What to expect physically after a car accident

Car Accident

With over 143 million people commuting daily in the United States, car accidents are unfortunately a common occurrence among many Americans. If you have been involved in a crash, we know how traumatic, confusing and overwhelming it can be in the moments following the accident. At Armor Physical Therapy, we are here to guide you on what to expect physically after a car accident so you can get the treatment you need for your recovery.

10 symptoms to look out for after a car accident

Car accidents affect each person differently, depending on the severity of the crash and the body part that was injured. It is important to seek medical attention immediately after a crash, regardless if you are feeling pain, as symptoms can take hours or days to develop due to adrenaline. A doctor can help rule out any serious underlying injuries like a concussion or internal bleeding.

After the adrenaline stops masking your symptoms, the following symptoms may develop:

  1. Headaches
  2. Stiffness and pain in the neck or shoulder
  3. Pain that radiates down the spine
  4. Tingling and numbness
  5. Bruising and swelling
  6. Abdominal pain and nausea
  7. Lack of concentration and memory
  8. Ringing in the ears
  9. Dizziness and changes in your vision
  10. Anxiety, depression or PTSD


Be sure to keep your doctor updated on any new symptoms that arise. He or she can determine the best course of action to facilitate your recovery. If you have sustained a musculoskeletal injury after your accident, a course of physical therapy treatments may be recommended to improve your range of motion and flexibility, reduce your chronic pain and strengthen any damaged muscles and joints.

Armor Physical Therapy treatments post-accident 

Don’t let your chronic pain be a constant reminder of your collision. Put your accident behind you once and for all with Armor Physical Therapy. We are committed to your recovery and will be there with you every step of the way on your path to healing. Our team of physical therapists can educate you on what to expect physically after your car accident and determine the treatments best suited to recapture your life from your musculoskeletal pain and discomfort. 

Contact our team today to schedule your initial appointment and get your life back on track.

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