Common motor vehicle accident injuries include whiplash, neck and back pain, fractures, contusions and arm and leg injuries.
How Physical Therapy Can Help
If you’re experiencing pain or injury following a motor vehicle accident, then you should contact your doctor. A physician will perform appropriate tests and prescribe physical therapy if appropriate.
Physical therapy treatment often includes manual therapy, modalities such as hot/cold therapy, prescriptive exercise, and education in body mechanics and positioning to decrease pain and stress on the body.
Knee Sprains, Strains, and Injuries
Knee pain can stem from an acute injury, such as a fall, or it can have insidious onset with myriad contributing factors. Due to its complexity, knee pain that limits function should be evaluated by a physical therapist.
Knee pain can arise from dysfunction in many structures, including:
- Ligaments, tendons, or bone
- A meniscus, which is a structure in the knee that contributes to shock absorption and stability
How Physical Therapists Help with Knee Injuries
A physical therapist will assess the knee and surrounding joints. The evaluation includes identification of deficits in joint mobility, flexibility, strength, balance, and function. The physical therapist will also look for the source of pain. Potential treatments include:
- Manual therapy to restore mobility and decrease pain
- Neuromuscular re-education to improve muscle activation and function
- Exercise programs and strategies for arthritic conditions that affect the knees
- Improving body mechanics, posture and balance
- Education and exercise for injury prevention
- Advice on footwear, taping and/or bracing