Most of us drive every day without getting a second thought about how dangerous it can be. Nine times out of ten, you’ll never experience any real dangers as long as you’re smart about driving. However, tragedy can still strike; unfortunately, people sometimes die from a crash. In late November 2022, police responded to an incident on the 1900 block of W. Northern Parkway near Greenhaven Drive.
Around 3:30 p.m., a 2008 Nissan was heading to W. Northern Parkway. As they were driving, another car lost control, crashing into the road’s median strip and flipping over. Unfortunately, two people died—a 23-year-old woman and a 22-year-old man. While the exact cause as to why the vehicle lost control is unknown, many residents attest to how Northern Parkway is a “speedway.” So one person interviewed, Jill Yesko, wasn’t surprised a fatal accident occurred.
Other people in the area believe that rainy weather could have also played a role. Even when driving slowly and exercising extreme caution, weather conditions like rain can make navigating difficult. Unfortunately, two of the people involved could not survive the car crash.
Even when surviving a car crash, long-lasting injuries can occur. These injuries can range from minor bruises and scrapes to traumatic brain injuries. Likewise, medical treatments can also vary. Sometimes victims may just need to stay in the hospital overnight and pick up a prescription for pain medicine. Other times, however, victims may need a long road to recovery, including invasive surgeries.
Unfortunately, surgery can only do so much, and while it can save a victim’s life, it may not always restore their range of motion or flexibility. For these reasons, people often need physical therapy. Sometimes physical therapy is highly recommended by your primary care provider, and other times might be a supplement or alternative to current treatments.
Car crashes can also lead to strokes or stroke-like symptoms. Physical therapy can help keep a patient’s muscles active and toned, maintain circulation, and prevent overall stiffness. By returning functionality to these areas, a patient will be more likely to recover. While physical therapy can’t always completely restore a patient’s functionality before a crash, it can greatly help. Physical therapy can prevent you from needing invasive surgeries and can mean the difference between whether or not a person can walk again.
There’s a misconception that physical therapy is only for major injuries or following surgery. However, even people with minor injuries or minor conditions can benefit from physical therapy. Additionally, you don’t necessarily seek physical therapy after invasive surgery. Instead, it’s often recommended to undergo physical therapy to avoid surgery. Of course, surgery is sometimes necessary, but physical therapy can sometimes be the better alternative.
While it’s not always possible to avoid car crashes or strokes, help is available should these events happen. When you require Baltimore, MD, physical therapy, our Mid Atlantic Spinal Rehab & Chiropractic office can help by prescribing you or your loved ones with the right treatment plans!
BY: Mid Atlantic Spinal Rehab
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