Physiotherapy After a Motor Vehicle Collision

Physiotherapy After a Motor Vehicle Collision


People who are victims in a motor vehicle collision rarely walk away without being injured. Some of these injuries are temporary and will heal in time, while others are very serious and need further treatment. Either way, a person comes out much physically much weaker from a car accident. Their muscles and motor control may not be what it once was. If you are in a car accident you should make an appointment with your physical therapist as many symptoms from injuries caused by a car accident emerge up to weeks post the accident. You have a 10 day window after your motor vehicle collision to get your injuries assessed by a physical therapist and have them covered by your insurance company.

Physical therapy is meant for those who undergo traumatic experiences like a car accident, which inadvertently affect part of their physique. It is not only meant for those who break bones and can be seen gushing blood at the scene but also for those who suffer internal damage. For instance, one of the most common injuries from car accidents are the neck injuries that arise from the sharp movement involved at the time of impact. These people usually need physical therapy in some cases more than those who have actually been hurt.

Physiotherapy – A better Option
Physiotherapy is better than surgery in this sort of situation because it aims to restore proper functioning to the body or, in the case of permanent disease or injury, to reduce the impact of any dysfunction, as opposed to surgery, which requires a lot of medication and rest, which take over months to help you, though physiotherapists can even help a person to recover from surgery. 
Treatment options include a wide range of manual therapies, exercise programs, electrotherapy techniques and airway clearance techniques, tailored to your specific condition. Physiotherapists can also show you how to use, and where to get, equipment aids.

Depending on your condition, physiotherapy can be done at home or at the hospital. This gives you flexibility in helping recover from the accident.

A few exercises you can do at home, to recover from any basic automobile accident are:

Neck Exercise

  • Sit straight in a chair with your back and shoulders erect, relax your body and breathe deeply.
  • Gently lower your ear to your shoulder then gently lower to the opposite shoulder.
  • Tuck your chin into your chest then raise your head erect.
  • Do not rock your head back to the shoulders as this hyper stretches the neck muscles.
  • Do these exercises 10 times, with 3 repetitions.

Muscle exercises without Weights

  • If you don’t have weights, feel free to use cans of soup.
  • Sit in a chair without arms with your arms to the sides.
  • Relax your body and breathe deeply.
  • Lift the cans out to the sides, arms shoulder height.
  • Lower your arms slowly.
  • Do this 10 times with 3 repetitions.

Exercise for your arms

  • Scissor your arms before your chest, one arm over then the next arm over, keeping the arms at shoulder height.
  • Keep your elbows slightly bent and do not bring your arms behind your body.
  • Do this 10 times with 3 repetitions.

If your decision hasn’t yet been swayed, feel free to contact your local neighborhood physiotherapist’s office. They’d be more than happy to help with your recovery.