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Top Car Accident Injuries and How Denver Physical Therapy Can Help

May 17, 2017

In 2016 in Denver, there was just over 9300 car crashes. Just over 1,000 of those involved injuries, while others also include fatalities. Because of the high number of injuries and fatalities, Colorado State Patrol’s Traffic Safety Statistics has a strategic plan to help reduce these injuries and fatalities. One of the ways all drivers can help with this goal is to be a defensive and vigilant driver. However, accidents happen before they are just that—accidents. In the blink of an eye, everything can change. From head and neck injuries and torn muscles to the top injuries occurring in car accidents, learn how Denver physical therapy can help.

Head and Neck Injuries

Upon impact in an accident, the force of the car hitting an object in front of it can lead to a head and/pr neck injury, especially with a head-on collision. Some drivers and passengers hit their head on a seat, dash board or steering wheel in the car. Depending how hard one hits their head, this can cause a concussion or even lead to more serious damage to one’s brain. Another injury that is common in accidents are whiplash. Upon serious impact, one’s head can be quickly thrust forward then backward. Depending on the force, it can lead to torn ligaments and muscles in the neck and upper shoulder areas. Those who suffer from whiplash may experience stiffness, headaches, a dizzy feeling and pain. In some cases, one can even experience damage to vocal cords from a quick impact.

Torn Muscles

Torn muscles are a common injury in car accidents. This occurs due to the severe impact of the crash that can lead muscle fibers and the body’s soft tissue to stretch. From here, they will become inflamed and swell. In addition, ligaments and tendons can tear as well. This can be extremely painful and if not treated, can lead to long term damage. Back injuries and strains are another common injury from a car accident. Many suffer from lower back issues post-wreck. It can lead to pain, spasms and stiffness, similar to a neck injury, and can make even the easiest and routine of activities difficult. From sitting to walking, this can be painful.

How Physical Therapy Can Help

When recovering from a car accident, some injuries require surgery while others can be treated with anti-inflammatory medication. In addition to your prescription, physical therapy can help you recover quickly. By learning various exercises or techniques, a physical therapist can help you strengthen your muscles over time. If you are injured in an accident and have minor injuries but pain, it is important to consider physical therapy as quickly as possible.

To make sure you know what to do in the case of an accident, read the DMV’s Accident Guide in Colorado. For help with injuries you sustained in a car accident, Cherry Creek Wellness Center can help. Make sure to learn how Denver physical therapy can help after a concussion. Contact Cherry Creek Wellness Center in Denver today to get started.