ExercisingBecause of the high velocity and force involved in auto accidents, back and neck injuries are rather common. The whiplash often causes ligaments and muscles to stretch, contract, or even tear. Tendons and muscles can become swollen and discs and joints can pop out of place. All of these things put pressure on the nerve endings surrounding the spine and can produce varying levels of pain.

If you have been involved in an auto accident and are experiencing related back or neck pain, it is important to develop a plan for pain relief and recovery. In many cases, a doctor will suggest exercise as a component of this recovery process.

Physical therapy

Whether your doctor suggests some simple in-home exercises or points you to a professional therapist, exercising can help you manage your pain and encourage recovery. Here are a few of the benefits of exercise after an injury:

  • Exercise can improve range of motion and mobility by loosening tight ligaments, tendons, and muscles. This is important in the early phases when the muscles are often in spasm.  It can also help to strengthen injured muscles.
  • Exercise releases endorphins in the body which help relieve and block pain signals.
  • Exercise is ideal for relieving stress, which often follows a traumatic accident.

While exercise can often be enough to encourage recovery and alleviate pain, more serious injuries may require diagnostic or therapeutic injections and/or surgery. If you believe surgery may be in your future, discuss your options with a medical specialist.