Use physical therapy after a whiplash injury
If you have had a whiplash injury in Alfreton and want to recover as quickly as possible, getting referred to a physical therapist may be the best way to speed up your recovery. Most whiplash injuries will eventually heal, and the time it takes mostly depends on how bad the injury was and in what way you were affected.
See a doctor straight after your whiplash injury in Alfreton
Even if you don’t feel that your injury was particularly bad, you should still see a doctor immediately afterwards. Your injury may be worse than you think, and you could have a spinal injury which actually requires treatment right away.
Even if you do have a simple case of whiplash, the quickest way to see a physical therapist is to be referred by the doctor and your own physician will be able to make a referral which states exactly how you are injured, to save time when you see your physical therapist.
Have an evaluation with a physical therapist
You should never go straight into physical therapy without an evaluation, as every whiplash injury is different, and you will need to know and understand what is wrong and how it can be fixed before you begin treatment. Your evaluation may be uncomfortable, but it won’t be painful, and it should help you to feel less pain much more quickly than if you avoid going for your evaluation.
Be prepared to try anything
There are various ways in which your physical therapist will do their best to work with you and improve your injury. Some of these will be more uncomfortable than others, and some you may not enjoy doing.
However, you should be prepared to at least try everything, as you may find that your condition improves greatly after trying one or other of the exercises and in this case, this exercise is the one which will have you healed and out of physical therapy that much faster,
Continue your physical therapy at home
Your physical therapist will probably give you a set of exercises to do at home which you can do whenever you are not with them. Do not ignore or avoid these exercises as the best way to heal completely is to constantly be looking to improve your condition.
Make sure that you understand your exercises and talk them through with your therapist before you attempt them at home, or you may actually injure yourself worse, and if you feel pain at any point during your exercises, stop and wait until you see your therapist again.
Contact Accident Advice Helpline
If you have been injured through no fault of your own then you might be able to make a claim for compensation. All you need to do is contact an expert adviser at Accident Advice Helpline to find out more. Just dial 0800 689 0500 from your landline or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile.
Date Published: 17th April 2014
Author: David Brown