Did you know that approximately 2.35 million Americans suffer an injury as a result of a car accident every year? If you experience whiplash, a concussion, or another type of injury as a result of a car accident, don’t hesitate to seek professional medical help. Jeff Halford, DO, and Brent Henderson, DO, at Pain Management of Oklahoma with offices in Broken Arrow, Sand Springs, Sallisaw, Grove, McAlester, and Bartlesville, Oklahoma, regularly work with people suffering from the effects of car accidents. To make your appointment, call the office nearest you today.
Yes. In fact, research suggests that car accidents are the leading cause of spinal injury in the United States. Fortunately, participating in preventive safety measures, such as wearing a seatbelt, can significantly lower your risk of a problem. One study even found that the risk of a spinal injury decreased by 35-42% as a result of wearing a seatbelt. There’s no way to prevent a car accident entirely, but you can drive defensively and be smart.
The injuries caused by car accidents vary from person to person and depend on the severity of the collision. However, some common car accident-related injuries include:
You might also develop chronic pain following a car accident. However, you can significantly lower your risk by making an appointment with the team at Pain Management of Oklahoma following a collision.
Yes. Even if you’re only in a minor accident, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Side effects like concussions don’t always appear until hours or even days after the initial collision. Visiting a doctor following a car accident is an easy way to check in on your overall health. It can also alert you to potential problems early on, before they become worse.
To diagnose car accident-related pain, Dr. Halford or Dr. Henderson does a physical exam, reviews your medical history, and asks about your symptoms. Depending on the nature of your car accident, he might also ask you to stand up, walk around the exam room, or turn your head from side to side. If these tests don’t provide adequate insights, your doctor might also order an X-ray or an MRI to get a closer look at your musculoskeletal system and underlying support structures.
At Pain Management of Oklahoma, Dr. Halford and Dr. Henderson use conservative, holistic treatment methods to address pain caused by car accidents. If you only have minor injuries, they might recommend rest, light exercise, or alternating between ice and heat therapy. For more serious injuries, they might recommend physical therapy, bracing, or a series of steroid shots or epidural injections.
If you’re struggling to recover following an automobile accident, the caring providers at Pain Management of Oklahoma can help; make an appointment by calling the office nearest you or by clicking the online booking tool today.