Even minor auto accidents can result in serious injuries; including whiplash, broken bones, and more. Many of these injuries can cause chronic pain and disability if left untreated. First Team Medical Clinics offers treatment options and rehabilitative services to patients who have sustained injuries due to auto accidents.
Automobile accidents can cause almost any type of injury. Some of these injuries, such as broken bones or lacerations, require immediate medical treatment and may not cause permanent damage. However, other injuries may continue to cause problems long after the accident. One of the most common auto accident injuries, that can continue to cause problems for the patient, is “whiplash”. Whiplash occurs when the patient’s neck is moved forcefully in a back-and-forth motion. Patients with this condition often experience pain primarily in the neck, as well as other uncomfortable symptoms. This can also be the original injury in the case of arthritis.
Other common auto accident injuries that may cause chronic pain and disability include injuries to the knee, shoulder, hips, or other joints.
Following an auto accident, patients should always seek medical treatment at a hospital or doctor’s office, especially if they have conditions that require immediate action. However, if the patient is continuing to experience pain after receiving initial treatment, they can make an appointment at FTMC.
When a patient comes in with auto accident injuries, the clinicians at First Team Medical Clinics will begin by reviewing the patient’s history, performing a thorough physical examination, and ordering imaging studies to determine the cause of the patient’s symptoms. Once the doctor knows why the patient is in pain, they will develop a customized treatment plan.
The doctors at FTMC may recommend several different treatment options to patients with auto accident injuries. For example, patients with auto accident injuries may benefit from corrective exercises, which are designed to strengthen weak areas of the body, improve mobility, and restore normal function. In addition, the doctors at FTMC may also recommend a referral for massage therapy, trigger point injections, joint injection therapy, and other conservative treatments, dependent on the each specific patient’s needs. Patients with this problem may also benefit from spinal manipulation. The purpose of spinal manipulation is to resolve any problems with alignment and insure mobility in the patient’s spine, that may be contributing to and individuals pain and additional symptoms.
The amount of time it takes to recover from auto accident injuries varies dependent on the extent of the injuries and the patient’s overall physical condition at the time of injury. Many patients experience some improvement quickly, however, most patients require multiple treatment sessions to reach their optimum level of functioning.
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