After a car accident injury you may require physical therapy to properly heal. right from the comfort of your home. You may experience headaches, pain to the shoulders, neck, back, and joints.
Some patients may feel no symptoms following a car accident, only days or weeks after they develop symptoms from the auto accident. It’s important to receive proper medical attention after you have been involved in a auto accident, a delay or gap in medical care is not advisable to anyone who wishes to pursue a personal injury claim.
How physical therapy can help you recover from whiplash
Whiplash is the whipping motion of the neck generally caused by getting hit in a rear end car wreck. This whipping motion causes the muscles, and tendons in your neck to go past their normal range of motion. This type of injury can cause neck pain, stiffness, weakness, headaches, range of motion issues and other issues. Physical therapy for whiplash has changed over the years. In most cases they no longer recommended foam collars. Foam collars limit movement and could prolong pain.
Seeking medical attention quickly after suffering a whiplash injury could help with a quicker recovery. It is also possible you may have other issues that cannot be discovered by X-RAYS. Your physical therapist may order an MRI to determine if your spine or disk may have been affected in the auto accident.
Taking anti inflammatories can help relieve the pain and reduce swelling in your neck, unless otherwise instructed by your physical therapist not to do so.
Physical activity has shown to increase circulation and prevents loss of muscle function and improves range of motion in whiplash patients, consult with a physical therapist to ensure you are doing the right thing, but in most cases if you can deal with the pain, it will not hurt, but help your recovery process. It may help to use a resistance band to keep you from holding your head in an unnatural position to relieve the pain.
Ask for a physical therapy prescription from your PC. With a prescription physical therapy is usually covered by most health providers. Many insurance providers will set a limit on how many physical therapy visits will be covered. In some states you are covered by Pip or personal injury protection, this type of coverage generally will get used before any health coverage is used. In some cases after an auto accident it may be difficult to find a physical therapist to treat you if you do not have pip or med pay. You can find a physical therapist on our website to help you after you have been injured in auto accident.
Most physical therapist uses a wide array of techniques and exercises. These are designed to increase range of motion, and decrease pain. Your physical therapist will do a thorough evaluation and determine your pain level, physical condition, limits and capabilities.
- Rubber Bands or resistance bands will allow you to gain more strength in your neck, back, shoulders, etc.
- Stretching-Physical therapy may include a variety of stretching exercises to improve range of motion
- Cervical unit-This machine allows the physical therapist to put weights into the exercise. The patient can move there neck back and forth against the resistance of weight, this will strengthen the muscles and increase the range of motion. The physical therapist will decide how much weight and how long based on performance and pain. This machine can strengthen 11 different muscles in the neck.
- Ice-The physical therapist may use ice in the form of an ice pack or ice massage in intervals usually no longer than 15 minutes.
- Heat Stimulation-Physical therapist can also use and ultrasound machine to produce heat and stimulate your neck relieving neck pain.
- Manual Manipulation- Physical therapy could include chiropractor or massage visits.
How is physical therapy covered in the event of an auto accident?
Because physical therapy can last for quite some time, insurance companies can be very skeptical or treatment. Physical therapy visits must be documented by a doctor who treats auto injury patients. Documentation becomes very crucial when doing physical therapy after an auto accident. Soft tissue injuries don’t show up on X-RAYS like a broken bone. IT becomes crucial for you, the patient, to make sure you keep all of your appointments and your soft tissue injuries are being documented for your personal injury lawyer. Insurance companies are not going to pay out bodily injury claims for injuries they feel are preexisting or not caused from the auto accident.
Physical therapy can be covered under Pip if you live in one of these states. Med pay can cover your physical therapy visits. Health insurance could cover your physical therapy. In the event you have none of the above you can still seek physical therapy under the protection of a medical lien. Ultimately the defendant is responsible for paying for your physical therapy, however if you miss appointments, or have a large gap in medical care, the insurance company may fight the charges they may feel have nothing to do with your auto accident. Make sure to make it to all of your physical therapy appointments.
If you have been injured in a auto accident and need a physical therapist for any reason, please contact us immediately. If we don’t have a physical therapist listed in your area, we will find you a physical therapist.