Car Accident Injuries & Treatments

Car Accident Treatments & Therapy

Performed by Auto Accident Doctors and Chiropractors

Learn more about car accident injuries and our treatment options performed by doctors and chiropractors for auto accident injuries.

What to Expect at Chambers Medical Group After an Accident

For those who have never experienced an auto injury before, the prospect of visiting any clinic is a daunting one. In the next few paragraphs, you will receive an overview of the steps involved during an average visit to Chambers Medical Group.

For your first visit, you will see a physician who will ask you many questions and evaluate your injury. He or she will have you stretch, move, walk, and stand in order to assess the initial damage to your body caused by the car accident. All you have to do is perform the tasks to the best of your abilities and answer all questions honestly.

After your initial evaluation, you will be sent to the "therapy" area of our office (if ordered by the physician). A licensed massage therapist will lead you to a therapy room and instruct you in some range-of-motion exercises and some postural exercises.

Following that, you will be asked to disrobe to your waist (a gown will be provided for female patients) and the therapist will step out of the room in order to prepare for your therapy session.

Therapies may include: massage, ultrasound, electromuscular stimulation, hot or cold packs, or a combination of ultrasound and electromuscular stimulation. After your therapy has concluded, you simply sign some forms and off you go. It really is that simple!

The initial evaluation (your first scheduled visit) and final evaluation (your last scheduled visit) will take the longest. You will want to allow the time needed to perform these evaluations. Any other visits with the physician and the chiropractor should be much shorter.

We hope this helps you understand the various modalities that we use at Chambers Medical Group. If you have any questions do not hesitate to ask any of the professionals on our staff.


Treatments and Therapies for Car Accident Injuries

Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS):
Electrical muscle stimulation for car accident injuries utilizes low-level electrical impulses, which are transferred into the tissue (in the vicinity of the injury) through electrodes attached to the body. Learn more about electrical muscle stimulation.

Massage Therapy:
Massage therapy for car accident injuries is the therapeutic application of light, medium and/or deep pressure on the skin to affect the soft tissue of the body. Learn more about massage therapy.

Ultrasound Therapy:
Ultrasound therapy for car accident injuries utilizes ultra-high frequency sound waves (beyond the range of human hearing) which penetrates, vibrates, and heats the tissues at several different levels simultaneously. Learn more about ultrasound therapy.

Heat Therapy:
Heat therapy for car accident injuries utilizes hot packs or paraffin applied to the surface of the skin to help increase the temperature of the soft tissue directly below the skin. Learn more about heat therapy.

Cryotherapy:
Cryotherapy for car accident injuries is the application of cold packs to reduce the temperature of the tissue directly below the surface of the skin. Learn more about cryotherapy.

Rehabilitative Exercise Programs:
Rehabilitative exercise programs for car accident injuries use active and passive stretches that improve the body's range of motion and posture. Learn more about rehabilitative exercise programs.


Drink lots and lots of water!

With just a little therapy time and a lot of water drinking, you can feel better faster!


What Happens to My Body After an Auto Injury?

The answer to that question begins with TIME. How much time has passed since the injury? Here's a quick guide to help you figure out the stages of healing.

  • Stage IFirst 72 Hours After Injury

    Swelling and pain begin to develop around injured area.
    How do we treat this? The magic word is: RICE
    - REST and support of injured areas
    - ICE to block swelling, pain, and spasms
    - COMPRESSION wrapping the injury to reduce swelling
    - ELEVATION to reduce pain and throbbing sensations

  • Stage II2-4 Days After Injury

    Trapped fluid begins to restrict motion. This causes pain and delays healing.
    How do we treat this? Range-of-motion exercises are important. We need to keep the area in motion so that the fluid doesn't have a chance to settle. Also, the use of heat therapy begins at this stage. Heat causes red blood cells to rush to the affected area thereby encouraging the body's natural lymph system to flush out the fluid.

  • Stage III5 Days to 6 Weeks After Injury

    Buildup of fluids results in lack of range of motion. Lack of motion causes scar tissue in dense patterns, disrupting normal function resulting in:
    - Chronic pain
    - Limited range-of-motion
    - Chronic stiffness
    - Weakening of muscles & ligaments
    - Loss or normal sensation
    - Poor cellular health
    - Increased risk of re-injury
    - Accelerated degeneration

  • Stage IV3-14 weeks After Injury

    If no treatment is performed by this stage, loss of range of motion and pain may become permanent. How do we treat this? Allowing for nature and our treatment, you should be well on your way to feeling like your old self. Of course, nothing is guaranteed. For best results we recommend coming to therapy as often as prescribed, performing prescribed exercises and stretches at home, and drinking plenty of water.

Please contact us directly for more information.

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What You Can Expect After An Accident From Chambers Medical Group

What to Expect at Chambers Medical Group After an Accident.. For those who have never experienced an auto injury before, the prospect of visiting any clinic is a daunting one. In the next few paragraphs, you will receive an overview of the steps involved during an average visit to Chambers Medical Group. For your first visit, you will see a physician who will ask you many questions and evaluate your injury. He or she will have you stretch, move, walk, and stand in order to assess the initial damage to your body caused by the car accident. All you have to do is perform the tasks to the best of your abilities and answer all questions honestly. After your initial evaluation, you will be sent to the ``therapy`` area of our office (if ordered by the physician). A licensed massage therapist will lead you to a therapy room and instruct you in some range-of-motion exercises and some postural exercises. Following that, you will be asked to disrobe to your waist (a gown will be provided for female patients) and the therapist will step out of the room in order to prepare for your therapy session. Therapies may include: massage, ultrasound, electromuscular stimulation, hot or cold packs, or a combination of ultrasound and electromuscular stimulation. After your therapy has concluded, you simply sign some forms and off you go. It really is that simple! The initial evaluation (your first scheduled visit) and final evaluation (your last scheduled visit) will take the longest. You will want to allow the time needed to perform these evaluations. Any other visits with the physician and the chiropractor should be much shorter. We hope this helps you understand the various modalities that we use at Chambers Medical Group. If you have any questions do not hesitate to ask any of the professionals on our staff.

  • Does it hurt my case if a see a Lawyer before a doctor after my car accident?
    • It is generally a good idea to seek medical attention as soon as possible, after a car accident, even if you do not think you were seriously injured. Some injuries, such as whiplash, may not be immediately apparent, and it is important to get a thorough evaluation to determine the extent of your injuries. If you delay seeking medical treatment, it may be more difficult to link your injuries to the accident, and this could potentially harm your case if you decide to pursue a personal injury claim.

 

It is also a good idea to consult with a lawyer as soon as possible after a car accident, especially if you are considering pursuing a personal injury claim. An experienced lawyer can help you understand your legal options and advise you on the best course of action. They can also help you gather evidence and build a strong case to support your claim.

 

In summary, it is generally best to seek medical attention and consult with a lawyer as soon as possible after a car accident. This will help ensure that you get the medical treatment you need and protect your legal rights.

 

  • What is the difference between chiropractors and medical doctors?
    • Chiropractors and medical doctors are both healthcare professionals who are trained to diagnose and treat a variety of medical conditions. However, there are some key differences between the two types of professionals:
      • Training and education: Chiropractors typically receive a different type of training than medical doctors. Chiropractors typically focus on the musculoskeletal system, while medical doctors receive more general training in a wide range of medical areas.
      • Scope of practice: Chiropractors are trained to diagnose and treat conditions related to the musculoskeletal system, such as back pain, neck pain, and headaches. Medical doctors, on the other hand, are trained to diagnose and treat a much broader range of conditions that may affect any part of the body.
      • Treatment approaches: Chiropractors often use manual therapies, such as spinal adjustments and manipulations, to treat conditions. Medical doctors may use a variety of treatments, including medications, surgery, and therapies, to treat conditions.
      • Licensure: Both chiropractors and medical doctors are required to be licensed in order to practice in the United States. However, the requirements for licensure vary by state and may include different types of exams and training.

 

It’s important to note that chiropractors and medical doctors can work together as part of a healthcare team to provide the best possible care for a patient. In many cases, a patient may see both a chiropractor and a medical doctor for different aspects of their care.

 

  • Why is dizziness a common symptom following a car accident?
    • Dizziness is a common symptom after a car accident because the impact of the collision can cause a variety of physical and emotional stressors that can affect balance and orientation. Some possible causes of dizziness after a car accident include:
      • Head injuries: A blow to the head during a car accident can cause dizziness by disrupting the normal function of the inner ear, which helps regulate balance and orientation.
      • Whiplash: Whiplash is a neck injury that can occur during a car accident when the head is suddenly and violently thrown back and forth. This can cause dizziness, as well as neck pain and other symptoms.
      • Stress and anxiety: The psychological effects of a car accident, such as stress and anxiety, can also contribute to dizziness.
      • Dehydration: Dehydration can cause dizziness, and car accidents can cause dehydration due to the physical exertion involved in the collision or due to sweating or bleeding as a result of injuries.

 

It is important to see a healthcare provider after a car accident to determine the cause of any dizziness and receive appropriate treatment.

 

  • Why is TMJ a common injury after a car accident?
    • Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, also known as temporomandibular disorder (TMD), is a common condition that affects the joints that connect the lower jaw to the skull. The condition can cause pain and discomfort in the jaw, neck, and head, as well as difficulty opening and closing the mouth.

 

There are several factors that can contribute to the development of TMJ disorder, including injury to the jaw or surrounding muscles, stress, and teeth grinding (bruxism). One potential cause of TMJ disorder is trauma to the head or face, such as from a car accident. In a car accident, the head and neck can be subjected to significant forces, which can lead to injury of the jaw and surrounding muscles. This can cause inflammation and swelling in the jaw joint, leading to pain and difficulty moving the jaw.

 

It’s important to note that not all people who experience a car accident will develop TMJ disorder. However, it is a common condition that can occur following trauma to the head or face. If you are experiencing symptoms of TMJ disorder after a car accident, it is important to see a healthcare professional for a proper diagnosis and treatment.

 

  • What is the most common injury in a car accident?
    • The most common injuries in car accidents can vary depending on the specific circumstances of the accident and the types of vehicles involved. However, some common injuries that may occur in car accidents include:
      • Whiplash: This is a common injury that occurs when the neck is suddenly and forcefully jerked forward and backward. It can cause pain, stiffness, and difficulty moving the neck.
      • Head injuries: These injuries can range from mild concussions to more severe traumatic brain injuries. They can be caused by striking the head against a hard surface or by the brain being shaken inside the skull.
      • Fractures: Fractures, or broken bones, can occur in car accidents if a person is struck by a part of the vehicle or if they are thrown from the vehicle.
      • Lacerations: Lacerations, or cuts, can be caused by broken glass or other sharp objects in the vehicle.
      • Soft tissue injuries: These injuries can affect muscles, ligaments, and tendons and can be caused by the force of the collision or by being thrown around inside the vehicle.

 

Overall, the most common injuries in car accidents tend to be those that affect the head, neck, and upper body. These types of injuries can be serious and may require medical attention.

 

  • Do seatbelts really protect you in a car accident?
    • Yes, seat belts have been shown to save lives in a variety of traffic accidents. They are an effective safety measure that can help to reduce the risk of injury or death in the event of a collision.

 

In a car crash, seat belts help to keep you in your seat and prevent you from being thrown out of the vehicle or striking the inside of the vehicle.

 

This can help to reduce the likelihood of serious injuries such as head injuries, broken bones, and internal injuries. Seat belts also help to keep you in control of your vehicle, which can be important in preventing additional collisions or accidents.

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