Treatments After a Car Accident to Help You Feel Better Fast

Automobile accident-related injuries are remarkably prevalent. Every year, around 3 million Americans are injured in an automobile collision. These injuries range in severity and can interfere with your mobility, independence, and overall quality of life. 

Dr. Navdeep Jassal, our board-certified pain management specialist here at Spine & Pain Institute of Florida provides thorough exams and treatment plans for automobile accident-related injuries. Our treatments help to reduce your pain and help you get back to your regular activities quickly and safely. 

This is what Dr. Jassal wants you to know about car collision injuries

Common injuries from automobile accident

Whiplash is one of the most prevalent car accident-related injuries. A sudden rear impact forces your head to jerk forward and backward rapidly. This strains your muscles and connective tissue in your neck, leading to pain and reduced mobility. 

You might also injure the muscles, bones, or connective tissue in your back, hips, or legs. A car accident can even cause a herniated disc. In a collision, you could damage a knee or elbow, break a rib, or have a head injury like a concussion. 

See a doctor as soon as possible

Even if you don’t have pain or other symptoms, you should get a medical assessment as quickly as possible after an automobile collision. Being in an accident can flood your body with adrenaline, which masks pain. Fortunately, we can diagnose injuries and start treatment right away.

Treatments to relieve auto injury pain

After your thorough exam, Dr. Jassal creates a personalized treatment plan to reduce and prevent pain from your auto injuries. Your plan may include one or more treatments, such as:

Medication

If your exam reveals swelling or inflammation around an injury, Dr. Jassal might prescribe nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). He may also recommend muscle relaxants to prevent the muscles surrounding your injury from getting tight and painful. 

Trigger point injections

Car accidents often strain muscles, causing abnormal areas of tension or muscle spasms. Dr. Jassal offers trigger point injections to relieve painful muscle spasms and restore your normal mobility.

Steroid injections

If you have a spinal injury, Dr. Jassal can provide steroid injections, which relieve swelling and inflammation in your spine and reduce your pain. Steroid injections are sometimes helpful for herniated discs or other conditions that narrow your spinal canal. 

You can also have steroid injections in injured joints, like your knees, to reduce inflammation and pain.

Physical therapy

Dr. Jassal often combines a pain-relieving treatment with physical therapy. While a trigger point injection or steroid injection can relieve your pain, physical therapy corrects the issue that’s causing the discomfort. While your pain is under control, you work with a physical therapist on exercises and stretches to restore your muscle strength and flexibility. 

If you’ve been in a car crash, don’t delay treatment, even if you’re not in pain. For expert diagnosis and customized treatments to help you feel better fast, give our office in Lakeland, Florida, a call or make an appointment online today.

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