Motor vehicle accidents (MVA) are an unfortunate event that can have detrimental effects on one’s body. While a variety of injuries can occur as a result of an MVA, neck and back injuries are most common. Neck injuries can be a result of whiplash and can be associated with soft tissue tightness (spasms), dizziness, vision issues, headaches, decreased motion, tingling/weakness in the arms or hands and pain spreading to the shoulders and/or upper back. Back injuries can also manifest as soft tissue tightness and/or tingling/weakness in the legs or feet.
At Makovicka Physical Therapy we address all musculoskeletal injuries that can be a result of an MVA. With the aid of a physical therapist, your symptoms can be reduced in intensity and duration. If untreated these issues can take months for full symptomatic resolution. With our help, we can reduce the burden of recovery and return you to your daily life efficiently.
Our unique set of skills can be used to assess and determine what areas and treatments will be most helpful to each individual after an injury. Treatment may include a combination of the following: exercise, stretching, balance work, soft tissue massage, dry needling, joint mobilization, electrical stimulation, heat/ice, among other options. These treatment options will be used to initially decrease symptoms and then to strengthen and re-educate the muscles to perform properly as they were meant to.
If you are in an MVA it is advised that you seek medical help. Your doctor may refer you to physical therapy for any musculoskeletal issues. If you opt to not seek immediate medical attention, it is advised that if your symptoms linger longer than a few days or worsen with time you seek help from your doctor or physical therapist. If you have further questions about your specific injury after an MVA you can contact any of our clinics to schedule a full evaluation or consultation.
Collin Schrader PT, DPT