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Physical Therapy for Neck Injuries Caused by a Georgia Auto Accident

March 08, 2018

Neck injuries are common in auto accidents. Neck sprains or strains occur when the car in which you are riding suddenly stops. Your head keeps moving in the same direction the car was headed until something acts against it to stop the momentum. Your head then violently reacts to the sudden change in momentum and is thrown in the opposite direction, or even sideways, depending on where the momentum of the crash redirects your car. The tossing of your head and neck can cause severe neck sprains or strains. The most common treatment for neck injuries involving the muscles and ligaments is physical therapy. Physical therapy has many benefits that can help you get back on your feet. However, attorneys who defend insurance companies know how to attack your physical therapy regimen and minimize its necessity and value to you.

If you or a loved one is undergoing physical therapy for a neck injury resulting from an auto collision, you can benefit from a lawyer who can examine the facts and circumstances of what happened and advise you on what steps can be taken to protectt your rights. Montlick & Associates’ car wreck attorneys promise to aggressively advocate for you and make a compelling case as to why you needed physical therapy for your neck and how the treatment you sought was appropriate and helped you recover from your neck sprain caused by the negligence of another driver.

Physical Therapy Treatments

The treatment you receive for your neck sprain after your car accident depends on the severity of your injury. Many people experience immediate and severe pain after a car crash. For some, the pain, stiffness, and discomfort set in several hours, up to a day or two after the accident. The reason for that might be because of a rush of adrenaline that protected the body during the initial traumatic event that has slowly left the body.

You should seek treatment for your neck injuries as you see fit. The doctor might prescribe a non-steroid anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), some rest, accompanied by icing for the first 72 hours after the accident. Your primary care physician or the emergency room physician might recommend starting physical therapy shortly after the crash to help you get back on your feet.

Your instinct might be to rest and become immobile to help your injury heal. While each injury is different, treating neck sprains with total rest is a common misconception. That is why your doctor may prescribe a course of physical therapy soon after the crash. Physical therapy will address:

  • Decreasing pain and increasing range of motion,
  • Improve posture because people with neck sprains tend to favor their neck, causing bad posture, and
  • Promote tissue healing.

Physical therapists will commonly prescribe a series of exercises combined with other steps to help you. The exercises you will do are designed to increase your range of motion and strengthen the muscle and ligaments damaged and weakened in the crash. Your physical therapist will also likely direct you to ice the affected area. Icing has tremendous therapeutic benefits. Icing reduces inflammation and swelling and helps relieve pain. Your physical therapist will incorporate new exercises as your neck heals and you regain strength and a fuller range of motion.

How Do Insurance Companies Attack Physical Therapy?

Insurance companies have a job to do, and it simply is to reduce the amount of money the company must pay out in damages. Therefore, They commonly try to discredit claimants by arguing that they either did not need physical therapy or, if you did, you did not need as much therapy as you attended. Our experienced, knowledgqbke and compassionate auto accident attorneys, like those with Montlick & Associates, prepare our clients’ cases to prevent these attacks or minimize their effectiveness. 

Put Our Law Firm's Over 38 Years Of Legal Experience To Work For Your Case!

If you have been injured in any type of accident caused by someone else's negligence, contact Montlick & Associates today for your free consultation with an experienced Car Wreck Attorney in Georgia. Montlick & Associates has been representing those who suffer serious injuries throughout all of Georgia and in the Southeast for over 38 years, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state.

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Category: Auto Accidents

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