car accident? If so, Rose City Physical Therapy can help provide the relief you need to start feeling better. 

Physical Therapy and Relief of Pain After an Auto Accident

After a car accident, you may experience ache or pain, stiffness, reduced mobility, tiredness, fatigue, loss of strength, or headaches. Or all the above.

Physical therapy should be your choice of treatment after a car crash, as it supports the recovery process and can also help prevent long-term bodily damage, headache and chronic pain, and limitations to what you’re able to do.

Often, not all symptoms you may experience appear right after an accident. Early physical therapy helps you to keep pain symptoms at bay, improve flexibility, increase strength and function and recover faster. All with reduced long-term problems.

The sooner you get physical therapy after a car wreck, the more likely you are to have a pain-free life. 

Some benefits to physical therapy after a motor vehicle accident include:

Avoiding Surgery

Physical therapy potentially helps you avoid surgery. It strengthens ligaments, tendons, and muscles, which protect the body’s structures. It’s also a much more cost-effective solution. Clearly, we know our limits and understand that at times surgery is necessary for severe injury or injury that doesn’t fully recover and may eventually need surgical intervention. The good thing is, our experienced physical therapists understand the limitations of physical therapy and if we identify problems not improving with care, we will advocate for you, collaborate with your physician and help steer you in the right direction to get the care you need.

Treating Vertigo (Dizziness)

Physical therapists are well positioned to treat vertigo due to a car accident, with the proper background and training. At Rose City Physical Therapy some of our physical therapists have training in vertigo and dizziness management and post-concussion care.

With vertigo, it’s important to understand the various types and if a patient’s presentation is such that we can help. The common vertigo that people experience after a car accident is Benign Positional Paroxysmal Vertigo, or BPPV. Physical therapy for BPPV can often help in as little as one treatment. 

Restoring Function

Physical therapy restores function and gives back people’s quality of life after a car accident, whether it be a recent accident or injuries from an old car accident that continue to give pain and problems. You can still benefit from physical therapy even if you had an injury years ago.

Injuries from a motor vehicle accident can be multiple and extensive. At times, people are limited in activity, sometimes laid up for a while. And an overall deconditioning and weakness sets in. Physical therapists are the perfect line of defense to help. Imperative is a gradual progressive active approach to recovery using therapeutic exercise, including cardiovascular exercise, and progresive strength and fitness training. Studies show that early intervention with physical therapy can help relieve old pain and improve mobility and function. Plus, it’s a non-invasive treatment, and you won’t wind up having to rely on pain medications for relief.

Reducing Pain

Let’s face it, most people come to physical therapy because they hurt. Physical therapy helps reduce pain. Therapeutic exercises increase circulation and the demands on the heart and lungs, and this in turn increases oxygen and nutrients to the injury site and enhances healing. Every exercise and stretch prescribed by a physical therapist has a specific goal for recovery and improves function and mobility. Our Portland, OR physical therapists understand the need for recovery after a car accident and will develop a personalized treatment plan targeted to get you recovered from your car injury.

Types of physical therapy treatments used to treat motor vehicle accident injuries include manual therapy including soft tissue mobilization as well as mobilizations and manipulations to restore limited joint mobility, and most importantly specific individualized therapeutic exercise curtailed to your needs. If necessary, often in acute cases where there is a lot of pain, muscle guarding and spasm, modalities such as laser, electrical stimulation and heat and ice will be used.

Rose City Physical Therapy takes an all-body approach to healing for car accident injuries.

Did you sustain one of these injuries?

Head and back (spine) injuries from a car wreck are typically the most serious. Head injuries can lead to vision problems, skull fractures and concussions. With a concussion, you may experience dizziness, headaches, visual, balance, and memory issues. Don’t ignore these. You likely have seen your doctor by now if you are experiencing these symptoms. If physical therapy hasn’t been suggested, know that our concussion specialist treats these problems and can help.

Another common car accident injury is a herniated disc, more often of the neck (cervical disc herniation) but also may affect the low back (lumbar disc spine). Neck and chest injuries are also common, with whiplash being the most common injury.

Whiplash – not uncommon after a motor vehicle accident. There is a classification system we use at Rose City Physical Therapy called the ‘WAD’ (Whiplash Associated Disorders), that gives insight into the severity and treatment for someone who suffered whiplash. WAD refers to the cluster of signs and symptoms one experiences after a whiplash. The term whiplash really only defines the mechanism of injury.

Results of a whiplash can be very painful and restrict movement and cause debility in life. The sudden movement of the neck and head in a car accident can cause injury to your brain, nerves, and neck, the latter including ligament, joint and muscle injury. Blunt force trauma from a car accident can also collapse lungs and break ribs.

Contact Us Today to Get Started on the Path Toward Recovery and Relief

At Rose City Physical Therapy we’ve helped many others recover from a car accident injury and can help you too. We’re well suited to treat motor vehicle accident injuries with our physical therapist spine and concussion specialists on the team.

If you are in Portland, OR suffering from a car accident injury, don’t delay any longer. 

Request an appointment with Rose City Physical Therapy today at Portland, OR, and let our trained physical therapists help you get on your road to recovery.