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Rehabilitation Process after a Car Accident

After a car accident in the Ottawa area, one of the most important things to do is to seek medical help from a health practitioner. The emergency room is a likely setting, especially if you have visible breaks and bruises. 


Remember, wounds and bruises are easy to treat – and you can see the progress as they heal. Injuries that are deeper within the body, such as torn ligaments, slipped discs, and whiplash, can be more difficult to diagnose and can take longer to heal during the rehabilitation process.


Depending on your injury, specific treatments and recovery plans can take more time until you see noticeable, long-term results. Here’s what you can expect from a few specific injuries.


Head or neck injuries after an accident: The most common head injury from a motor vehicle collision is a concussion. This is when your brain is jolted, moved, or shaken inside your skull. It sounds intense because it is – a concussion, even a minor one, should never be ignored or taken lightly. The treatment for a mild concussion is rest and refraining from activities that require concentration or that could worsen the concussion. It’s important to see a doctor if you think you may have a concussion – or if you suffered any trauma to the head. This can help pinpoint the diagnosis of a concussion or lead to the discovery of other related/connected injuries, such as whiplash or trauma to the spine. 


It can take anywhere from a couple of weeks or even months before you begin to regain your movement and concentration after an injury to the head or neck.


Back injuries after an accident: Wearing a seatbelt can save your life, but it can also do some damage in the process. Force to the spine and ribcage can lead to fractured or bruised bones, ligaments, and muscles. Ouch. The discs in your spine can also be shoved out of alignment from the force of the collision. Any aches and pains should always be checked out after an accident because they could be alerting you to some major issues that could get worse if left untreated. See a doctor or practitioner asap if you’ve hurt your back after a motor vehicle collision. 


Back injuries take time to heal, but with manual care and proper rehabilitation techniques, you can begin to feel less pain even after one treatment. It can take months, a year, or more before you’ve fully recovered. This time depends on the severity of your injuries, how you are responding to your rehab, and whether you are keeping up with your exercises. 


Consistently seeing your practitioner for your car accident recovery even after you begin to feel normal again is important to ensure the pain doesn’t return and you can return to your long-term optimal health. 


If you’ve been in a motor vehicle accident in Ottawa, turn to Tandem HD as part of your rehabilitation. Our team of dedicated experts and doctors is ready to provide you with the best rehabilitation in Ottawa. Reach out to start your recovery plan today.