Accident and Injury
Work Injury and Car Accident Treatment
Ark-La-Tex Spine Care is experienced in treating patients suffering from work injuries and car accidents. Our professional medical staff will work with your insurance company to make sure you receive the work injury treatment you need.
When accidents happen, injuries to soft tissue, bones, and the head can cause chronic pain. Pain management after a car accident is an important aspect of your recovery process.
Symptoms and Causes
When you experience an auto accident or work-related injury, sometimes pain is immediately apparent. Other times, you may not experience any pain. Regardless of whether you feel injured or not, it is still wisest to visit a credible, qualified accident physician immediately following the incident. It is normal for pain to occur hours, days, or even weeks after the original injury.
Lifting, falling, cutting and repetitive motions can all result in work-related injury. Those working in more physically demanding industries are at greater risk for getting a work-related injury.
Testing and Treatment
Because the symptoms of auto accidents and work-related injuries are so broad, testing must be determined by a doctor in order to properly diagnose and determine the best treatment option.
There are a number of injury treatment options that help the painful symptoms following a work-related injury or an auto accident, which include:
- Chiropractic Care: Accidents can cause the back or neck to become misaligned. Visiting a qualified chiropractor can help realign your spine and help encourage healing.
- Diagnostic Injections
- Disability Evaluation
- Electromyogram (EMG) and/or Electromylogram
- Epidural Steroid Injections: These minimally invasive injections can help alleviate pain and improve recovery by treating inflammation in the back, leg, neck, or arm.
- Full Medical Exam
- Functional Capacity Evaluation
- Ice: Icing the affected area can help reduce the swelling and pain of a muscle, ligament, or tendon injury.
- Maintenance Care (After Care)
- Massage Therapy: Soft tissue is easily damaged by the force exerted on the body during an accident. Damaged muscles can tighten or heal incorrectly, causing additional pain. Massage therapy can help relieve muscle pain and improve blood circulation to the injured tissue.
- Medication: Anti-inflammatories, muscle relaxants, and painkillers can all help an accident victim recover from their injuries by alleviating the pain and swelling, and allowing the injured areas to heal.
- Neck or Back Brace: Wearing a neck or back brace temporarily can be helpful for recovery. However, these muscles need to move in order to heal correctly, so restoring regular movement is important.
- Neurostimulation Therapy
- Physical Therapy: During an accident there can be damage to nerves and muscles resulting in limited range of motion and pain. Physical therapy will encourage healing and strengthening the injured area.
- Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA): Patients with chronic pain may benefit from RFA, which uses an electrical current produced by a radio wave to heat up a small area of nerve tissue. This can help reduce the pain signals that form in that particular area for the patient.
- Therapeutic Injections
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