Some 3 million Americans were hurt in car accidents last year. Unfortunately, many victims don’t seek treatment right away because they assume the injury will get better on its own. Without treatment, however, lower back, neck, joint, nerve, and other car accident injuries can turn into chronic health issues or could even become disabling. At Quantum Pain & Sports Medicine in Irving, Texas, double board-certified interventional pain management specialist Trung Ha, MD, offers customized multidisciplinary care to get you back to enjoying life fast. The practice is open six days a week for your convenience, so book online or call the office to schedule your consultation now.

What are the most common types of car accident injuries?

Car accident injuries can affect nearly any part of your body, but they most often impact the following areas:

Neck injuries
Whiplash is the most common car accident injury affecting the neck. This injury happens because of the sharp back-and-forth snap of your head during a collision. Ligaments, tendons, and muscles in your neck and upper shoulder area can all be affected. After a whiplash injury, you might experience neck stiffness, pain, and limited range of motion. 

Lower back injuries
Lower back injuries are typically tied to the lower back joints, nerves, and muscles, but can affect any tissue in your back. Often, pain can be so severe that you have difficulty moving and have a limited range of motion. In the most severe cases of lower back injury, you might become immobile without treatment.

Sciatica
Sciatica is an injury in which your sciatic nerve, the longest one in your body, gets compressed. This may happen in an auto accident in which you directly injure the sciatic nerve or suffer a herniated spinal disc that traps your sciatic nerve. Sciatica can cause serious lower back pain, and it may radiate down your leg as well.
Auto accident injuries can cause pain, stiffness, and range-of-motion difficulties in virtually any part of your body, so it’s important to have an evaluation at Quantum Pain & Sports Medicine as soon as possible if you’re involved in an accident.

What happens during my auto accident appointment?

During your evaluation at Quantum Pain & Sports Medicine, the compassionate team discusses your symptoms with you and performs a gentle but comprehensive exam of your spine, neck, and other injured areas. 

You may need diagnostic testing like X-rays or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to uncover the exact type of damage you suffered in your accident. This precise diagnostic process helps your pain management team develop the ideal recovery plan for you. 

How do you treat car accident injuries?

Quantum Pain & Sports Medicine offers personalized pain management solutions for car accident injuries.

Helpful treatments for auto accident injuries include:

  • Oral anti-inflammatory medication
  • Physical therapy, including strengthening exercises
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
  • Activity modification
  • Joint injections
  • Nerve injections
  • Tendon or ligament injections
  • Bursa injections
  • Regenerative medicine treatments with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) or stem cells

Recovery also depends on what you do at home between treatment sessions. The team recommends customized lifestyle changes to help you recover and regain the same level of function you had before the accident.
 
You can overcome whiplash, joint pain, muscle pain, and other auto accident pain to feel better than ever with help from Quantum Pain & Sports Medicine. Call the office or visit our contact page to book now.