Auto Accident Injury Treatment in Las Vegas Nevada

Symptoms may not always occur immediately after an automobile accident. The patient may not have pain or associated symptoms for several days. When an auto accident occurs, the body’s soft tissue structures are often strained, sprained, overstretched, and distressed. These structures include the ligaments, tendons, and muscles. Without proper care, auto accident injuries can lead to long-term pain from scar tissue formation and other complications.

What conditions and injuries are associated with automobile accidents?

Auto accidents lead to whiplash (neck strain), traumatic brain injury, head trauma, shoulder dislocation, internal injuries, rotator cuff tears, bone fractures, and sprains/strains. Chronic back and/or neck pain often occurs after an auto accident.

What types of auto accidents occur?

  • Rear-end car accident – This is caused by one car hitting another in the rear. This often happens due to the front car making a sudden stop, and the automobile behind it being unable to stop in time.
  • Small fender-bender – Considered a minor collision, this is where one car bumps into another one at low-speed. However, these accidents can cause whiplash, back pain, and/or shoulder pain.
  • Side-impact accident – Called a T-bone collision, this involves one vehicle hitting another at the side (broadside). This accident is common at stop signs and red lights, where one car hits the side of another.
  • Head-on collision – When two cars hit each other head on, the drivers and passengers often suffer serious injuries.
  • Rollover accident – There are around 280,000 rollover accidents in the U.S. every year, which usually involves SUVs, mini-vans, and trucks.

What is the most common condition that occurs from automobile accidents?

Whiplash (cervical strain) is the most common injury related to an automobile accident, especially a rear-end collision. The neck is forced forward, and then backward, in a forceful manner, as with cracking a whip. When this occurs, the soft tissue structures are strained.

How do seatbelts cause injury?

During an automobile accident, most drivers and passengers are wearing seatbelts. The seatbelt can prevent the person from going through the windshield or being thrown from the vehicle, but it also can injure the chest, ribs, vertebrae, and abdomen region. Seatbelts are known to also cause severe soft tissue bruising and abrasions.

After an automobile accident, what injury treatment options are available?

The patient’s treatment depends on the specific injuries that occur. Treatment options include:

  • Chiropractic treatment – The pain management specialist may refer you to see a chiropractor, who is a doctor that specializes in automobile accident injuries. Spinal manipulation treatments are used to re-align the spine, relieve pain, and stimulate healing.

 

  • Medications – Pain can be treated with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or narcotic analgesics. For muscle spasms, the doctor may prescribe Baclofen or Robaxin, which are mild muscle relaxants.

 

  • Physical therapy – Depending on the severity of the patient’s injuries and condition, the pain specialist may recommend a course of physical therapy. The therapist uses electrical stimulation, ultrasound therapy, massage, and heat/cold therapy for pain relief, and teaches exercises that strengthen muscles and increase flexibility.

 

  • Epidural steroid injection (ESI) – When back pain occurs due to spinal nerve inflammation, the pain specialist may perform a series of ESIs. This involves inserting a small needle into the epidural space, which lies outside the spinal cord and nerves. A corticosteroid is injected, with or without a long-acting anesthetic. Based on current research reports, ESIs have an 80-90% efficacy rate.

 

  • Acupuncture – Many patients find relief of pain using acupuncture. This traditional Chinese therapy involves the insertion of tiny needles into the skin and muscles to stimulate the release of endorphins (chemicals that alleviate pain).

Resources

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