Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy plays a crucial role in the treatment and rehabilitation of almost all medical conditions, but none more so than auto accident injuries. Tulsa Accident Care Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, provides an extensive range of expert physical therapies from active exercises to passive treatments such as therapeutic ultrasound and phonophoresis. Walk-ins are welcome, or you can book a same-day appointment over the phone or online. Contact Tulsa Accident Care Center today to find out more about their exceptional physical therapy services.

Physical Therapy Q&A

What is physical therapy? 
Physical therapy is one of the most valuable treatments in rebuilding strength and fitness following an auto injury. It involves using a variety of techniques to restore physical function and reduce musculoskeletal pain.
Physical therapy can:

  • Build-up weakened or damaged muscles
  • Improve connective tissue strength
  • Increase the range of movement
  • Maintain joint flexibility
  • Prevent disability
  • Help avoid the need for surgery

If your auto accident means you need to use assistive devices or artificial limbs, physical therapy can also help you get used to using them safely and comfortably.
Your physical therapy program at Tulsa Accident Care Center is likely to involve both active and passive forms of therapy.

What is active physical therapy?
Active physical therapy is where you perform specific exercises under the expert supervision of the Tulsa Accident Care Center team.
Active physical therapy techniques vary depending on your exact injury, its severity, and other factors like your age and general health. Typically, you do stretching and strengthening exercises and may move on to doing cardiovascular and weight training as your condition improves.
Your therapist also shows you how to perform exercises safely and correctly at home, where you need to practice between your physical therapy sessions at Tulsa Accident Care Center.

What is passive physical therapy?
Passive physical therapy is where you lie back and relax while your therapist administers a treatment to you. Passive forms of physical therapy available at Tulsa Accident Care Center include:

Ultrasound therapy
Therapeutic ultrasound uses high-frequency soundwaves to stimulate damaged tissue. That encourages blood flow, which increases your body’s ability to heal itself.

Heat and ice therapy
Applying heat to injured tissues relieves pain and encourages healing while using ice packs can be useful for reducing inflammation and swelling.

Traction is a gentle way of relieving pressure in your spine from injuries like herniated discs and straightening broken bones.

Electrical muscle stimulation
Delivering a mild electrical current into injured areas encourages blood circulation, stops muscles from spasming, and helps to prevent a decline in muscle mass.

Massage therapy
Hands-on therapy that relieves tension, improves circulation, and relaxes your soft tissues.

This treatment combines ultrasound technology with topical medications to get pain relief and anti-inflammatory treatments right to the source of your pain.
You might also benefit from the use of braces or splints to aid your recovery, or an injection to relieve pain so you can actively participate.
If you’ve had an accident and are in pain, you can drop into Tulsa Accident Care Center without needing an appointment. You can also book online now or call to find out more about the expert physical therapy services available.