No one plans on getting into a car accident, but when it happens it can be devastating – causing serious mental and physical injury. If you are lucky, you can get off with a few months of therapy or if not, you could find yourself spending years in the hospital corridors. If your injuries are serious enough, your life will never be the same again.
In most cases, you stand a better chance of reducing the impact of an injury by seeking medical help as soon as you can. It is not uncommon for people to decide that they feel fine and do not need to go to a hospital for therapy. However, you stand a better chance of getting back to normal by having physical therapy at the hospital. Having managed physical therapy is beneficial over home therapies due to the following reasons:
You Will Recover Faster with Physical Therapy
For most people, the real extent of the injury only becomes apparent after they go back to their daily activity or to work. It is only then that you may feel that you cannot move as you previously used to. If the injuries were severe enough, you could experience chronic migraines and pain.
The best thing about immediately going for physical therapy is that you get a professional to check up on you, and help you get back normal bodily function without overexerting yourself. Physical therapy is not only effective for getting back strength to what may be weakened muscles, but also for the alleviation of soreness and pain. Resting at home may actually be the worst thing you could do after being involved in an accident as too much rest can prevent your body from proper recovery and healing. By working with an expert therapist, you can easily determine the problem areas on which to focus on, so that you can regain your strength and bodily function as soon as possible.
You Reduce the Risk of Long-Term Injury with Physical Therapy
Let’s face it, there are some accidents that will result in lifelong injuries. But what you may not know is that many people end up with such injuries, since they never go for physical therapy immediately after the accident. If you can engage a professional therapist immediately, the chance of long-term injury reduces quite significantly.
Physical therapy is good for the body since unlike your home remedies, you get to have controlled mobility, flexibility, and get back your strength systematically to reduce the risk of developing serious pain and mobility issues. With home remedies which are for the most part unguided, the risk of chronic pain, arthritis, and degenerative disc disease is particularly high, since you are working in an uncontrolled environment without an expert watching over you.
Physical Activity is Effective against Pain
Nobody likes physical therapy particularly in the first days after the accident. You are often not that flexible and do not have the strength to perform much of the exercises asked of you by the therapist. However, you will feel better over time as your body adjusts to movement and exercise, which will in turn gradually reduce pain. Physical therapy is so effective since it encourages oxygen and blood to get to your damaged ligaments, and muscles. More oxygen and blood flow enhances the recovery process while also dealing with chronic pain through gradual healing.
When you work with a physical therapist, he will be looking to work a particular ligament or muscle that he has identified as problematic. By working only on areas that seem to have sustained damage, therapy can be more effective, which means you can regain bodily function without having to experience excruciating pain.
Therapy May Be The Answer to Avoiding Invasive Techniques Such as Surgery
Surgery, even it is not a major procedure, is not desirable given the high risk of complications that could potentially be life altering. Even though you may have to undergo surgery if your injuries are serious enough, you could avoid a trip to the operating room further down the road if you decide to have physical therapy as soon as possible. Physical therapy restores the body and reduces the risk of you having to undergo expensive surgery, which may also inconvenience your personal and professional wife.
Unseen, some tendons, ligaments, and muscles may be damaged during an accident and without proper therapy, these may atrophy over time. With therapy, you get to exercise all your problem tissues ending up with full bodily function in no time.
It is Proof to the Insurance Company, the Jury, and Judge That You Are Hurt
No one likes or has sympathy for someone who does not seem to take care of their own health. Physical therapy can be tough especially when you have serious injuries that may need you to work with the therapist several times a week. You could be sleeping at home or going to work but by being in therapy show you are dedicated to getting better, which the therapist can vouch for. Attending physical therapy regularly after an auto accident makes the job easier for your Michigan car accident lawyer collecting compensation on your behalf. The jury will especially take kindly to efforts showing that you intend to go back to normalcy as soon as you are well again. Of course, the physical therapist’s records also serve the purpose of showing how far you have come in the treatment.