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Can a Physical Therapist Evaluate Accident Injuries?

When accidents happen—whether it’s a minor fall during a morning run to a serious car crash—the aftermath can leave us grappling with injuries and pain. It’s at this point that many turn to physical therapists for help. But can physical therapists truly evaluate accident injuries? Here’s what you need to know.

Assessing the Damage

Physical therapists are trained to assess various types of injuries. When you first visit, they’ll start by asking about how the injury occurred and your medical history. This critical conversation helps the therapist understand not just the injury itself, but also any underlying conditions that might affect your recovery.

Evaluating Your Injuries

Evaluating an injury involves more than just looking at where it hurts. Physical therapists perform a detailed assessment that includes examining your movement, flexibility, muscle strength, and more. They might ask you to walk, bend, or stretch, observing and noting any limitations or pain points. It all helps them understand the extent of your injury and how it affects your daily life.

Testing Balance and Strength

Balance and strength tests are common during evaluations. These aren’t about pushing you to your limits but understanding how your injury has impacted your ability to perform basic movements. For example, standing on one foot might reveal issues with balance that weren’t apparent before.

Understanding Your Needs and Goals

A significant part of a physical therapist’s job is to educate you about your injury. They’ll explain what’s wrong, how long recovery might take, and what you can do to aid your healing process. This information is vital for setting realistic expectations and making informed decisions about your treatment.

A Comprehensive Approach to Recovery at Impact Medical Group

Physical therapists play a pivotal role in evaluating and treating accident injuries, equipped with the expertise and tools necessary for a comprehensive assessment and personalized treatment plan. Whether you’re navigating the aftermath of a sports injury, recovering from a car accident, or facing challenges from any other type of trauma, the support and guidance of a skilled physical therapist can be invaluable.

At Impact Medical Group of Brandon, our approach to recovery goes beyond traditional treatment methods. We understand that each injury and individual is unique, and our dedicated team is committed to providing the highest level of care tailored to your specific needs. Don’t let an accident put your life on hold. Call us today at (813) 522-8885 to schedule your free medical evaluation and take the first step towards a healthier, pain-free future.