Motor Vehicles Injury

Motor vehicle accidents can cause a variety of serious personal injuries. A frontal crash can cause injury to the head, neck, chest, legs and feet. A side-impact crash can cause injury to the head and pelvis. According to the NHTSA, the head, neck, pelvis, abdomen, legs, knees and feet are the most common parts of the body to be injured in a motor vehicle collision.

The most frequent motor vehicle injuries are:

  • Brain and head injuries
  • Neck and back injuries
  • Chest injuries
  • Diaphragm rupture
  • Pelvis and abdominal injuries
  • Leg and knee injuries
  • Foot injuries

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Impact to the head can cause a traumatic brain injury (TBI). It may be mild or severe. Head injuries include jaw fractures
and facial fractures. Whiplash is the most common injury incurred in a car crash. Even if the impact was very small, the neck stretches back and forth quickly in an attempt to slow down the movement of the head. It can cause damage to the neck, back, ligaments or discs. Even less severe neck and back injuries can cause chronic pain. When the small muscles and ligaments of the neck are stretched out, the larger muscles have to take over to allow for proper head movement which can lead to tension headaches, decreased range of motion, and difficulty concentrating. A diaphragm injury can occur by blunt trauma occurring to the lower chest. Pelvis and abdominal injuries include injury to the kidneys, spleen and liver. Leg and knee injuries are crush injuries. They can range from contusions and fractures to a meniscus tear. Ankles and feet can be easily sprained, strained or fractured in a car crash.

Auto Injury Physical Therapy Services in Minnetonka, MN

Without proper rehabilitation, the injuries from a car accident can be devastating. Physical therapy is an important part of your recovery. Without correct treatment, there’s a risk for long-term health issues. Typically, the first treatment after a motor vehicle accident involves evaluation and pain reduction. While this may provide temporary relief, it doesn’t repair any part of the body that has been damaged. Physical therapy then will actually repairs and strengthens injured tissue with soft tissue massage, dry needling, joint mobilization, or a combination of those.

A physical therapist uses a wide variety of techniques to eliminate pain, increase mobility and return patients back to normal daily function. A physical therapist will do a full evaluation to determine physical condition, pain level and limits.