Treatment for Auto Accident Injuries
Learn more about Cryotherapy treatment for car accident injuries.
Cryotherapy for Car Accident Injuries
Cryotherapy for car accident injuries is the application of cold packs to reduce the temperature of the tissue directly below the surface of the skin.
- Relieves pain by temporarily numbing the nerve fibers.
- Reduces inflammation and swelling.
- Slows cellular metabolism, and decreases the production of waste products.
Cryotherapy Frequently Asked Questions
Cryotherapy is the application of cold and below freezing temperatures to areas affected after an injury. The cold temperatures treat tissue directly below the skin to reduce inflammation and alleviate pain after an auto accident. Cryotherapy is typically used immediately following a trauma as it reduces blood flow to an area, which in turn reduces bruising and swelling.
Cryotherapy can treat a variety of ailments after a car accident, including but not limited to:
- Headaches and migraines
- Whiplash injury
- Muscle spasms
- Sprains and strains
- Acute injuries
Patients can use both heat and cold therapy during their healing process after a car accident. Cryotherapy is recommended for use when an injury first occurs as it can quickly reduce inflammation and pain. It is not recommended you move the affected area after cold therapy. Heat therapy is more commonly used for chronic pain and stiffness and to help increase range of motion. After receiving heat therapy, muscles are warm, and patients can move and exercise the affected area.
It is recommended that patients use cryotherapy for no more than 20 minutes at a time, leaving at least 20 minutes between each session. Leaving cold packs on too long can cause damage to skin tissues due to lack of blood flow.
Yes, sometimes there are certain times when patients shouldn’t use cold therapy. If a patient is only experiencing acute stiffness or pain, and plans to be active, heat therapy is recommended. Cold therapy can mask pain in some instances, and does not relax muscles, which could lead to further injury. Some people with pre-existing conditions are more at risk for cramping or complications during cryotherapy and should consult a physician prior to use. These conditions include:
- Vascular diseases
- Hypersensitivity to cold
- Open wounds or blistered skin