I had a car accident six months ago. My doctor tells me I'm completely recovered, but I'm still not moving normally. Will this stiffness and change in movement ever get better?

Fear of movement and fear of reinjury are common problems after accidents and trauma of all kinds. Patients expect increased pain and start to avoid certain movements. The body starts to stiffen up and pretty soon they've lost normal motion and function.

Studies show that patients can get better with the right kind of rehab. Improving motion and fitness while reducing disability are the goals. The patient is exposed to a small amount of the feared activity with support and supervision of a trained rehab professional. Gradually, the patient attempts more and more with less help. Reducing the anxiety, fear, or worry associated with movement is a big part of the program.