Accidents happen, as the saying goes.  Accidents in cars?  They happen pretty often too.  With the inherent risks of driving, it’s no surprise that accidents can happen and cause a lot of issues.  With all the distractions like cell phones, other drivers, pedestrians, bikers, and all the beautiful scenery in Oregon, there are a ton of things that can lead to accidents around Eugene.

Anyway, if you’ve been in a motor vehicle accident (MVA), you’re probably feeling pretty banged up, even if it was a minor collision.  Whiplash is a pretty well known side effect from MVAs, but other aches and pains are incredibly common too, like back pain and shoulder pain.  For whatever reason, people often let those aches and pains go untreated.

Letting accident-related aches and pains fester can significantly affect your quality of life, especially because they don’t always get 100% better on their own.  Many patients who come into physical therapy have had an MVA previously, and that incident is often when they have started to have a series of other problems.

Those lingering aches and pains from MVAs tend to be highly responsive to early intervention.  Physical therapy is a great option to help reduce those symptoms, get you moving better, and return to your life without limits (#nolimits).

Normally there would be a list of some things you could do on your own, but when it comes to something like neck pain after an MVA, even a minor one, being seen as soon as possible is the best option.  Suggesting stretching or exercises without knowing exactly what is causing the pain may not only not be helpful, but can actually be harmful.

If you’re worried about treatment costs, auto insurance exists to keep your car – and you – running smooth.  Contacting your (or the at-fault driver’s) auto insurance company can help you find out what coverage exists for physical therapy.  Coverage varies between companies and plans, but will generally cover the majority of, if not all, costs.

Got questions?  Feel limited in what you’re able to do?  The staff at Limitless Physical Therapy in Eugene, OR can show you how to be limitless.

***The above information, including text, images, and all other materials, is provided for educational purposes only, and not as a replacement or supplement to professional medical advice.  Please contact a certified healthcare professional or your primary physician for any personal concerns.