Exercise Rehabilitation After Car Accident
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), roughly 6 million car accidents occur in the U.S. every year, and over 2.5 million of those car accidents are rear-ending collisions. This type of car accident can cause an injury called whiplash. This injury occurs when the neck extends beyond its normal range of motion, resulting in symptoms like:
- Pain in the head, neck, and shoulders
- Loss of range of motion
- Chronic migraines or headaches
- Numbness in the upper extremities
- Dizziness and fatigue
Whiplash injury symptoms may not surface right away, so you must get immediate medical attention to have their physical health evaluated. When you do not get treatment, it can result in long-term damage, including chronic pain, reduced mobility, or post-traumatic stress disorder.
Fortunately, Advanced Physical Medicine & Rehab of Miami is here to ensure you experience complete recovery after your car accident. Exercise and rehabilitation play an essential part in when it comes to healing from pain or injury. At our Miami auto accident care office, our therapists carefully select and plan various exercises and drills for each client’s needs. Rehabilitation is a necessary treatment, though it is often forgotten. Injuries will improve and heal more successfully when you follow an exercise plan. Of course, everyone responds differently, and healing time can vary.
How does exercise rehabilitation work?
Rehabilitation exercises should begin as soon as possible. The exercises should be pain-free, though there are sometimes exceptions. The three different stages within rehabilitation are essential to stick to return to living a pain-free life:
- Early-stage rehabilitation includes gentle exercise allowing for the damaged tissue to heal
- Mid-stage rehabilitation includes progressive loading to the muscles, tendons, bones, or ligaments. This stage of rehabilitation builds and strengthens healed tissue that can handle everyday life and exercise.
- Late-stage rehabilitation includes functional exercises to improve your strength, flexibility, and stamina. The stress makes sure the healed tissues are ready for pain-free daily movement and exercise.
- quicker recovery
- reduced pain
- restored muscle strength and power
- improved flexibility and balance
- enhanced muscle sensation
- reduced chances of re-injury
Exercise rehabilitation is a safe and non-invasive treatment that requires no use for opioid pain medications. Our team of dedicated professionals is here to help you and will work with you to determine the extent of care you need and provide you with any required documentation. Call us today for an appointment at (786) 422-9147.