One of the main questions that people have after being in a car accident is “Do I need to see a doctor for my injuries?” While many patients experience soreness after a car accident, there is a high probability that the soreness will intensify over time. Many injuries are not immediately apparent and will require professional treatment.
This fact makes it a good idea for anyone involved in an auto accident to either seek treatment immediately after the auto accident. If the individual delays seeking treatment, then there is a high chance that any potential injuries will get worse. In some cases, it can take three days for an injury to get worse.
Auto injury treatment
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 3 million people sustain an injury every year in auto accidents in the United States. There are generally two categories that place an auto injury such as impact injuries and penetrating injuries.
Impact injuries occur when a part of the body makes direct impact with the automobile. Penetrating injuries tend to include minor cuts and scrapes. While each particular injury is going to be different, there are a few types of injuries that are more common than others, like back pain and whiplash.
Whiplash is a common injury that someone can receive in an auto accident. Since whiplash is a soft tissue injury, it directly affects the neck and shoulder area by limiting a person’s range of motion. Whiplash often causes soreness and/or pain. Whiplash treatments focus on reducing pain while restoring a normal range of motion in the patient’s neck and shoulder area. Professional treatment may also recommend self-care whiplash treatment options such as rest, alternating ice with heat and taking over the counter medications.
Medical treatment options for whiplash include physical therapy, psychotherapy, injections, manual manipulation, acupuncture, massage therapy and taking prescribed pain medications. Even if the injury does not feel serious right after an accident, it is important to seek medical attention for whiplash symptoms for us to measure the severity of the condition and administer proper treatment.
Shoulder pain treatment
The shoulder tends to be more susceptible to injury during an auto accident due to its large range of mobility. Since a shoulder injury can often damage the soft tissue in the shoulder area, common forms of shoulder pain treatment include taking an anti-inflammatory medication. We can prescribe stronger pain relievers if necessary but will try other treatment solutions first. Other shoulder pain treatment options include resting, alternating moist heat with ice, corticosteroid injections and physical therapy.
Neck pain treatment
The neck area is vulnerable to injury, especially in a car accident. The muscles, ligaments and soft tissue in the neck area can easily sustain injury when they move out of their normal range. This movement is a result of a sudden jerking motion that causes whiplash. Neck pain treatment options include utilizing ice and heat therapy, gentle exercising, taking pain medication, physical therapy and corticosteroid injections. We will determine the most effective treatment for the patient during a consultation.
Back pain treatment
While back pain is a common result of auto-related injuries, there are multiple forms of back pain that can require different types of treatment. Non-surgical back pain treatment options tend to include physical therapy, using hot or cold therapy, stretching exercises, taking medications and pain management. Chiropractic care options include having a spinal adjustment that can help to reduce pain as well as improve overall function.
A medical massage, also known as massage therapy, can be very beneficial when it comes to providing the pain relief that many people are looking for when suffering from some type of auto injury. More common types of auto accident injuries that a medical massage therapist can help treat include whiplash, concussion, neck pain, knee pain, spinal cord injuries, trauma, anxiety and stress.
Pain management is a large part of recovering from an auto accident since it can lessen the stress and frustration the patient often feels. Pain management can help control and relieve any pain a patient is experiencing due to an auto injury. For that reason, we frequently recommend pain management when a patient is in extreme pain.
A spinal pain specialist can help relieve by using methods such as hot and cold therapy, wearing a neck brace, chiropractic services, medical massage, physical therapy, over the counter and prescribed medications. Seeking professional pain management can help promote early healing.
If you would like to learn more about auto injury treatment and the various treatments we provide, call (610) 678-8600 to schedule a consultation.