Being involved in a car accident can be a rather traumatic event. Afterwards, the road to recovery is not always as clear and concise for every person. Some people only suffer minor pain and discomfort from the accident, while others could have experienced more severe injuries, some of which may have required surgery to address.
In many cases, treating accident victims where there is ongoing and/or severe pain, typically involves prescribing some form of prescription-strength pain relievers. Granted, there are times where these drugs can be beneficial, like immediately following surgery. However, the best road to recovery does not have to rely upon taking pain medications to restore your mobility, increase your strength, and improve your overall well-being and health.
Developing an effective treatment and rehabilitation program, which either eliminates or limits the amount of pain medications used, is possible with physiotherapy in North York. The main purpose of physiotherapy is to identify the types of injuries sustained during the car accident, review the frequency, severity, and location of pain and discomfort, and use this information to create a customized rehabilitation program specific to each patient.
Initially, the rehab focuses on strengthening damaged muscles and tissues through exercise. Once strength has returned to the affected area, the next step is to start to work on restoring the range of motion and mobility functions. In addition, the patient is taught effective pain management skills and techniques for them to use at home or at work without having to rely upon prescription pain killers.
As rehabilitation treatment continues, regular examinations are conducted to ensure short term objectives are being met. Further, the exams allow your experienced and knowledgeable North York physiotherapist to make modifications to your treatment program, such as increasing the amount of resistance and types of exercises, to make them more challenging and continue to promote healing and restoration to the damaged area of your body.
What If I Only Experience Minor Pain After a Car Accident?
Minor pain, soreness, and swelling are common after less serious car accidents. It is not uncommon for some people to not experience any sort of pain or discomfort immediately following the accident because some injuries may not present themselves until a day or two after the accident. The body is still in shock and some people’s adrenaline levels are heightened, masking pain and discomfort.
Since car accident injuries are not always noticeable, it is still in your best interests to seek medical treatment and consider both physiotherapy and chiropractic treatments as viable options for diagnosing and treating minor injuries. Chiropractors focus on healing neuromusculoskeletal damage caused from the car accident by using a variety of treatment methods, as well as working alongside skilled physiotherapists to promote faster healing, all without the use of prescription medications.
If you or a loved one is looking for a drug-free alternative for rehabilitative services after a car accident, please feel free to contact PC Rehab Services at 416-652-6223 to schedule an initial consultation appointment at our North York physiotherapy center today.