6 Common Auto Accident Injuries and How They Are Treated

auto accident pain therapyCommon Car Accident Injuries

Injuries from motor-vehicle accidents range considerably. Please find a list of common problems and their treatment courses below. Please do not attempt treatment yourself — seek immediate medical attention for any of these conditions.

1. Scrapes, Cuts, and Burns

Skin and tissue injuries are most common in serious high-impact collisions. They often come in the form of abrasions, puncture wounds, or lacerations. Burns may also be an issue in extreme cases. Treatments may include:

  • First aid
  • Suture
  • Bandaging
  • Skin graft

2. Limb Joint Injuries

Car accidents may result in various injuries to the joints and connective tissues of the legs and arms. Diagnosing these injuries may sometimes require imaging, such as X-rays or MRI scans. Depending on the site, these issues could reduce mobility, dexterity, and other important physical skills. To obtain the most complete recovery possible, patients often must depend on a mix of treatments that manage pain, strengthen the body, and improve the underlying condition:

  • Chiropractic care
  • Physiotherapy
  • Joint injections
  • Interferential current therapy

3. Skeletal Injuries

Broken bones are relatively common in high-speed collisions. These conditions could require:

  • X-ray, MRI, or CAT scans
  • Immobilization, such as a cast or sling
  • Nutritional supplements
  • Orthopedic hardware

4. Whiplash

Whiplash is a neck injury caused by the violent back-and-forth movement the head experiences during a collision. This injury can occur at low speeds — especially when airbags do not deploy and especially in rear-end impacts. Common courses of action regarding whiplash include:

  • Chiropractic diagnosis, monitoring, and care
  • Physiotherapy
  • Joint injections for persistent or severe cases

5. Traumatic Brain Injury

Any time that a skull-impact or a whiplash event happens, there is a chance for traumatic brain injury. These injuries range in severity and symptoms. Severe cases often involve a loss of consciousness; emergency room doctors and specialists usually treat moderate-to-significant TBI. Milder injuries may call for:

  • Rest from work or other physical and mental exertion
  • Professional monitoring (follow-up appointments)

6. Chronic Pain

Even after initial courses of treatment are complete, it is relatively common for patients to experience chronic pain following an auto accident. This could mean that there are still joint, muscle, or ligament issues that should be addressed. Treatment for chronic pain could include:

  • Trigger point injections
  • Joint injections
  • Chiropractic care
  • Activity and nutritional changes
  • Physiotherapy
  • Electrical stimulation therapies

A Note on Prescription Painkillers

Prescription painkillers are prescribed widely for patients with accident injuries. This option is problematic because it does not improve the underlying condition in most cases. However, in certain cases — such as severe burns — the use of short-term pain medication as directed by a medical professional may be an appropriate part of a larger recovery plan.

You may have noticed that none of these injuries have quick fixes. Recovery is a journey of strengthening the body and removing the cause of the injury — not just reducing symptoms. To learn more, please contact us directly or schedule an appointment today for treatment of pain after a car accident.

Should You See a Chiropractor After an Auto Accident?

PhysiotherapistThe first thing you should do after an auto accident is to seek medical attention for yourself and any injured loved ones. Depending on your injuries, a chiropractor could be a good choice. For example, any type of pain or discomfort in your back, arms, shoulders, legs, or neck would be a definite indication you should make an appointment as soon as possible.

Should You See a Chiropractor for Minor Injuries?

An auto accident is not a minor event. Depending on the trauma you endured, any change in your condition— physical, emotional, or mental — could indicate severe underlying injuries.

We would suggest anyone involved in a crash come see us or another appropriate medical provider. That is the only reliable way to accurately determine how much attention an injury might require.

Which Injuries Can a Chiropractor Treat?

At PhysMED, our main focus is physiotherapy for injuries received from motor vehicle accidents. Therefore, while our colleagues in the field treat a variety of health issues, our specialization is in providing the most effective and up-to-date treatment for the following:

  • Joint, muscle, and ligament issues
  • Mobility loss and disability
  • Neck, shoulder, arm, and back pain
  • Loss of muscle strength

Our services might only be one element of your treatment after a severe auto accident. If it is necessary during the course of your therapy, we can provide you with references to specialists who can help you recover from the other aspects of your injury.

How Long Does Therapy Last?

One reason you should see a chiropractor as soon as possible after a car accident is simple: It takes time to heal. With the correct regimen of treatment and exercises, a relatively minor soft tissue injury might only take a little over a month to two to heal.

Is Chiropractic Covered by Insurance?

Everyone’s insurance treats physiotherapy differently, but all of the essential treatments are covered under the vast majority of standard health insurance plans. Furthermore, we act as medical providers in terms of qualifying you for coverage under Florida’s personal injury protection laws, if necessary. We will work with you to help you understand your insurance coverage and get the treatment you need.

In the Case of Severe Injuries

If you have severe trauma — broken bones, cuts, burns, head injuries or severe joint injures, such as dislocations, for example — please do not hesitate to visit the emergency room. PhysMED is equipped to handle a wide range of injuries, but we do not have emergency facilities at our centers. After these acute concerns are taken care of, we will help you recover in a safe, calm environment if further treatment is indicated.

You should seek prompt medical attention if there is any change in your condition after a car accident. The sooner you start treatment, the better your long-term outlook will be. Please contact us today to set up an appointment.