Here we’ll be discussing some of the most common auto accident injuries that occur every year, and how the doctors at Integrative Physical Medicine can help.
Let’s start with whiplash
This is one of the most common neck injuries. It results from the sudden jolting of the neck, which is likely to occur even in a mild car accident, even if you’re wearing a seatbelt. Whiplash usually results from a rear-end collision.
Like many auto accident injuries, the symptoms of whiplash can be latent – sometimes not fully developing until at least 24 hours following the accident. Symptoms include:
- Neck pain, especially when trying to move the neck
- Headaches (usually occurring at the base of the skull and then later moving upward)
- Back, arm, and shoulder pain
- Numbness or a tingling sensation in the arms
- Dizziness, confusion, and fatigue
Some people who undergo whiplash experience symptoms for only a matter of days or weeks, while others can experience chronic pain as a result of moderate or severe whiplash. There are a number of ways auto accident injury doctors can help.
At Integrative Physical Medicine, we start by locating the source of your pain through a combination of physical and neurological examinations.
During the physical exam, we’ll evaluate your posture, range of motion, and overall physical condition, paying close attention to movements that increase your pain. We check for muscle spasms, misalignments in the spine, and evaluate your spine curvature. During the neurological exam, we’ll test your reflexes and muscle strength.
When it comes to whiplash, neck adjustments often yield the best results. Also known as a cervical manipulation, a neck adjustment is usually performed by hand. With the right kind of adjustment, we can reduce soreness, stiffness, and inflammation, restoring your posture and range of motion. Many of our patients have expressed immediate relief following this treatment.
Musculoskeletal injuries are another problem we’re used to seeing
These are injuries that involve damage to the ligaments, tendons, nerves, and muscles. More serious auto accidents often cause these injuries, and these can put you at high risk for developing chronic pain.
Often people describe full body aches, while others describe more localized pain in specific muscles and joints. This usually results from inflammation, swelling, and tearing of various tissues. Musculoskeletal injuries can affect the overall nervous system, leading to referred pain in areas that may seem unrelated to the injured region. Fatigue is another common factor with these injuries, as well as sleeping difficulties.
As with our whiplash treatment, we start off with physical and neurological examinations to get a better idea of where your pain is coming from, and how best to solve it.
A chiropractic adjustment is often the best treatment for musculoskeletal pain, as it can reduce inflammation and swelling, restore joint function, and allow your body to move more freely with a greater range of motion. Chiropractic adjustments are usually hands-on procedures, but can also be accompanied by an instrument. They involve a wide variety of joints in the body, usually in the spinal cord.
Integrative Physical Medicine Addresses the Cause, Not the Symptoms
Far too many people are using opioids for long-term treatment of chronic pain, and this is in part because far too many general practitioners are overprescribing them.
Opioids include oxycodone, hydrocodone, and fentanyl. These are basically synthetic forms of opiates, such as heroin and morphine. They affect the body in much the same way, and while they are effective painkillers and may be required for short-term use, should be abandoned once a healthy and natural solution has been found. Not only does opioid use completely fail to solve the underlying cause of your pain, it also leads to further problems, including:
- Physical dependence
- Abdominal distention and pain
- And liver damage
At Integrative Physical Medicine, our auto injury doctors offer treatment that doesn’t just mask the symptoms, it addresses the underlying cause. We understand that, like nature itself, the body is an interconnected system. An adjustment to one area of the body can have profound effects on another, seemingly unrelated part. We take a holistic approach rooted in a deep understanding of how car accidents affect the body.