Physical Therapy After a Car Accident

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Aug 28


Unfortunately, studies show 70% of us will be in an auto accident at some point in our lives. Car

accidents can cause a variety of injuries to virtually any part of your body, depending on the circumstance of the crash and the severity of the impact. Receiving physical therapy in the early or late stages of a motor vehicle accident will support long-term recovery for pain, range of motion, and function.

Ideally, receiving early care is most helpful to minimize inflammation and facilitate the correct position and alignment of the joints and soft tissue of the body. This will allow a more efficient and rapid recovery and minimize future complications from the injury. We’ve listed below some of the common auto accident injuries we treat.


Neck Injuries

A common form of injury from a car accident is neck injuries, which can occur in more mild forms such neck strain, to more serious injuries like cervical dislocation and disc injury. Neck injuries can be very difficult and range in severity.



The most common injury from an auto accident (over 1,000,000 per year) is whiplash injury. Since there is no visible injury and the initial pain is not severe, people do not often seek professional help which is a big mistake. Common complaints include neck pain, shoulder symptoms, headaches, problems with vision, dizziness, difficulty reading, and problems with concentration.


Back Injuries

The lower back is the most common site of back injuries, including sprains and strains, herniated discs, and fractured vertebrae. These injuries can cause pain and limit your mobility. Sometimes the symptoms of even the most serious back injuries can take some time to show up after an accident.


Disc Injury

Discs in the neck and spine may bulge, rupture or tear after an auto injury. Disc injury may not become for months after the initial injury has occurred.


Leg and Knee Injuries

Most leg and knee injuries in car accidents are impact or crush injuries caused by smashing into part of the car. This can range from bruises to a fracture or multiple fractures. Knees are also susceptible to a meniscus tear (tearing of the cartilage in the knee) if they are abruptly twisted or turned.


Foot Injuries

Ankles, feet and toes can easily be strained, sprained or broken (fractured) in a car accident.


Car accidents are scary things. They can hurt you physically, mentally and financially. It is important to know the physical therapists at Above & Beyond want to help you and your patients recover from this traumatic experience.



Queen Creek Location
21321 E. Ocotillo Rd., Suite 122
Queen Creek, AZ 85142
Ph: 480.987.1870
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3201 W. Peoria Ave., Suite D800
Phoenix, AZ 85029
Ph: 602.866.2231
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