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Physical Therapy for Patients after a Motor Vehicle Accident

A motor vehicle accident (MVA) is a traumatic event, both mentally and physically. Most individuals involved in an MVA recover within 2-3 weeks; however, it is not uncommon for many people to have lingering or recurring pain after the event. Though whiplash is the most common injury after an MVA, many other symptoms can occur after an accident.

Common Diagnoses after a Motor Vehicle Accident Injury

  • Whiplash Associated Disorder (WAD)
  • Post-Concussion Disorders (PCD)
  • Disc and Joint Injury
  • Sprains and Strains
  • Fractures

    Symptoms After a Motor Vehicle Accident:

  • Headache
  • Neck/Shoulder Pain
  • Back Pain
  • Numbness/Bruising
  • Emotional Distress
  • Loss of range of motion
  • Dizziness and balance difficulties
  • Loss of strength and function

    How We Treat Symptoms after Motor Vehicle Accident

    A physical therapist will complete a comprehensive evaluation aimed at determining the underlying cause of your elbow pain and will create a customized program to address your needs.

    Treatment may include:

  • Strengthening exercises
  • Endurance exercises
  • Flexibility exercises
  • Modalities to relieve pain (electrical stimulation, heat, ice, ultrasound)
  • Manual therapy
  • Traction
  • Dry needling

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