Motor Vehicle Accident Physical Therapy in Chicago
So you've been in a car accident. Or you're concerned about what would happen if you were to find yourself in this unfortunate situation. Chicago is a busy place to drive, and studies do state that most of us will be involved in a motor vehicle accident at least once in our lives.
If you have been in a car accident it is important to visit a doctor immediately, and to find yourself a physical therapist shortly after. At Al Flores PT, our therapists are available for scheduled or emergency appointments.
Whether you're certain of the after effects of the accident or not, you cannot truly be sure what's happening with your body until you've seen a doctor. Many of those who are in accidents will not feel severe effects until 7-10 days after the accident takes place. The prompt start of therapy will lessen the effects of an injury such as whiplash before you even experience it.
It goes without saying that motor vehicle accidents are scary to experience. Your body can be injured in many ways, and recovery time can be lengthy. But at Al Flores PT we'll help get you back on your feet swiftly!
After a collision, you may experience one or more of the following:
Whiplash is the most common and happens when you are jolted forward, snapping your neck in a violent motion.
Headaches, neck pain, lower back pain and ligament injuries can happen on their own, or be associated with whiplash, sprains, strains or fractures.
Sprains and strains are similar with their shared symptoms of bruising, swelling and pain. However, a strain is caused by stretching or tearing of a muscle whereas sprains are tears of a ligament—the tissue connecting two bones together in your joints.
If you have experienced a sprain, you will likely have heard a "pop" sound at the affected joint. Both are just as painful and require a slow buildup of mobility exercises. Pushing the healing process of injuries sustained in a car accident is never recommended.
The Road to Recovery
Motor vehicle accidents are scary experiences that can result in many different problems, both physical and mental. On top of this, they may have devastating financial implications as well. It can be one of the most difficult situations to find yourself in.
It can take a lot of work, energy and time to get back on your feet again. From the initial assessment, through diagnosis and recovery, we create a safe environment where you can feel in control again.
A loss of control is a feeling common to victims of a car accident —certainly getting back on those Chicago roads is not something you'll want to do any time soon whether it be on foot or in a vehicle.
The physical therapists at Al Flores PT can help alleviate the physical symptoms, relieving back pain and whiplash, and improving your function and mobility, so you can get back to your regular life as quickly as possible, with the least amount of stress.