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Physical Therapy After an Accident

If you were in an accident, chances are you suffered an injury. Whether it was minor or major, it could take some time to get back on track. When it comes to recuperating, physical therapy is one of the best options. We will explain the importance of physical therapy and getting back on your feet after your accident.

Types of Physical Therapy

There are many types of physical therapy, and most depend on your injuries and their severity. The following are common types of physical therapy, what they do, and how they work:

  1. Wound Care: After an injury, wounds can often be treated through physical therapy. Chronic wounds, which are wounds that don't heal within three months, are common injuries that affect 5.7 million patients in the United States. There are numerous types of Chronic wounds, but necrotic wounds are also common chronic wounds that utilize physical therapy. Necrotic tissue is dead tissue that results from poor blood supply and contains debris and dead cells due to the fragmentation of dying cells.
  2. Orthopedic: This is the most common type of physical therapy and treats injuries to the muscles, bones, joints, tendons, and ligaments. Some specific examples of orthopedic injuries are sprains, strains, ligament tears, muscle tears, joint/muscle/tendon inflammations, post fracture injuries, and joint pain/stiffness. The most common orthopedic physical therapy work is done on knees and shoulders.
  3. Pediatric: Injured children require different attention than adults. Their bodies are still growing, and they are not built the same way. If you child is in an accident, a pediatric physical therapist could be more helpful than one specializing in their specific injuries. This is something you would want to talk to your doctor about.
  4. Cardiopulmonary: If your injury was heart related, consider cardiopulmonary physical therapy to get your heart back on track. When recovering from something like a heart attack, your heart will be in a weakened state, and physical therapy could greatly benefit your heart health. Your therapist will help you gradually build your heart strength through exercise.
  5. Vestibular: This type of physical therapy deals with damage to the inner ear. If you accident caused ear damage, you should consider vestibular physical therapy. A damaged inner ear could cause coordination and balance issues, and through physical therapy the brain could be taught to adapt to permanent inner ear changes, and the patients could adjust and thus become more mobile.
  6. Neurological: This type of therapy is common after a head injury or stroke. This physical therapy works with the brain to strengthen muscle and restore the nervous system. Neurological physical therapists work to restore mobility and strengthen the body as well as the brain.

Physical Therapy Health Insurance

If you are injured in an accident, your insurance may cover physical therapy. Physical therapy is a common treatment included in accident injury claims. According to All Law:

If you receive a few weeks of physical therapy prescribed and administered by your doctor's office, an insurance adjuster may lump it in with other medical specials. But if you have physical therapy for months and the therapy accounts for the largest part of your medical bills by far, the insurance adjuster is likely to use a lower multiplier when fitting your medical specials into the damages formula.

For some injuries physical therapy can take a long time, so some insurance providers are hesitant to cover physical therapy. For all medical treatment keep every document, especially for physical therapy. You will want copies of all documents to give to your insurance, as well as your personal injury lawyer. If you had a preexisting injury, insurance will not pay for treatment for that injury, only injuries obtained during the accident. In the event that you are injured and can't afford hospital treatment or physical therapy, it is possible for a hospital lien to come into play. For more information on hospital liens, please read here.

Texas Physical Therapy Specialists

If you live in the Westlake area of Austin the best physical therapist is Texas Physical Therapy Specialists at the Westlake Athletic Community Center. They practice hands-on physical therapy based on the newest research and are committed to getting you the best results in fewer visits. They offer the following services:

  • AlterG
  • Aquatic Therapy
  • Chronic Pain
  • Electromyography and Nerve Conduction Studies
  • Hand Therapy
  • Home Health
  • Lymphedema
  • Manual Physical Therapy
  • Orthopaedics
  • Podiatry Issues
  • Spine Care
  • Sports Physical Therapy
  • Temporomandibular Pain
  • Vestibular Imbalance
  • Weight Loss / Metabolic Conditioning
  • Wellness & Fitness
  • Women's Health
  • Workplace Injuries

We highly recommend their physical therapy services after an accident. Please schedule an appointment by filling out the form here or calling (512) 306-8071.

Rhett Hoestenbach P.C.

If you were injured in an accident, you will need an attorney. Rhett Hoestenbach can help you work through your accident and injuries, and make sure you are getting the settlement and treatments you deserve. Our lawyers will help you through the various processes involved, and deal with insurance and other obstacles. Please contact Rhett Hoestenbach at 512-472-8865, email [email protected], or fill out the contact form here.

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