Approximately 20 to 50 million people sustain road-related injuries every year. If you or your loved one suffers pain from road accidents, workplace injuries, or slips and falls, your doctor may recommend therapy as part of your treatment.
Besides reducing pain, post-injury therapy can facilitate recovery and restore your health quickly. Let’s talk about the most common types of therapies that you can get after an accident.
5 Most Common Therapies for Post-Injury Pain
1. Massage Therapy
Massage is the most common type of therapy offered to many accident victims. Simply put, massage is the general term for rubbing, pressing, and manipulating your skin, muscles, and ligaments.
A physical therapist offers multiple types of massage, including deep tissue and Swedish. The exact type of body massage you get depends on your pain level and your current body condition.
Massage therapy can reduce muscle soreness, tension, swelling, and post-accident pain when done well.
One good thing about massage therapy is that it’s fairly simple and doesn’t need much preparation. Your massage therapist should examine the main pain areas and identify the most suitable type of massage therapy for you.
2. Ultrasound Therapy
Ultrasound therapy has become a common method because it reduces post-accident pain. In line with recent research, 47% of physical therapists now use ultrasound therapy for over 75% of their post-accident patients.
Ultrasound therapy is a branch of physical therapy that uses high sound waves to detect musculoskeletal issues like pain and muscle injury.
Your therapy expert will most likely recommend an ultrasound if you have muscle injuries and severe muscle pain. After the process, you should feel some muscle relief, and most importantly, the therapist will know the main pain area in your body.
Exercise is another common therapy used to relieve pain, reduce inflammation and facilitate mobility for accident victims. Since there are many types of exercise, your physical therapist will examine your current condition and give advice on the most suitable method based on your situation.
Stretching exercises are the most common because they relieve muscle stiffness and tension. Other applicable types of exercise for pain relief include cardio exercises such as swimming and walking.
Nevertheless, you should closely monitor your symptoms after every exercise session to ensure your body response is positive.
4. Physical Therapy
Physical therapy focuses on reducing the stiffness of your joints. It involves the physical therapist slowly stretching your body parts, such as the arms and legs, to make the joints more flexible.
Your physical therapist may schedule a daily joint stabilization to relieve the pain and facilitate your recovery.
5. Ice and Heat Therapy
Ice and heat therapy has been used for many years and is still effective. As the name implies, this method involves using ice and heat to relieve pain in the most affected area by accident.
Your therapist can apply the heat from a heat lamp, heating bag, or anything that dilates your blood vessels to improve blood flow, reduce swelling, relieve pain and bring a soothing effect to the pain area.
Ice can be applied to your skin through an ice pack wrapped in a towel. After the process, your body should relax, and you might feel more relief and less muscle tension.
AOA Ortho Can Help
Post-Injury pain can range from mild to severe, depending on the type of accident you are involved in. Thankfully, you can experience much relief by working with an experienced physical therapist.
At AOA Ortho, we know how unbearable post-accident pain can be, and that’s why we provide the best therapeutic solutions to our clients.
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