How can physiotherapy help people involved in a car accident?

How can physiotherapy help people involved in a car accident?

How can physiotherapy help people involved in a car accident?

 

A car accident can be as fatal as causing death or serious injuries. Many people sustain injuries that result in a coma and many fractured bones or permanent disability. On the other hand, a car accident may cause not as severe injuries as death or permanent disability but broken bones, torn ligaments and muscles, and whiplash, which is the most common car accident injury.

According to the Association for Safe International Road Travel (ASIRT), road accidents cause around 1.35 million deaths annually, translating to an average of 3700 deaths every day. This is a significant number and non-fatal accidents are even more than those causing deaths.

Suppose you or a loved one was involved in a car accident that resulted in any injury like a fractured wrist, hand ligaments tear, whiplash injuries, back injuries, shoulder injuries, a broken arm, or a fractured leg will not only be very painful, but it will take anywhere between 3 weeks minimum to a year or more to heal completely. Injuries that take this long require extra care, exercise and rehabilitation.

 

What happens when a limb or a muscle is not used for long?

The human body is made up of a network of muscles, tendons, nerves, and bone structure. The whole skeleton is joined together by the flesh around them, which are muscles that support and allow movement.

In order to function correctly, all muscles need to be mobile within their own domain. If not used, left dormant, or there is no movement, the muscles become weak, and they cannot perform normally.

When there is an injury or a fracture, it is advised not to exert any pressure or strain on the adjoining or affected muscles. If there is a cast around a limb or shoulder to treat a fracture, not only the muscles around the fracture become immobilized, but the adjoining and supporting muscles too are either used lesser or not at all.

Not using those muscles or reduced moment and no exercise causes them to become weak and damaged.

Another prominent effect of an extended period of rest or no use can cause the muscles to lose memory and forget about their function. Like when a fracture is healed, the person cannot remember or make their hand/arm/leg to move at all.

 

Both of these conditions are very serious and require rehabilitation. Physiotherapy can help in either case.

 

How can physiotherapy help rehabilitate broken bones and damaged or weakened muscles?

Physiotherapy is very effective in treating and rehabilitation of muscles and tendons. An injury or fracture caused by a car accident can result in forced extended rest of affected muscles, torn tendons and fractured bones. Extended rest can cause immobility related issues and weakening of muscles to a point where they become numb, painful, or completely unusable.

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