Injuries resulting from auto accidents can show symptoms fast and furious or slowly creep up over years. Did you know that untreated car crash injuries that go untreated can lead to chronic pain decades later? Even if you feel “OK” after a crash, you should see an expert to assure no permanent damage has been done. Choosing a doctor who is experienced in diagnosing and treating car accident injuries, like whiplash, can not only help you relieve some of your immediate pain, but prevent issues down the road.
Pain Meds After a Car Accident vs. Comprehensive Care & Pain Management
With any pain the key to relief is treating the underlying injury – not simply masking the symptoms with pain medication. For treating severe pain after an auto accident, prescription painkillers such as oxycodone and other opioids are not the answer. Researchers have found that patients who were prescribed opioids were experiencing about the same level of relief as those who were prescribed nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as Ibuprofen. However, those who were initially prescribed highly addictive opioids were much more likely to still use the drugs after six weeks. At Oklahoma Pain Management, we believe that identifying the root cause of the pain and healing the injury is the path to pain relief.
Learn more about the importance of pain management after a car accident on our blog.
What to do after a car accident?
What to do after an accident can be confusing. If you are dealing with pain after a car accident or personal injury, Oklahoma Pain Management can help you find relief with no upfront out of pocket expense from you.
We deal with lawyers and insurance directly – so you don’t have to
We work directly with the insurance companies and attorneys so you don’t have to worry about it. Our team will get you scheduled for an appointment on short notice. Oklahoma Pain Management also works closely with a network of experienced physical therapists, surgeons and specialists to make sure our patients have the full spectrum of support they need to fully recover.
Contact us today to schedule your appointment and free yourself from lingering pain.
Common Injuries After a Car Crash
The force of a crash is particularly rough on the neck and vertebrae and often causes long-term pain conditions. The most common injuries we see in motor vehicle accident victims are:
Whiplash after car accident
Any abrupt jerking motion of the head and neck due to a motor vehicle accident can leave you with serious neck, shoulder and back pain. Standard X-rays of the neck may not reveal any injuries right away. The pain is still there. Most shoulder and neck pain after an auto accident arises from injuries to muscles and ligaments.
Neck and Shoulder Pain
Upper thoracic pain (between the shoulder blades) and lower neck pain is very common in car crash victims. There may be strained ligaments, altered spinal alignment, disc injuries, or other soft tissue injuries that need treatment. Having an injury in the upper thoracic area can cause pain in other areas of the body if not treated quickly. Pain management treatment such as a discogram can help diagnose the source of your neck pain.
Lower Back Pain
The tremendous force created during a crash is strong enough to tear soft tissue and shatter bones. Severe spinal injuries and muscle injuries are often the result of serious car collisions. Even minor fender benders can create significant back pain.
Do not delay treatment after a crash. Get help. Contact us today to schedule your post-auto accident evaluation and treatment.
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