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Whiplash has long been associated with automobile accidents and is the most common type of auto related injury we treat. A whiplash injury is definitely real and painful. Whiplash is just one of several common injuries that result from accidents and it should never be treated lightly. Many people don’t seek medical attention since the initial pain of whiplash isn’t severe and there isn’t really a visible injury.
Physical Therapy for Auto Accidents
At Fit Physiotherapy of Newmarket our team of professionals will make sure your auto injuries are properly diagnosed and treated as we’ll help alleviate the underlying cause of the pain. You won’t be handed a neck brace, given painkillers and sent home as that won’t help cure the problem. One of the best ways to repair any damaged tissue and to then strengthen it is to utilize physical therapy.
If you’re unfortunate enough to be involved in a collision it’s recommended that you visit a physical therapist or physician if you feel any pain at all. Sometimes you may not feel anything until a few days after the accident, but it’s important to get checked out by a medical professional as soon as you feel something’s wrong. Our treatments will help reduce swelling, control any pain you may be feeling and will help to repair damaged tissue.
Our goal is to get you back to your normal daily activities as soon as possible and in a pain-free manner. If you don’t receive the proper treatment for any auto-related problems there’s always a chance that you could suffer long-term issues in the future. Some auto accident victims have complained about pain up to eight years after their collisions. This includes symptoms such as back and neck pain, dizziness, numbness, headaches, concentration problems, and difficulties with their vision. It’s also possible that you could suffer from degenerative disc disease in the future.
Long-term Whiplash Problems
Medical studies suggest that approximately 33 per cent of whiplash sufferers originally injured themselves as long as three years ago. And one of the reasons they’re still feeling pain is because they haven’t received the proper treatment for the injury. This is because many doctors and therapists focus on the person’s joints and muscles when they’re treating and rehabilitating them and neglect any further damage. Injuries such as whiplash can often cause damage to your neurological systems. These are designed to control a person’s balance and their eye movement via the vestibular and oculomotor systems. At Fit Physiotherapy we look beyond the joints and muscles to see if there’s any other damage to the neurological systems. This can be done by testing your eye control, balance, and sensation.
When to seek help
If you have experienced damage to your joints, muscles, and/or neurological systems in an auto accident it’s recommended that you seek treatment within two weeks. However, if you first suffered the injuries several weeks or months ago you should still seek treatment. At Fit Physiotherapy we can help alleviate your problems via methods such as hands-on therapy, stretching, strengthening, and by using therapeutic equipment etc. One of the benefits of receiving treatment soon after an accident is because the body will produce new tissue when it attempts to heal sprains. The best way for the body to lay down new tissue comes from movement. Therefore it’s a good idea to introduce pain-free movement to your injured areas via physical therapy as soon as you realize you have a problem.