Car Accident Physical Therapy

Car Accident Physical Therapy for Whiplash in Salt Lake City

Whiplash is one of the most common injuries resulting from a car accident, but it can present in a variety of different ways. Sometimes it is obvious immediately after the car accident takes place, while other times, several days or a week may pass before symptoms of whiplash really set in.

It occurs when the head and neck are rapidly forced back and forth or side to side. It can lead to injuries of neck muscles, ligaments, and even the bony vertebrate. Common symptoms of whiplash include neck or back pain, stiffness, loss of spinal range of motion, dizziness, headache, and sometimes even shoulder/arm pain.

The small muscles which are attached directly to the back of the spinal column can become weakened following whiplash. It is often necessary to wake up and strengthen these muscles in order to normalize function and decrease pain. If a spinal nerve or disc is compressed during a whiplash injury, this can also lead to numbness, tingling, weakness, or other limitations at the shoulder, elbow, or hand.

With a proper assessment, physical therapy can utilize various techniques to effectively treat the source of pain:

soft-tissue mobilization
joint manipulation
dry needling
specific exercises

Headache Treatment

Car Accident Physical Therapy

Headaches are a common occurrence in our country, estimated to affect over 45 million people each year. They can be exacerbated following a car accident or can be a side-effect associated with whiplash or muscular tension injuries. Headaches vary in severity and type:


Symptoms can differ among individuals who experience them, but consist of aching or dull pain, throbbing, tenderness around the head or neck, burning, sharp or piercing pain, and tightness in the neck or upper shoulder muscles. With migraines, people can sometimes have visual disturbances such as blind spots or seeing stars. Physical therapy can help to decrease muscle tension, decrease compression of the spine, improve blood flow, and reduce stress.

While these things may help improve multiple types of headaches, physical therapy is most effective in treating tension-type and post-traumatic headaches. Spinal manipulation, exercise, neuromuscular re-education, stretching, soft-tissue mobilization, and dry needling are all tools of physical therapy which have been shown to reduce pain and impairment caused by these types of headaches.

Tens of thousands of car accidents occur in Salt Lake City every year, resulting in thousands of injuries to those involved. Even minor accidents can result in chronic pain that may drag on for weeks and months. Common injuries resulting from car accidents include whiplash, concussions, muscle strains, joint dislocations, damage to the spine, and neck/back injuries. While time will help to decrease the severity of injury, many of these conditions will not heal completely on their own without proper treatment.

  • It has become all too common that when clients attend traditional therapy clinics, they only spend 10-15 minutes working directly with a licensed physical therapist. The majority of their time is spent with the support staff, such as assistants, aides, techs, or even worse, being left to exercise on their own.

    When Lien and Garrett Trumpy founded Encore Physical Therapy and Sports Rehabilitation, they wanted to change this previously accepted idea of what outpatient therapy should be. After working in various busy therapy clinics, they saw how little time therapists got to spend with their clients and how insurance often dictated the type or amount of therapy each client could receive. As re-imbursement rates from insurance companies continue to decline, therapists are forced to see more clients in less time, only exacerbating this problem. This is the reason they decided to start a unique and convenient physical therapy service that follows a concierge business model which maximizes the quality of care and time each individual receives during treatment. We believe that working 1-on-1 with a Doctor of Physical therapy for the entirety of your care will help yield the best results possible.

    We know life gets busy and injuries get pushed aside and are just “dealt” with. We’ve heard far too many times that an injury has been going on for months or even years before being addressed. Encore Physical Therapy looks to help eliminate the excuse of not having enough time to rehab your injuries or pain. We wanted to make it more convenient for an individual to get treatment by giving them the opportunity to be seen in the comfort of their own home.

    Our therapists love building a relationship with each client, as we invest ourselves into their rehabilitation and want to assist them in exceeding their goals.