I’ve always treated auto injury patients my whole 10-year career, but I never had been in their shoes. Until recently. My whole family and I were rear ended in January by a car that had to have been going 50-60mph; just based on how totaled her car was and the injuries it left us with. It was one of the most scary experiences I’ve ever encountered; knowing my 2 babies were in the back seat too. Fortunately they were both okay; thank goodness for strict Florida car seat laws!
Adrenaline kicks in and you fear first for those around you, not really paying much attention to yourself. Then after a day or two, the pain, stiffness, and immobility kick in. You can’t sleep or do the things you enjoy doing daily, like playing with your kids on the floor. Fortunately for us, getting into Hohman Rehab was easy and the team could start helping us.
It’s so important to see your doctor for an examination and then begin therapy right away. The stretching, soft tissue massage/deep tissue massage, modalities, and other tools they use really helped our bodies stop reacting in a negative way to the accident. If we had waited a long time to begin physical therapy, I know we wouldn’t have been as successful as we were.
I now view car accident victims in a whole different way, since I have been through the experience myself and know what they are going through when they come to Hohman Rehab for physical therapy. Therapy is the best thing you can do!