Been in an Accident?

Here’s what to do next...

Accident Victim? Protect your legal rights!

If you are at the scene of an accident, call 911!

Speak to your Insurance company and obtain a claim number.

Call Mendelson Kornblum Orthopedics & Spine Specialists for an orthopedic and spine therapy evaluation.

A claim number lets your insurance company know you were in an accident and helps our doctors monitor your file.

Common Injuries After a Car Accident

Car accidents can result in a range of injuries, varying in severity depending on factors such as the speed of the collision, the use of seat belts, and the type of impact. Our Michigan orthopedic doctors help patients recover from various injuries, including:


Whiplash is a neck injury that occurs when the head is suddenly jerked backward and then forward, causing rapid neck movement. It commonly results from rear-end collisions. Symptoms include neck pain, stiffness, headaches, and sometimes shoulder or upper back pain.


The force of a car accident can lead to bone fractures. Commonly affected areas include the arms, legs, ribs, and facial bones, and patients may experience pain, swelling, deformity, and difficulty moving the affected limb.


Injuries to soft tissues such as muscles, tendons, and ligaments can occur due to the impact of a car accident. You may notice swelling, bruising, and limited range of motion in the affected area.

Head Injuries

Head injuries can range from mild concussions to more severe traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), depending on the force of impact. Symptoms will vary but can include headaches, dizziness, confusion, memory loss, and, in severe cases, loss of consciousness.

Chest Injuries

A car accident may result in chest injuries due to impact with the steering wheel, dashboard, or airbag, resulting in bruising, chest pain, difficulty breathing, and potential rib fractures.

Back Injuries

The impact of a car accident can lead to various back injuries, including herniated discs, spinal fractures, or sprains, with symptoms including back pain, stiffness, numbness or tingling in the extremities, and difficulty walking.

Knee Injuries

Knee injuries may occur when the lower body is subjected to significant impact or twisting during a car accident. Pain, swelling, difficulty bending or straightening the knee, and instability may occur as a result.

Seat Belt or Airbag Injuries

While seat belts and airbags are crucial for safety, they can cause injuries such as chest bruising, facial abrasions, or abdominal injuries during a collision. Symptoms may include bruising, abdominal pain, facial abrasions, or burns.

Physical Therapy After a Car Accident

Physical therapy after a car accident is a crucial aspect of rehabilitation, especially when orthopedic issues are involved. Orthopedic doctors often collaborate with physical therapists to create comprehensive treatment plans tailored to the specific injuries sustained in the accident. Here's how our orthopedic doctors approach physical for post-car accident rehabilitation:

Orthopedic Assessment

Our orthopedic doctors will thoroughly assess your musculoskeletal system to identify specific orthopedic injuries such as fractures, soft tissue injuries, or joint-related issues resulting from the car accident.

Physical Therapy

Based on the orthopedic assessment, physical therapy may be part of the treatment plan to address pain, restore mobility, and promote healing of orthopedic injuries.

Collaborative Treatment Planning

Working with physical therapists, together we'll develop a customized treatment plan that takes into account the orthopedic diagnosis, the severity of your injuries, and your specific goals for rehabilitation.

Injury-Specific Exercises

Car accident physical therapy exercises target the specific orthopedic injuries the orthopedic doctor identifies to improve strength, mobility, and function in the affected areas.

Techniques may include manual therapy, therapeutic exercises, and modalities such as heat or ice to alleviate pain and inflammation.

Post-Surgical Rehabilitation

Our orthopedic surgeons provide a range of orthopedic surgeries when necessary. Physical therapy plays a key role in post-surgical rehabilitation in cases requiring orthopedic surgery.

Preventing Future Injuries

Physical therapy aims to address current orthopedic injuries and prevent future issues.

Our Michigan Physical Therapy & Orthopedic Specialists

The orthopedic physicians at Mendelson Kornblum are dedicated to ongoing research in both surgical and non-invasive technologies and treatments. Our commitment is to provide our patients with cutting-edge, well-established medical care. Affiliated with premier hospitals in Michigan, we take pride in being recognized as orthopedics and sports medicine leaders by both patients and peers.

Find Physical Therapy After a Car Accident Near Me

If you've been in a car accident, seeking care is important, even if your injuries seem minor initially. Some injuries may have delayed symptoms, and early intervention can improve outcomes. Reach out to our Michigan orthopedic specialists.

FAQs About Physical Therapy After a Car Accident

Physical therapy after a car accident plays a crucial role in the rehabilitation process. It aims to reduce pain, restore mobility, improve strength, and enhance overall function. Physical therapists design personalized treatment plans to address specific injuries sustained in the accident, promoting a full and optimal recovery.