Personal Injury Physical Therapy: Road to Recovery and Rehabilitation

Personal Injury Physical Therapy: Road to Recovery and Rehabilitation

Personal Injury can be referred to any sort of physical or mental injury caused to a person. It may be caused by one’s own actions or that of others. Physical injuries like musculoskeletal or neurological pain resulting from pinched nerves, dislocated joints, swollen tendons, etc are common in such cases. Personal injury physical therapy is provided to people who are experiencing physical trauma and pain caused due to certain events.

Everyone usually suffers some or the other type of physical injury that may require medical attention. With age, the self-healing power may need a professional’s aid for fast and long-term relief from injuries and pain. There are various nerves, bones, muscle tissues, and tendons that may suffer and sustain trauma due to an accident, overuse of a body part, injury, or an underlying health condition. If the pain becomes severe and persists for longer than usual, it is best to visit a pain specialist at the earliest. At Indiana Neurology and Pain Center, we have a team of professionals dealing in musculoskeletal and neurological pain solutions. You may book your appointment online or by walking to our INPC branches.

How is personal injury diagnosed?

Diagnosis of personal injury at INPC is a detailed process. We ensure comprehensive diagnosis so the exact underlying cause of pain is identified. Only when the diagnosis is correct, the treatment plan is effective. Doctors may ask you questions regarding the cause of injury in case it was an accident, whiplash, fall, etc. It is usually followed by a physical examination of the affected area to confirm the swelling of tendons or bursae sacs. The doctor may conclude the underlying pain cause at this stage. In some cases, patients may be suggested interventional therapies to ascertain a probable cause of pain for devising a long-term pain relief solution. It usually happens in serious musculoskeletal pain cases.

When to see a doctor?

Physical pain is common to almost everyone. Even by sleeping in the wrong position or overusing a body part, you may develop neck, back, or shoulder pain. However, it becomes crucial to see a doctor if you experience an undefined pain or a sudden severe pain or burning sensation in joints. Also, if the pain persists for longer than usual or you have suffered an accident or injury recently or in the past, it may cause physical injury and severe pain. Pain due to ligament tension or tear may show symptoms even after months of sustaining a personal injury. In all these cases, it is highly advisable to seek medical attention from a pain specialist. For instance, INPC has a team of dedicated professionals who are experts in diagnosing and treating personal injuries.

Physical therapy for various personal injuries

At Indiana Neurology and Pain Center, we are dedicated to treating numerous personal injury cases. Following are the cases that we diagnose and treat for quick and long-term pain relief:

  • Back pain
  • Sciatica
  • Shoulder pain
  • Elbow, wrist & hand pain
  • Pelvic pain
  • TMJ dysfunction
  • Chronic pain relief
  • Hip pain
  • Knee pain
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Neck pain
  • Headaches
  • Foot and ankle pain
  • Torticollis
  • Balance and gait disorders
  • Ergonomics
  • Sports injuries
  • Arthritis
  • Motor vehicle injuries
  • Workplace injuries
  • Pre-surgical rehab
  • Post-surgical rehab

Recovery and rehabilitation for personal injuries

After a detailed diagnosis, pain specialists at INPC may recommend either physical therapies or interventional treatments. If you have sustained a workplace injury, you may apply for workman compensation to get financial aid for medical needs. Also, having a health insurance card can provide you the much-needed financial assistance in times of medical needs. Commonly practiced physical therapies may include:

  • Manual therapy

To release muscle stiffness and pain, manual therapy can be advised. You may get the assistance of an expert at INPC to get yourself the right manual therapy for long-term pain relief and quick recovery.

  • Kinesio taping

Kinesio taping is used to relieve patients from chronic muscle pain. It is an elastic tape with pain-relief techniques that helps release pain and restore mobility.

  • Trigger point therapy

Human bodies have various trigger points, that is, nerve points. An expert may apply pressure on these trigger points to release pain caused due to certain nerves. It is best to not try these therapies at home without a professional.

  • Electrical stimulation

It is a method of using electrical pulses in order to relieve muscle pain. It is a non-invasive method of pain management.

  • Neurological rehabilitation

At Indiana Neurology and Pain Center, we also deal in pre and post-rehabilitation for long-term pain relief. Pre-surgery rehab refers to the preparation of a patient for an upcoming pain management surgery. On the other hand, post-surgery rehab includes specially designed programs and treatment including medication that helps restore the lost mobility of affected muscles and nerves.

How long does it take to recover from personal injuries?

There are various factors that affect the recovery period of a personal injury. It may differ from one person to another. So, your doctor may be able to best suggest the expected recovery time upon diagnosing the condition. Some of the factors that affect recovery from personal injuries are:

  • The type of treatment opted for may affect the recovery period. In some cases when physical therapy may not be best suitable, the patient may be suggested interventional therapies for fast recovery
  • The severity of the physical injury and pain caused by it including the affected body part also affects the time taken for recovery. For instance, having shoulder pain may not hinder your daily activity completely but pelvic, back, or leg pain may restrict your movement completely until recovery
  • Age is also a factor when it comes to physical injuries and recovery from them same. Youngsters are more likely to recover faster than adults or old age people
  • The overall physical health of a person may also decide how long it may take to recover from personal injuries. For instance, a frozen shoulder is common among diabetic patients. So, the recovery may have a slow pace and changes or reoccurrence is also higher than someone who is not diabetic.

End words

Musculoskeletal and neurological pain can be disturbing and quite painful. In serious cases, if treatment is not accessed at the earliest, the situation may worsen and further medical aid may be required. To avoid such a tense situation, it is best to visit your doctor when the pain becomes unusual, an undefined pain occurs, or an accident has happened. At Indiana Neurology and Pain Center, we ensure a safe and compassionate environment where our patient’s well-being is our primary concern. Book your appointment today!

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