If you have been in an auto accident, it is a good first step to get a physical therapy evaluation to see if physical therapy can provide you with a conservative approach to non-invasive treatments. If symptoms can be resolved through physical therapy treatment, then other treatments such as surgery and medications can be avoided along with their potential side effects. Everyone has the right to pursue physical therapy, or any other treatment, prior to other more invasive procedures.
Physical therapists in many states have what is known as ‘direct access,’ meaning, patients can legally see them directly, without referral. There are some insurance companies who require a referral in order to pay.
Impact injuries and penetrating injuries are the two broad categories often suffered in a car accident. Impact injuries are caused when part of the body hits some part of the interior of the car such as the dashboard or headrest. Penetrating injuries are typically cuts and scrapes often caused by shattering glass or loose objects that are flying around inside the car on impact.
The most common injury that occurs in an auto accident is injury to soft tissue. Your soft tissue includes your muscles, tendons and ligaments. The area where soft tissue damage often occurs is in the neck (whiplash), mid-back and low back. Symptoms from damage to the soft tissue often will not show up for days after a car accident has occurred. Therefore it is important to pay attention to any physical changes several days following your auto accident.
At Oasis Physical Therapy we are able to help you through the process of getting a referral if it is needed and beginning a treatment program designed to optimize your physical capacity and the function required to return back to everyday life.
To find out more about your options, call or contact Oasis Physical Therapy and ask more questions about the evaluation process and treatment options.