After a car accident, you have several things to take care of. You want to be sure your family is safe, you may reach out to our legal team to seek compensation, and you need to seek medical attention as soon as possible. However, there are several steps in your recovery process, and one of those could include physical therapy. There are many reasons to undergo physical therapy after a car accident.
Physical therapy is an important part of putting your life back together. No matter the extent of your injuries, you should at least consider physical therapy for all the following reasons.
1. Reduce Pain the Accident Caused
Physical therapy aims to reduce pain by increasing movement. When you visit a physical therapist, they often get you to push through the movement you need to recover fully. For example, you may be afraid to flex your ankle after breaking it, but the therapist is there to:
- Push you through that pain
- Teach you to exercise that joint
- How to track your progress
Moreover, your physical therapist will teach you exercises that help you prepare for the day, so you can get back to work or complete normal activities with little to no pain. If you rely solely on painkillers, you leave yourself open to additional issues that make it difficult to recover.
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2. Improve Your Recovery
While you might seek medical attention and go home to recover, you can improve your recovery with help from a physical therapist. There will be lingering pain and discomfort accompanying your car accident injuries. A physical therapist works to correct their clients’ pain as much as possible.
Putting a physical therapist in charge of your recovery is far simpler than trying to recover on your own. The level of inactivity you will likely experience at home is not good for you over the long term. A physical therapist telling you how much you should be progressing and monitoring your progress in case certain treatments are not working can benefit you.
3. Create a Paper Trail
Physical therapy creates a paper trail that is easy to follow. This is especially important if you plan to file suit to recover damages. You want to demonstrate that you sought medical care and have been in treatment for a considerable time.
Your medical team can testify that you were hurt and your condition caused a reduction in your quality of life they hope to improve. When your lawyer speaks to your medical team, they better understand how hurt you are, lending more credence to your petition for damages. You might even begin medical treatment and physical therapy before you hire an attorney.
Finally, this paper trail points you in the right direction because you only have so much time to file your claim. Remember, Maryland imposes a three-year statute of limitations on personal injury cases under MD. Courts and Judicial Proceedings Code Ann. § 5-101 and wrongful death claims under MD. Courts and Judicial Proceedings Code Ann. § 3-904. If you do not seek treatment, it almost looks like you are not so badly hurt.
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4. Treat Underlying Injuries
Physical therapy often reveals underlying conditions that you might not have been aware of. When you meet with a physical therapist regularly, they get to know how your body works, how you feel on a day-to-day basis, and any other issues you might have faced in the past.
Feel free to ask your physical therapist questions about your condition because these questions might reveal other issues that need to be addressed. Plus, you may need to return to your doctor to seek additional assistance.
You can learn more about your body when you visit a physical therapist. Most people do not have the knowledge and expertise required to make wise decisions during their recovery. Plus, you might learn enough to help change your lifestyle.
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Speak to a Personal Injury Lawyer About What Damages You Could Recover
Your life could improve with help from a physical therapist, whereas it generally degrades if you do not seek medical attention. If you have sought medical attention and want to file a personal injury claim, reach out to Jenner Law at 888-585-2188 for a free consultation. Our team will answer your questions and fight for fair recovery for you.
Accident victims are encouraged to seek medical attention even before reaching to an attorney. Focusing on your health is the best thing you can do for yourself, even if your recovery proves to be more difficult than you first believed.