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Why have common car accident injuries treated by a physical therapist?

Common Car Accident Injuries

The odds are pretty good that you, a friend or a family member have been injured in a car accident. You or someone you know may even have been one of the nearly 4.8 million Americans injured in a car accident in 2020. Or, you may have developed a car accident injury more recently. 

In any case, physical therapists are eager to help you address common car accident injuries. Even if you have an old injury that is causing you problems again. There are many reasons why you should strongly consider using physical therapy for common car accident injuries, such as whiplash, strains, sprain and more. 

Three telling reasons why choosing physical therapy can be the right call for common car accident injuries

  1. They’re often MSK injuries.

Musculoskeletal or MSK injuries are some of the most common car accident injuries. These are injuries that occur to bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments and other parts of your musculoskeletal system. So, where does physical therapy fit in? It’s performed by experts in the musculoskeletal system: physical therapists. This expert knowledge allows your physical therapist to identify your injury and take the most effective possible steps to address it. 

  1. Your injury is unique, and your treatment should be, too.

Let’s say two people develop a neck muscle strain during a car accident. They have the same injury, but even so, their experience is likely to be different. One person might feel pain right away. The other might not feel pain for several days after the accident. This is just one example of how unique the same injury can be in different people. Physical therapists are aware of how injuries can affect each person differently. That’s why they’re prepared to build a car accident injury treatment plan that’s personalized to each patient. 

  1. Physical therapy can help you get back to work.

Car accident injuries can drastically affect your ability to work. Minor injuries could keep you out for a few days. Yet major injuries or injuries that lead to chronic pain can keep you out of work for much longer. Physical therapists can help work to get you back to work sooner rather than later. 

Research shows that they can be pretty successful at it, too. One whiplash study found that 92% of the people who had physical therapy were able to completely or partially return to work within six months of their accident. Not impressed? Compare this result to another study that reported only 44% of whiplash sufferers who had no treatment returned to work after six months. 

Peak Performance is ready to help you recover from common car accident injuries

Suffering from one of those all-too-common car accident injuries? You can find top-notch treatment at Peak Performance Sports & Physical Therapy. Our team can evaluate your injury during one of our free screenings. They can then create a treatment plan for your injury that’s customized to its symptoms, its severity and its effects on your normal daily activities. 

Contact us today for more information about our motor vehicle accident injury treatment options or to schedule your initial appointment with us.