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It is estimated that around 6 million auto accidents occur annually in the United States, and 2.5 million of them are rear-end collisions. This type of car accident is the most common and can cause an injury called whiplash, which occurs when the neck unexpectedly extends beyond its normal range of motion. Physical therapy is one of the first-line treatments after an auto accident and can help you recover faster and reduce the long-term effects of any injuries.

Symptoms after a car accident may not appear right away, so people must seek immediate medical attention to have their health evaluated after a collision. Prolonging treatment may result in chronic pain, reduced mobility, and post-concussive symptoms. Our physical therapists are trained to thoroughly assess injuries after auto accidents and ensure that you experience a complete recovery.

Common Injuries After a Car Accident

The most common injury after an auto accident is whiplash. Common symptoms associated with whiplash may include:

  • Stiffness and pain in the neck, arms, and upper back
  • Numbness into the arms, neck, and upper back
  • Headache, dizziness, and nausea
  • Feelings of general weakness
  • Altered sleeping habits
  • Difficulty with concentration

Other common injuries after a car accident include:

  • Lower back pain
  • Headaches
  • Shoulder pain
  • Knee pain

If you have been injured in an auto accident, seek physical therapy with Breakthru Physical Therapy + Fitness as soon as possible to resolve your symptoms and prevent any long-term injury. Schedule an appointment here.

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