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 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 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 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 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.
Common Auto Accident Injuries
- Car Accident Injuries
- Truck Accident Injuries
- Work Accident Injuries
- Whiplash Injury
- Shoulder Pain & Injury
- Wrist Pain & Injury
- Hip Pain & Injury
- Knee Pain & Injury
- Jaw Pain (TMJ)
- Neck Pain & Injury
- Upper Back Pain
- Middle Back Pain
- Lower Back Pain
- Nerve Pain Relief
- Migraines and Headaches
- Bulging & Herniated Disc
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.