In 2020, there were 341,399 total car accidents reported in Florida; this is an average of 933 crashes per day. Many of these accidents resulted in serious injuries and bodily harm. The most common injuries include cuts, scrapes, and bruises. Some more severe injuries include whiplash, lower back pain, head injuries, internal bleeding, and broken bones.
Luckily today, there are far better treatments for car accident injuries than ever before.
Treatments for Car Accident Injuries
Car accidents can be a very traumatic event for everyone involved. After a car accident, doctors say the best thing to do is rest to relax and recuperate. Unfortunately, people often don’t realize they have sustained a serious injury.
Once your injuries have been diagnosed, the following are the most efficient treatments for auto accident injuries:
- Physical / Occupational Therapy – Physical therapy is the most common treatment for auto accident victims. Therapists work with patients to develop a customized series of exercises to help regain muscle strength and flexibility. Building strength is just as important as flexibility. With this hands-on approach, a physical therapist can lead patients to a much quicker recovery and reduced pain.
- Chiropractic Care – Chiropractic care is also one of the top treatments for auto accident injuries. This is because most of the aches and pains you experience after a car accident indicate that the spine has suffered damage. If not taken care of, the pain might subside, but the spinal damage will not heal properly.
Chiropractic care helps the body regain optimal spinal alignment. During treatment, chiropractors use a method known as spinal adjustment. This method utilizes controlled force to realign vertebrae and stop them from placing painful pressure on spinal nerves. Some patients require multiple treatments to achieve optimum effects.
- Whiplash Treatments – Whiplash occurs when the neck is hyperextended and exceeds its normal range of motion. It is a very common injury associated with car accidents. This can be very painful and cause severe damage if not properly treated. Your treatment plan will depend on your specific injury and symptoms but may include Active Release Treatment (ART), cervical steroid injection, and/or spinal decompression.
How to Minimize Injuries from Auto Accidents
The best way to avoid injuries from auto accidents is to be proactive. Here are a few suggestions on how to do that:
- Always drive sober. Driving under the influence remains one of the biggest factors in auto accidents. Just don’t do it.
- Don’t drive distracted. Any activities that take your eyes or hands off the wheel are risky.
- Know your car. Understand how your car operates, especially in inclement weather. A minor adjustment could mean the difference between staying safe or having an accident.
- Maintain your car. Keep up with your routine maintenance. Make sure the tires are filled up properly. Ensure the brakes and brake lights are functioning. This will help maximize your safety on the road.
- Wear your seatbelt. A seat belt could be the difference between life and death. At the very least, it will protect you from serious injuries.
Even the best drivers who use the most precautions can’t fully avoid an auto accident and becoming injured. Fortunately, there are many options to explore once an injury has taken place. The quicker the treatment can be implemented, the sooner the road to recovery.
Contact our office today if you have been injured in a car accident and let’s get you the relief you deserve!