Car Accident Injuries

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Car Accident Injuries

Chris Goetz - Friday, March 01, 2013

Beware: Car Accident Injuries May Not Be Immediately Apparent

Goetz with CaptionBeing involved in a car accident can be a frightening experience, and the aftermath can be disruptive to your life and health.  A number of issues could arise including vehicle repairs, loss of your primary mode of transportation, missed work, dealing with insurance companies and, of course, discomfort, pain or possibly a serious car accident injury. Even in the absence of an obvious injury, a victim of a motor vehicle accident could experience:

 

 

  • Upper and lower back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Whiplash
  • Shoulder pain
  • Numbness
  • Muscle stiffness
  • Brain injury
  • Chronic pain
  • Leg, knee and foot injuries
  • Headaches
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Memory loss
  • Fatigue

It's also possible to feel nothing at all. In some cases your own body may block the sensation of pain immediately following a stressful event. Another common pitfall is the fact that pain medications prescribed after an accident may mask underlying problems.

For these and other reasons it is important after any accident, no matter how minor it might seem, to be examined by and doctor that specializes in the treatment of injuries sustained from auto accidents. Once it has been determined that injuries are not life threatening, the next step should be a visit to a pain management clinic, a chiropractor or a physiatrist.

Without the right evaluation and treatment, the conditions listed above could surface weeks or months down the road.  Spinal injuries that go untreated will not heal correctly and could lead to future chronic pain and discomfort.

A doctor that specializes in pain management and physiotherapy is more familiar with the types of injuries that result from motor vehicle accidents, in particular those that the patient may not yet be aware of.  Through x-rays and other orthopedic and neurological tests, a pain specialist can determine if structural or soft tissue damage has occurred and if muscle strength, range of motion or nerve function have been compromised.

Even after a hospital visit, is it important to visit a doctor who will treat your injuries and guide you through rehabilitation. It is important to understand that a hospital will insure that injuries are not life threatening and possibly prescribe medication to manage pain. But medication is not treatment for underlying muscular-skeletal issues. Only through rehabilitative therapies such as chiropractic, massage, physiotherapy, electric stimulation, ultrasound, traction and other techniques  can structural and soft tissue damage be corrected. In some cases surgery may be an option.

Make sure to consider all of these issues after any accident. Most importantly, seek the advice of a health professional to insure your continued health and wellbeing.

Dr. Chris Goetz was an offensive lineman with the San Diego Chargers and New York Jets from 1990-1992. Having seen the benefits of therapy as he recuperated from his NFL injuries, he decided to enroll in Chiropractic Medicine school and dedicate himself to bringing relief and wellness to others. He has been Owner/Director of Advance Health Services of Miami since 1999.