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Traveling by car is something most of us take for granted every day—but according to the National Highway Traffic Association, a subsidiary of the U.S. Department of Transportation, there were more than 6.75 million police-reported car accidents in 2019. Of these, nearly two million of those car accidents resulted in injuries. Seeking medical help as soon as possible after a car accident is important for two core reasons:
Nextgen Pain & Injury Clinic has a staff of expert clinicians who specialize in treating car accident injuries and helping create positive outcomes. Our three locations serving Arlington, Texas, and Dallas, Texas have physicians and physical therapists who strive to provide the highest level of care to anyone suffering from a car accident or personal injury.
Whether you feel immediate or delayed pain, it’s critical to find a pain management doctor who specializes in treating car accident injuries. Soft tissue injuries, which are injuries to muscle, fat, fibrous tissue like ligaments, and other supportive tissues throughout the body, may manifest pain immediately These injuries include strains, sprains, tears, fractures, and other impediments to the soft tissues (not bones).
Pain that occurs right after a car accident is referred to as acute pain, meaning it comes on right away as a result of your injury and lessens over time. However, you can sustain injuries that lead to chronic pain that persists indefinitely and requires regular treatment or remedies for pain relief.
NextGen Pain & Injury Clinic treats many types of soft tissue injuries after car accidents, including:
Neck injuries, such as whiplash, can also result from car accidents. Whiplash is a common car accident injury because it occurs when the head jerks abruptly back and forth. Its primary symptoms are neck pain and stiffness, loss of range of motion in the neck, headaches (especially from the base of the neck), fatigue or dizziness, and worsening neck pain with movement—but some symptoms may not appear right away.
Rear-end car accidents cause the highest number of whiplash cases annually, but whiplash may also result from high impact sporting accidents, physical strikes to the head and other traumas, such as a falling from a height. Physicians may also call Whiplash a neck sprain or strain, terms which also include other forms of neck injuries.
Most people who suffer an incident of whiplash tend to heal on their own within a few weeks by following a treatment plan that includes pain medication and light exercise. However, some people suffer chronic neck pain and some lingering complications.
For acute pain, most whiplash sufferers will need pain medication, ice, and physical therapy, but whiplash can lead to chronic pain requiring injection treatment, massage, and heat treatment. That’s why it’s so important to visit a pain management doctor as soon as you’ve experienced whiplash, regardless of your pain level.
Back and spinal injuries can also occur as a result of a car accident. In fact, the Mayo Clinic cites motor vehicle accidents as the leading cause of spinal injury in the U.S. In addition to whiplash, you can sustain other back and spinal injuries after a crash, including herniated disc, spondylolisthesis (out-of-place vertebra/vertebrae), both of which can irritate nerves and cause further pain and weakness. Your NextGen pain management doctor can treat these injuries with medication management, physical therapy and pain management services.
Pain management doctors like the physicians at NextGen specialize in the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of pain. These doctors have completed additional training to become experts in treating acute and chronic pain. If you’ve been injured in a car accident, it’s important to see a doctor right away—and a pain management doctor will not only diagnose your injury and its severity, but also create a specialized treatment plan for you.
Whether you have head, neck, or back pain, or have sustained a soft tissue injury after a car accident, the pain specialists at NextGen Pain & Injury Clinic are experts in treating injuries and managing pain, whether acute or chronic. This treatment may include:
NextGen Pain & Injury Clinic serves three convenient locations in Arlington, Texas, and Dallas, Texas for complete pain management after a car accident. Our expert care teams deliver immediate care and long-term care solutions for individuals who have been injured in motor vehicle collisions and can support with case management if needed. Call us today at (817) 765-4343 (Arlington), (972) 838-1132 (Dallas).