After you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident, it is important to make sure that you get the care that you need. Getting the right care can make the difference between a short rehabilitation period and a long-term injury. Car accidents can leave you with visible injuries, such as lacerations, as well as harder-to-spot injuries, such as whiplash and soft-tissue damage.
Head to the Emergency Room Right Away
After you have been involved in an accident, you should head to the emergency room or urgent care to get inspected. It can take some time for injuries to appear, but getting care immediately can help identify apparent injuries and can help identify injuries that are not as obvious. Getting checked out right after your accident should be your first line of defense.
Get a Follow-Up Check-Up
A week or two after the accident, when injuries such as whiplash and sore muscles are more likely to appear, you are going to want to schedule a follow-up appointment with your general doctor. This can be a good chance to determine if you need additional care. Depending on your insurance, you may need a recommendation from your doctor to get additional care, such as physical therapy, chiropractic treatment, or massage therapy.
Get Additional Care
After you check up with your doctor, if your doctor recommended that you get additional care, you are going to need to find providers and set up that care. Typical additional care after a car accident includes physical therapy, chiropractic treatment, and massage therapy.
Physical therapy can help target specific muscle groups that are sore and stiff after a car accident. If your mobility has been limited in any way, physical therapy can help you get that mobility back. Physical therapy can also be used to help manage pain you are feeling after the accident.
Chiropractic care is often necessary after a car accident as neck and back injuries are really common. It is common for your spine to become misaligned after a car accident. Chiropractic care can help address that misalignment and get your back into proper shape again.
Massage therapy is another common way to treat soft-tissue injuries following a car accident. Massage therapy can be used to help promote blood flow and healing after a car accident. It can be used to help manage pain as well.
After a car accident, it is important that you get the medical care that you need. Getting the medical care that you need will help you avoid long-term injury and will ensure that your body has time to heal.
To learn more, contact the professionals at BEAT Physical Therapy.